Lamy is an incredible brand of pens that we have done wonderfully with over the years. They have so many pens that range from your everyday writers to some more forward looking, advanced, modern pens.
As many of you who live and shop here in the store know White Flint mall where Bertram's Inkwell is located is going to be torn down and the whole property is going to be redeveloped. I'll be moving the store when the center closes down but hope to return when the project is complete. This articale appeared a Bethesda News board and will give you some information on the project.
I just want to share with you this article in today's Wall Street Journal. Bertram's Inkwell is a big fan of Faber Castell products. They have some amazing writing instruments, everything from fountain pens to roller balls and ballpoints. But what they're most known for is their pencils. The incredible quality of their pencils are unprecedented whether it's their all wood Perfect Pencils or the mechanical ones. Check out the article below.
In 1761, Kaspar Faber started to produce pencils in Stein, near Nuremberg. When the fourth generation, my great-grandfather - Baron Lothar von Faber - took over the company in 1839 he turned the pencil into a true quality product and the world's first branded writing instrument. Over the centuries, he and his descendants created remarkable products, and it was a personal challenge for me to rediscover the past and to transfer it to the present with timeless design and modern technology. The result is the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection, a range of extraordinary writing instruments and accessories. To me, they embody "Luxury in Simplicity" by combining selected materials, functionality and superb aesthetics.
I can't believe this is the 20th year for MontBlancs writers series. It all started in 1992 in New York City. Montblanc invited their top dealers from across the USA and introduced new fixtures for dealers who were willing to partner with them. Fixtures included 6' tall towers with a new type of lighting called halogen (imagine that, it was only 20 years ago)! Throughout the three days we enjoyed the best food and champagne around the clock. It was truly a remarkable event. The Plaza Hotel where we stayed was still getting the finishing touches of gold foil on the Plaster of Paris crown molding in the lobby. Donald Trump was still married to Ivanna and this hotel was to be their crown jewel. How fitting that Montblanc would introduce a new series of pen paying homage to the worlds most renowned authors. If this wasn't enough, Montblanc created the Patron of the Arts series as well.
The first in the writer's series as many of you may know (and hunger for) was the Hemingway. An ugly, matte orange and brown fountain pen and ball point pen, which of course looked nothing like the luxurious Meisterstuck series that we had been accustomed to know and love. Believe it or not, the Hemingway fountain pen at $600 was not easy to sell, and the ballpoint at $325 was equally challenging in 1992. Fast forward to 2012. For a series that was originally only planned for 10 years, we have now reached 20 years with no end in sight. For 2012, Montblanc pays homage to Jonathan Swift. He is the author of such great works as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Jonathan Swift: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swift
The series consists of four writing modes: 12,800 fountain pens worldwide were made with an 18k gold nib in various nib widths and a piston filling system, 8,800 rollerballs worldwide were made with the same size and dimensions as the fountain pen (rollerballs were not made in the original writers series except for once in 1997 with the Dostoevsky collection where 6300 were made and resumed making them some years later for the Thomas Mann and have continued to make them since), 14,600 twist-action ballpoint pens worldwide were made, and the matching mechanical pencil to the ballpoint were made in .7mm (not sold individually). These pens are also sold in 2 versions of 3-piece sets consisting of fountain pen, roller ball, and mechanical pencil, or fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil.
Prices on these are comparable to years past. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
Pelikan continues to come out with some beautiful pens. And the Ruby Red live up to those expectations. Third in the series starting with the green then the white this pen is my favorite. The resign is similar to the Parker Duofold of years ago but much brighter and greater in detail. The Fountain pens or M600 come in standard nibs, EF, F, M B. Pelikan who's pens are sold in the USA By Chartpak has other nib sizes available if you want to exchange from these basic's. How about OM< OB or BB for those whose really want to out some ink to paper. As with all Pelikan M600's the nib is a 2 tone 14kt gold.
The K600 or ball point pen is an excellent size and the 345.00 price point is a lot lower then Mont Blanc's comperable 164 model. I like to use Monteverde SuperBroad ball point refills in blue/black in this pen, while some folks really enjoy Monteverdes' broad Gel refills. Thats right Broad Gel refills from Monteverde while they wont last a long time but the Cherry Red color on the K600 and a broad gel will make any signature pop. Schmidt EZ flow in blue and black or Parker standard ball point refills fit this pen.
Please check out the prices on the website for current specials the prices listed above are the list prices set by pelikan.
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Got a message from Luxury Brands the other day with the attached Platinum Limited edition fountain Pen and thought you might be interested in talking a look. The Shoji LE as it's called is a great writer with a 14kt gold nib. The nibs are available in SF (soft fine) Fine, Medium and broad. For those you who have used a Platinum before I'm sure I don't have convince you how well they write. But for those who don't know please check out the photo above where the pen writes in a green line notice how exact the line is? Meaning there is very little line variation when writing thus assuring an exact flow with a wonderfully smooth nib. I received a few of these pens but should have lots more in the coming weeks and I should have them up in the site soon. If you want one sooner please email me and can take your order that way.
List price for the Platinum Century Shoji is 270.00 Blog price 220.00 I'll cover shipping.
Well the title says it all but I have a little more to tell you about Nino's visit to my store last week. With balloons filled (No hot air Here), olives in their separate bowls, the Bufala Mozzarella chilled to the correct temp. the Chianti was ready to be poured. It was a great to have Nino with his wife Lina along with Delta's expert manager George vist us at Bertram's Inkwell, Jerry Greenberg and Ken Jones from Yafa accompanied the 3 visitors on a week long trip from New York to Bertram's Inkwell. We spoke of the trends and struggels challenging the pen industry. Delta has been a leader with the intorduction of many new pens over the years including there lastet collection a leather line called Markiaro. Delta's Indigonius series has been a proven winner among pen collectors since 2003 with the intodution of the Maasi and every year since has come out with a new collection. That reminds me of the current series called Kanaka Maoli or Hawaii. I'll get that blog together soon. After an extensive tour of the store it was time for lunch and this is where the good stuff always comes out. You can have all the meetings you want but the best work gets done while sitting down and having a good meal.
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Check out the pictures from our meeting
Just a quick update for those of you planning to go to Miami for the pen show at the Dadeland Marriott next moth. The first round of post cards have been sent as an early reminder for folks in the South East. States I mailed to included Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. This was a mass mailing and other postcards were were sent to lists in many other states. Press releases will be sent to media outlets in the coming week with the hopes of getting press coverage before and during the show. Adds in the Miami Herald will run 7-10 days prior to the show. The room block is filling up, but as of today I still have rooms. BUT the rate in only good till 07-02-2012 so please book your rooms now to get the pen show rate. Dealers will be listed this week and if your still have not decided to attend please do consider this show. I have dealers coming from all across the USA, as well as Mexico,Russia and South America giving the Miami Pen show a more international presence. Which in turn can will bring more attention to the show and more folks coming through the doors.
Check out the new colors from Diamine Ink! They aren't available through the site yet, but send us an email or give us a call to order! Standard Diamine Ink price of $12.95
The Montblanc Grace Kelly Princesse Grace de Monaco Rollerball Pen. The Grace Kelly Montblanc Rollerball Pen is inspired by a woman whose beauty and grace made her a style icon for generations. The body is crafted into a slender, elegant shape perfectly suited to fit any hand. The barrel is made of precious, gold-plated deep purple resin. The twist-action cap is made of the same material and is beautifully accented by a champagne-toned gold trim with a feminine neckline. The end of the clip meets at a drop-cut pink topaz gem. Underneath the cap is an intricate engraving of Princess Grace’s monogram.
The Mapuche people were the first inhabitants of half of the area today known as Chile and Argentina. Before the Spanish arrived in 1541, the Mapuche occupied a vast territory in the Southern Cone of the continent. The Mapuche nation now constitutes the third largest indigenous society in South America.
The Mapuche people were the first inhabitants of half of the area today known as Chile and Argentina. The Mapuche occupied a vast territory in the Southern Cone of the continent. The Mapuche nation now constitutes the third largest indigenous society in South America. A century after their arrival, the Spanish signed the Treaty of Quillin (1641) which defined the frontiers with the Mapuche nation. With the defeat of the Spanish by the newly formed states of Argentina and Chile in 1810, the original treaties of 1641 were abrogated. The new Republics instigated treaties leading to the gradual takeover of the Mapuche territory. Under the pretext of promoting civilization and Christianity, the Mapuche people suffered territorial conquest, military aggression and persecution resulting in the destruction of entire communities. The new democratic government in Chile has provided financial support for Mapuche groups. The call now is for judicious funding of projects that the Mapuche themselves plan. This direct enablement to exercise our self-determination and autonomy holds the key to success in ensuring the rights and interests of our people in the future. However, as the press has frequently testified, the Mapuche nation is growing in population terms, getting stronger and continuing with more vitality than ever. The Mapuche persist in
The Mapuche collection includes a limited release of 541 fountain pens (1KS) in 925‰ sterling silver gold plated with push button filling system nominated Special Limited edition. The Limited Edition comprises both 1541 fountain pens (1K) and ball pens (2) in 925‰ sterling silver. The ball pens are easily convertible into roller balls.
DM83020 Delta Mapuche Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen $495.00 Retail
Well we finally booked the 2012 Miami Pen Show. While I tried to work things out with the Biltmore we just could not come to terms. So for now it's so long Biltmore hello Marriott Dadeland. This is a traditional Marriott with all the bells and whistles you might expect. But what this hotel offers which most shows dont is the ammenities like the Dadeland Mall. What's the big deal about a mall at a pen show you might ask? Well it's the resturants that are within walking distance that are located in and around the mall and hotel. I look forward to this new venue with a great location just 10 mile south of Miami Intl Airport, with easy access by car and train tranportation. Lots more to share with you but for now I need to get the website updated and try to figure out the table configuration, this show will be in the Dantran Ballroom wich at 3500SF will only hold aprox 60 tables with wall space at a premium. I hope to have a layout of the room posted soon so folks can select the table or location they choose.
Mark your calendar for July 20-21-22, 2012 for the Miami Pen Show Dadeland.
Whith the success of J.herbin's 1670 Anniversary ink the great minds at Exaclair have a new ink coming out in early March "Forget me not" Heart ink bottle. Metallic box with tissue paper and ribbon.Hand-dipped blue wax seal cap
Discover "Forget me not" a beautiful gift set from J. herbin with bleu Myosotis ink and the story behind it. Legend has it these were the last words of a knight to his beloved. a refined presentation for a gift, symbol of memory and remembrance. Great for all fountain pens.
Just had lunch with David Macdougle of Visconti pens and placed an order for Visconti's latest color ink, Purple! Visconti seems to be the next compnay offering purple in the 2012 line up. J.Herbin announced that they will be offering a purple coming out in March. Of course this is not a new color but knowing these to companies I'm sure they will be eye poping. Montblanc introduced a Purple last year called Lavender Purple and we were out of stock more then in stock. So I placed a very large order with both brands. Visconti should be on the shelf by Friday but the J. Herbin not till Mid March.
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