I know this sounds bloody stupid and obvious, but a lot of people these days see fountain pens as luxury items like mercedes and pocket watches, to be brought out once a month when they go to a White Tie dinner-party or something.
Fountain pens were made to be USED. So buy it and USE it. You're not going to waste $200 on a pen and then just sit it on your desk and drool over it, are you?
If you're uncomfortable with the pen or if you're self-conscious about using it, either don't buy it and keep searching, or say 'to hell with everyone else' and use it anyway.
April 9 - 11, 2010
Hotel: Crowne Plaza - Atlanta Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339
Hotel Phone: 770-955-1700
Show Info: Jimmy Dolive or Mort Epstein Phone: 888-867-7367
Show Website: www.atlantapenshow.com/
April 30 - May 2, 2010
Hotel: Westin O'Hare (Rosemont)
Hotel Phone: 800-937-8461; 888-625-4990
Show Info: Don Lavin Phone: 847-272-2745
Show Website: www.chicagopenshow.com
August 12 - 15, 2010
Hotel: Shearaton Premier Hotel -Tyson's Corner, Vienna, VA
Hotel Phone: 703-448-1234
Show Info: Bob Johnson Phone: 864-963-3834
Show Website: www.pencentral.com
Dallas September 24 - 25, 2010
Note New Location!
Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Dallas -- Galleria 4099 Valley View Lane
Hotel Phone: 972-385-9000
Show Info: Larry Bedinghaus PH: 972-529-5860, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Info: Pete Kirby PH: 972-529-6364, email: email@example.com
John in Covina,
Do you know of a show coming to the Pennsylvania area? Also, what's a good clearinghouse-type of site for information about such shows?
BTW: Please accept this formal thank you.
Some time ago, you suggested writing the word "Egypt" when trying out a new pen. That suggestion definitely saved me from wasting money buying by "the eye" instead of "the hand".
Heads up to anyone near a tuesday morning store:
All of the ones near me have gotten a lot of pens in. Mostly 'Retro 51' brand, the one I bought is a decent pen and only $10, but there are some Parkers and the like...