Atlanta Pen Show Haul

I was able to wrap in some other vacation with my trip to the Atlanta Pen Show so I’m a bit late posting my haul from the day I got to spend with some great people!

I was able to knock out many of my goals from my day one post

An added bonus was meeting Myke Hurley of Pen Addict Podcast fame and Jeff, Brad’s partner, at NockCo and Dan Bishop of Karas Kustoms.  MANY MANY other great pen people.

Here is my bring home:

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  • Everything I could grab at NockCo booth, that was a busy place.
  • A Brass Bolt and pocket protector from Karas Kustoms
  • Salamander Diamine ink from the Anderson Pen Co
  • My big find was the Visconti Divina Desert Springs LE Fountain Pen

Already working on my budget to have some pen money saved for the big one in DC in August.

What have you picked up recently that you really like?

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Atlanta Pen Show Day 1

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I got here. My travels are quite nominal compared to others. The hop skip and a jump up from Tampa was uneventful. A little bit of rain and Atlanta traffic but we made it in time to see the ballroom from a far. Lots of buzz in the foyer and spotted so far:

  • Ana from Well-Appointed Desk
  • Mike Masuyama of Mike-It-Work (or a twin brother)
  • Lisa and Brian Anderson
  • The Shuttle going to the NockCo party

I have my shopping list and ready for tomorrow

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Atlanta Pen Show. I’m Going!

atl_showI’m going and can’t wait for the road trip in just a couple of days.   This will be my first pen show and I have survived most of the usual ridicule from non-pen users. “You’re driving how far to go to a show about pens?”.  Well matter of fact yes I am and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Here is my shopping list, not all will be buys but what I will be looking at:

  • I want to hold and fondle a MB 149
  • A Bexley Broad
  • An Edison Broad
  • Anything with a double broad to see if it’s too magic marker for me
  • Try a true italic nib
  • A nice three pen case
  • Anything NockCo
  • Meet Brad Dowdy, Mike Dudek, Ed Jelley, Ana Reinhart

Are you going?  Any tips you would like to share with a pen show newbie?

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Staples Sonix Pen Review

I’m not a big disposable pen user but I recently picked up one of Staples’ house brand pens as it was the only thing available. It’s a much longer story as to why I didn’t have at least one real pen on my person at the time but use of a standard plastic big box store (“SPBBS”) pen was not as traumatic as I expected.

All the big box stores have their branding they use for their house brand. Office Depot using FORAY and looks like Staples uses SONIX for some of their writing instruments.

The Sonix I picked up was their retractable Gel .7 mm blue and it keeps company with a box of 11 identical twins on the shelf.

Overall Appearance and Shape

Like many SPBBS pens the body is the color of the ink inside. I like that simple feature for pens that are really grab and go and maybe never to be seen again. There is a pleasing shape to the pen that is comfortable to hold for longer writing sessions thanks a substantial diameter and a slight bump in the shape around the tip. A couple of styling touches are the chrome cone, the slanted knock and a translucent clip. Nothing to stand out from other SPBBS examples but certainly not ugly. It would easily get lost in drawer of others.

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Clip

Nothing special, again typical SPBBS but it works and does it’s job without a lot of fuss or fanfare

Writing

Writing with the Sonix is where I was really impressed and using the pen is what made me consider scratching out this review. The Sonix is considered a gel ink with a blue hue that is pleasing and very typical. The writing experience is smooth without being slippery and your finished sentences are blotch free. Most SPBBS pens in this genre try to make the ink to paper experience as slippery as possible to give the impression of SMOOTH. What I find is the result of those engineering efforts is like writing with motor oil on glass. Too slippery, puddling ink where letters stop just before you lift up the tip from the paper. Whoever is making these for Staples hit a home-run, none of that here.

Value

At $.71 each I put the Sonix up against a Uniball Jetstream or similar any day. I would not hesitate to skip the $3.38 Uni and buy 4 Sonix. Though I suspect the Sonix are by the dozen only.

A great writer with nothing that distracts the pen from being a good solid disposable. You would do very well if you need disposable pens in bulk for large groups, work or just need enough for every drawer in the house.

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