Three Sides, One Show

Last weekend I went to the Triangle Pen Show in Cary, N.C. Generally known as the “Raleigh Pen Show” it’s physically the closest one to me here in Southwest Virginia. I decided to spend the Saturday at the show and arrived a little over two hours of driving later.

It’s not a huge show but that works in its favor since I could cover all the vendors in my single day there. One couldn’t say there were not a lot of pens to see and try. Yes, the candy store metaphor can be used here. Like most shows it runs the whole weekend and has seminars, an auction, and other events scattered throughout. I also got to meet names I’ve only read about like Dr. David Isaacson and Howard Levy which was a pen geek thrill.

My temptations were many but in the end there were a few things on my short list. Dr. Isaacson had several  peacock blue Snorkels for sale. That’s the only Snork color I don’t have yet. Steve Braun showed his very reasonably priced Indian made hard rubber eyedropper pens there. I loved the matte and textured finishes in the ripple patterns. I had a nice conversation with  Rob Morrison and looked closely at a Sheaffer vacuum filler with a stub nib and a clear barrel at his table. Which one did I get? I’ll blog about it some day.

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, I got to meet someone in person who I had only been a friend with on Facebook. She was as nice and interesting in person as online. No “B” movie plot played out and she wasn’t a homicidal maniac who killed fountain pen collectors met on the internet.  Her husband was a great sport and followed her around the show actually taking an interest in the event.

Next show I plan to go to is the one in the Washington, D.C. Supershow. That one will surely tire me out.

Apologies to those who already saw these photos. This post is for the 2 people who might not have.

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  1. Kim
    June 22, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Lovely! I had this event on my calendar but was unable to make a road trip. I will be heading to the DC show, however! It looks like the Raleigh show is about the same size as the Philly show. Which is a fine size. I was able to spend several hours there in happy pen contemplation.

    Cary, NC is a nice place, someplace I feel I could imagine living.

  2. TAO
    June 22, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Sorry you couldn’t make it. It’s a good show for a day trip. I’ll probably spend Saturday and Sunday at the DC show. If you do go we should meet up and say hi.

    The Triangle area is very nice. I could live there too, but I don’t. 🙁
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  3. Kim
    June 22, 2009, 3:15 pm

    I will probably only be at the DC show on Saturday, but it depends on how things work out in regards to my big volunteering gig that week. It would be lovely to meet you then!

    By the way, I used to live in southwestern Virginia, from ’93 to ’97, the obvious four-year period helpfully indicating that I was there to complete my education. 🙂

  4. TAO
    June 22, 2009, 4:20 pm continue the fine art of communicating via comments:

    It would certainly would be nice to meet at the show and have lunch or such. I think my wife will be with me (but not actually at the show and thus my lunch idea) and I know she’d love to see your ink and show you hers. I might even have mine by then.

    I’m guessing you lived in Blacksburg for that time period. 🙂

  5. Kim
    June 23, 2009, 1:35 pm

    That sounds lovely! You have my email here and we can make plans closer to the date.

    I did indeed live in Blacksburg. I liked it at the time, although it was not the best period of my life for other reasons. The summers were the best, when the other students left. 🙂