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We will be bringing our traveling display of pens from Nakaya, Sailor, and Pilot to the DC Pen Show, August 8-10. This is your chance to try out Nakaya Urushi pens, write with Sailor Specialty Nibs, and experience John's unique Spencerian customization.
We will be taking orders at the show for any pen and nib available in our Los Angeles shop. Orders from the show will be promptly set-up (and customized, if applicable) by John, who will be in Los Angeles, then sent to your shipping address. We will also have pens with pre-set nibs available for carry-off sale at the show itself, but will not be doing any nib swaps, adjustments, repairs, or customizations on site. See our Pen Shows page for more details...
For those of you not able to make it to the pen show, we will be open special weekend hours of 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern time (6:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific) on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th. If weekdays are not usually a good time for you to call us, this is your opportunity to ask questions, talk to John about a special nib or customization, or simply place an order. Just call us at (323) 655-2641.
San Francisco Pen Show August 22-24
We will also be at the San Francisco Pen Show, August 22-24. We will have a wide selection of Nakaya, Sailor, and Pilot pens on hand to try out and purchase, along with many pre-customized nibs. John will be on hand in San Francisco, so we will be able to do set-ups and nib swaps on site. If there is a particular pen or nib you are interested in trying, please contact us by August 15th so that we can bring it to the show. Our table will be open from the afternoon of the 22nd through closing on Sunday the 24th - we hope to see you there!
Summer Sale on Pre-Owned Pens
We're celebrating summer by offering special pricing on many of our pre-owned pens. From vintage writing instruments to recent models, we have numerous pens available with additional savings. Just look for the Special Sale Price on selected models...
New and Newly Arrived
Intended for the European market only, we have managed to secure an extremely small number of OMAS Vintage Paragon 2014 Blue Saffron fountain pens for our customers. Only 131 of these fountain pens have been produced worldwide in each trim version. The limited numbers we have of the gold, HT and ruthenium trim versions are sure to go quickly. We are able to offer the full range of Paragon Old Style 18k nibs in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, or Extra Broad, as well as 14k Flessible nibs in Extra Fine Extra Flessible, Fine Extra Flessible, and Medium Extra Flessible. Retail $1095, our price $876.
Since being uploaded just over two years ago, this customer video demonstrating a Pilot Falcon with John's Spencerian customization has become a global phenomenon and has now received over four million views! While the Falcon Resin, Metal Falcon, and Justus 95 pens remain excellent choices, the same customization can also be done on any Nakaya brand pen, as well as Omas Vintage pens with Flessible nibs. For more information, see our Spencerian Customization page...
The Third Edition of Andreas Lambrou's Fountain Pens of the World is now in print. This authoritative 448 page book includes 170 full color plates as well as numerous other illustrations and reproductions. New chapters in this edition examine the history of limited edition pens and of special techniques such as guilloché engraving. Each copy we have has been personally signed by Andreas Lambrou. Retail $199, our special sale price $139.00. Free shipping via USPS Media Mail is provided for all U.S. domestic orders of this book. Our initial order has already sold out, but more signed copies are arriving later this month...
Sailor's new Colors of Four Seasons inks are now in stock and available for immediate shipment. The new colors are Shingure purple, Tokwa-Matsu green, Nioi Sumire blue-grey, Miruai dark green, Souten light blue, Doyou brown, Yama-Dori aqua, and Oku-Yama red-brown. Each 50 ml bottle, which includes a built-in reservoir for easy filling, is priced at $18.00.
Just arrived from Nakaya, the new Dorsal Fin Version 2 in smooth Ao-tamenuri offers a superb union of finish and form. The cap and barrel fins give this writing instrument a delightfully natural look and feel, while the rich dark hues of blue-tinged Ao-tamenuri evoke deep waters and moonlit nights. Each hand-crafted pen requires nine months to be produced, but we have two currently in stock and available for immediate shipment - our price, with your choice of standard Nakaya 14k solid gold nib, is $1320.
Two new arrivals from Nakaya showcase the warm hues of Shiro-tamenuri finish - the Piccolo Cigar Shiro-tamenuri and Piccolo Writer Shiro-tamenuri. Classic examples of Nakaya style, each pen has been hand-turned from naturally harvested ebonite hard-rubber and then finished in Urushi lacquer in the Wajima region on the west coast of Japan. Available with the full range of Nakaya 14k solid gold nibs, the price per pen is $650.
Arriving in late July and now available for pre-order, Platinum pays homage to the beach front resort of Nice on the Côte d'Azur with the new 3776 Century Nice Limited Edition fountain pen. The faceted transparent body is accented by rose gold trim, and the 14k solid gold nibs in Fine, Medium, or Broad are also rose gold-plated. This pen will be made available for a limited time only, and the first 2000 pieces will be individually numbered. As always, Platinum offers tremendous value - these limited edition pens retail for just $250 each, with our price $199 while they are still available.
Sailor renders homage to the bright days of summer with the new special edition Sky series, arriving in August. Available for a limited time only, these pens are being produced in all three Sailor sizes. The Sapporo/Pro Gear Slim Sky retails for $250, wih our price $200, the Pro Gear Sky retails for $390, with our price $312, and the King of Pen Sky retails for $1020, with our price $816. Pre-orders are now being accepted - you will not be charged until your pen arrives and then ships on to you.
Many customers have been noticing that, due to changes in Facebook's policies on organic reach, they are seeing less of our posts than they used to. If you have already Liked us on Facebook and want to increase your chances of seeing our posts, just go to our Facebook home page and click on Get Notifications, usually included as an option in the drop-down menu under "Liked". You will also receive an e-mail from Facebook when we post. Every time you Like a specific post also increases the odds that you will see further posts from us - this also applies to any other Page you follow on Facebook. We hope this information is helpful, and don't forget that for the latest in news and new products, you can also bookmark this page, and follow us on Twitter or Google+...
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@example.com, or use our convenient online order form. We'll be looking forward to hearing from you...
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