A5 “Chicago” Journals by Curnow Bookbinding & Leatherwork. These are new to me, but I could not resist when I saw them on the Vanness table. I mean, look at that cover: Chicago’s lakefront. Nice.
Neat binding, too.
It’s a set of three journals with a lined guide insert. The pages are Tomoe River paper, which is great for fountain pen ink. I bought the larger size, A5. Very happy with this.
Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink Cartridges. I don’t use
much any yellow ink. So it was an easy decision not to buy a bottle of Montblanc’s limited edition Golden Yellow ink this year. But when I saw a box of the cartridges at the Andersons’ table late Sunday afternoon, I went for it.
I’ve been on a cartridge kick lately: I’m gone that route with Lamy’s new inks, too. A box of cartridges is a smaller commitment. I’m pretty happy with this.
Lamy Pico Laser Orange ballpoint. This Pico is going to be my new purse pen. The color is a fairly eye-poppingly extreme neon orange. “Laser Orange.” Like a laser to the retina. Compare it with Rhodia orange in these photos.
But I actually like it. I can easily find it in my purse. And no one will ever borrow it and forget to return it, right? They’ll probably run after me, pleading that I take it back.
And the fun factor is high with the Pico. It’s so tiny, but then you click that thinner part on top, and whoosh — I mean that: you actually get a “whoosh” sound — then whoosh that top part extends. While the ballpoint refill shoots out the other end.
So, it’s good. And the design is very Lamy.
Lamy White and Yellow Safaris with black clips. Okay, I already own both of these, so these are duplicates, too. But (i) these came with the older hard plastic boxes, and (ii) they were on Joel Hamilton’s table. So, boom, purchased.
But note from these photos that in the old days, not only did you get that genuine plastic box with your Safari, but the pens came with converters included. Damn. Those “get off my lawn” guys may really be onto something. Civilization really may have gone down the tubes over the last two decades.
Then, on Monday, after the pen show, I pulled the pens out of the boxes, and looked at them for basically the first time. The nib on the white Safari isn’t marked with the size, which is common on older Safaris, but the box says it has a medium nib.
In contrast, the nib on the yellow Safari is marked. It says “F,” for fine. But actually, it looks funny, maybe a little mangled. Not that it matters: I’m not going to use this pen. So, whatever. Still, I turn it over and try to figure out the damage.
Hey. That looks like an oblique nib — an oblique fine nib.
I think I might just use this one after all.
Oh, and it’s not like anyone should be counting, but it seems I now own six yellow Safaris. Up from the five I counted two months ago. When it hit me that I don’t actually use yellow pens.
But I’m sure that increasing the number of something that’s completely unnecessary is really very normal, and not at all insane. Let’s just go with that thought.
Lamy 2000 Mechanical Pencil. I’ve been intrigued by these for a while, and Bob Nurin had a bunch of them near the Picos. And it turns out that once I could look at the 2000 pencil in person, boom, purchased. I love it.
That went well.
KWZ ink samples. More KWZ inks to try. I ordered thmem from Vanness before the show, and they brought them with. I really am looking forward to trying more of these.
Rhodia dot pad. The Andersons had these with black or orange covers. Of course I chose the orange. It was rainy all weekend, and I’m thinking maybe that made bright and sunny colors extra-appealing. Or maybe my body is trying to tell me I have scurvy.
Lamy Safari Dark Lilac. I already own one, so this is a second. But (i) this one has an extra-fine nib, and (ii) Lamy fans know that if you like a limited edition Safari, you buy two. Because that is perfectly normal and not at all insane.