I left for the pen show with a short list of pens to buy and I am glad to say that I stuck to my list. The first up on the list was a Lamy Safari, I have standardized on Safaris for my ink testing and I felt that having one more would make testing easier. I was indifferent as to the pen's colour so long as it was unique from my safaris that I already have in my collection. Cruising the booths set up in the hotel atrium on Thursday morning showed this little beauty for sale. It had been used so it was listed for a slight discount from the cost of a new Safari but it came with a converter so I felt it was a good deal. It was only later in the weekend when I saw a New Old Stock version of this pen for $125 that I realized that it may be considered something special to certain collectors. Regardless, I'm putting it into service.
I met Gerald of MyCoffeePot.org in the hotel bar on Thursday night and we got to talking about our shopping lists for the show. It turned out that he was trying to sell a Pilot Custom 823 and I was looking to buy one. I had thought that I would buy a medium nibbed version but this broad is lovely to write with and easily won me over. This version is from Japan and is black with a smoke grey demonstrator body and all gold hardware. The versions in that are available in North America are amber; I would have been content with either colour. I have never owned a vacuum filling pen before and I am impressed with how easy it is to fill. Cleaning could be a different story but the pen holds so much ink I know it will be a while before I find out.
Finally, I had arranged to pick up a Franklin-Christoph Model 20 at the show. I had reserved a blue/violet one but when I saw this red tiger stripe I became smitten. What makes this pen special is that it is a slip cap, very few turned pens use this closure type since the manufacturing tolerances have to be held so close to ensure a good fit between the barrel and the cap. I vacillated between gold and steel nibs and went with the steel version in the end. I really couldn't tell the difference between the gold and steel nibbed tester pens that were available for use but there is a $90 price adder for a gold nib. This nib has the smallest bit of feedback so I may touch it up with a bit of micro mesh in the future