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Visit Us at the Los Angeles International Pen Show,
February 11-14 2016
We will be bringing a wide selection of pens from Nakaya, Sailor, Eboya, Pilot, and more to the the 2016 Los Angeles International Pen Show, held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott on President’s Day weekend, February 11-14. This is your opportunity to try out Nakaya Urushi pens, write with Sailor Specialty Nibs, and experience our unique Spencerian customization.
Our Nakaya Desk Pen displays allow you to try out the full range of all Nakaya standard stock nibs, as well as examples of all John's major customizations such as Stub, Cursive Italic, and Architect's Point. Samples of many other Nakaya pen models and colors will also be on hand. Many Sailor Specialty Nibs will be available for try-out, and examples of now-famous Spencerian customization as seen on YouTube will be available on Pilot Custom 912 series pens.
All pens at our table will be available for sale, and John and his apprentice Gena will be on hand to do set-ups and nib swaps on pens and nib units purchased from us - please note that John will not be at the show on Thursday. John will also have limited availability Friday and Saturday to perform minor repairs and adjustments on pens not originally purchased from us - please note that due to the volume of visitors to our table on Sunday, he will not be available for work on outside pens on that day.
John will also be speaking on Saturday at 2:00 pm on The Enduring Nib: "Why is a technology that was developed over 100 years ago still so compelling for us today? Some of us find it reassuring that, in an era of monthly product cycles, there is something that holds constant, the fountain pen. Much of that constancy is in the enduring qualities of the gold nib."
Purchase of a Trader ticket, allowing for admission on all four days of the show, costs $65 and is highly recommended for those looking to spend significant time at the table. On Sunday only, General Admission tickets are available for $7.00. For more information, visit the LA Pen Show web site.
Even if you aren't in town for the show, you can still take part in our own virtual pen show - staff is available in the shop special weekend hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th to answer questions and take orders. Just call us at (323) 655-2641, or e-mail [email protected]...
Sailor Specialty Nibs - Limited Availability
Sailor specialty nibs have long been a favorite with many pen owners, but increasing demand has forced Sailor to temporarily suspend new orders for all specialty nibs other than the Naginata Togi series, with even those nibs requiring a year or more each to be produced.
We have a very small number of both Naginata Togi and other Sailor specialty nibs still in stock or on back order, after which availability will be highly uncertain. If you have considered purchasing a pen with a Sailor specialty nib, we strongly suggest contacting us now at [email protected] or (323) 655-2641 to reserve any of your choices that might still be available...
Pelikan Pen Prices Rising February 15
Pelikan pens are a perennial favorite with many pen lovers, but prices on most Pelikan products will be rising by approximately ten percent on February 15th. Until then, we are still able to offer our current low pricing on the M400, M600, M800, and M1000 series pens, as well as on Pelikan nib units and the popular M200 series pens, made available by us exclusively with 14k solid gold nibs.
Use our online order form or contact us at [email protected] or (323) 655-2641 - your order must be received and the invoice approved by you before February 15th to qualify.
Special Sale Pricing on Pelikan M101N Lizard and M101N Red Tortoiseshell Special Editions
Pelikan has authorized us to provide special sale pricing on two distinctive special editions - the M101N Lizard and M101N Red Tortoiseshell. Both M400-size pens are long since sold out at the wholesale level, but we brought in extra stock for our customers and are pleased to now be able to offer these pens at a special discount.
Available with specially inscribed 14k solid gold rhodium-plated nib in Fine or Medium, the M101N Lizard had a retail price of $625, with our usual sale price of $495 now discounted to $390. The M101N Red Tortoiseshell, avaiable with specially inscribed 14k solid gold nib in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, or Broad, had a retail price of $650, with our usual sale price of $520 now discounted to $445.
We are able to offer this special pricing for a limited time only, and available quantities of both pens are also limited. You can place your order now via our convenient online order form, or by contacting us at [email protected] or (323) 655-2641.
Pelikan M800 Grand Place Now In Stock
Now in stock, the Pelikan M800 Souverän Grand Place revives a rich swirling design previously available only in the smaller M600 series. This special edition pen is being produced for a limited time only, but we have managed to secure a small number for our customers - 18k solid gold nib sizes are Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, and, exclusively through us here, Extra Broad. Retail $850, our price $680.
Sale! Platinum Century Nice Pur Limited Edition
For a limited time only, Platinum is offering special sale pricing on the 3776 Century Nice Pur Limited Edition fountain pen.
Available in just 2000 numbered pieces worldwide, this lined demonstrator pen is provided with your choice of solid gold 14k rhodium-plated nib in Fine, Fine-Medium, Medium, or Broad. Already a value at the suggested retail price of $250, with our usual sale price $199, Platinum is authorizing us to make these pens available for a short period of time at the special sale price of just $159.
Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before shipping. See our nib set-up and optimization page for more details.
Have questions? Ready to place an order? As always, you can call us at (323) 655-2641, e-mail us at [email protected], or use our convenient online order form. We'll be looking forward to hearing from you...
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