This weekend was dedicated to attending Scriptus, Toronto's pen show. The organizers knock it out of the park every year and it keeps getting bigger. The show is held in Toronto's main branch of the public library and is free for all attendees. With just under a hundred tables there is lots to see and the good attendance ensures that you will meet plenty of pen friends on site.
My wife and I drove the 5 hours to Toronto the day before the show and met up with Mary and Fred Collis for a nice evening of socializing. If you haven't read Mary's blog, "From The Pen Cup" you really should. We fuelled up on Sunday morning at the Sunset Grill before going to the show. Even though it had only been open for 30 minutes, the place was PACKED!
We walked from booth to booth reviewing what the vendors had on offer as well as bumping into friends that we knew from past shows in Toronto and DC. The photos should give you a flavour of the show.
Even though I didn't have a list going in, I found two pens that I have been considering purchasing for several years. My first purchase was a Graf von Faber Castell Intuition. Gerald Taylor of the now sunsetted "My Coffee Pot" blog first showed me this pen at Scriptus in 2014 and I have been thinking about purchasing one ever since. It is unique because the section and barrel are one and the nib unit is removed from the front of the pen to access the converter. A very comfortable design and a great nib to boot.
My second purchase was a Montblanc Bohème safety pen with a retractable nib. As a Mechanical Designer, this mechanism really tickles my fancy and the other Designers in my office though it was pretty cool too when I showed it off at work today. Brad Dowdy showed this model of pen to me at the 2016 DC pen show and it has been in the back of my mind as a possible purchase ever since. I'm glad I was able to fine one at the show.
We left the show in the early afternoon and made it back home in time to tuck our 7 year old into bed and get ready for the week ahead. A good trip all around.
This will likely be the last post on the blog. In the new year the subscription will come due on Square Space and I don't think that I will be renewing it. Other hobbies have taken presence over blogging and I will be focussing my attention there. The pens and friends are still lots of fun, I just won't be writing about it.
All the best,