We’re excited about the 2016 Miami Pen Show!! This year’s show will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center July 15-17, 2016! This is a great location and just minutes from downtown Miami and South Beach.
Connected to the Miami International Merchandise Mart and the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC), this contemporary Miami hotel is just minutes from the southwest corner of Miami International Airport (MIA). It’s conveniently situated by the Waterford Blue Lagoon Business District with easy highway access to the downtown attractions, Coconut Grove shopping and South Beach nightlife.
Enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in and settle into an over-sized guest room or suite. Rooms were recently renovated to reflect the local style and flair of Miami and offer amenities such as complimentary WiFi, a beauty and spa salon, plaza of specialty shops, 24-hour complimentary airport transportation to/from MIA Airport, and large state-of-the-art fitness facility. Relax with friends and family at the temperature controlled outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Dine at one of four restaurants and lounges featuring an array of culinary creations. For fine steaks and fresh Florida seafood, be sure and visit Rioja Grille.
The Hilton DoubleTree is a convention center hotel, which has room for us to grow the show, enabling us to remain at this location for years to come.
Just a quick update for those of you planning to go to Miami for the pen show at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center in July. The first round of post cards will be sent in early July as an early reminder for folks in the South East. States I will be mailing to include Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. This will be a mass mailing. Other postcards will be sent to lists in many other states. Press releases will be sent to media outlets in late June or early July with the hopes of getting press coverage before and during the show. We have a substantial room block at the hotel at the great rate of $119 per night, ensuring everyone can get a room. Dealers will be listed in the coming weeks, and if you still have not decided to attend, please do consider this show. I have dealers coming from all across the USA, as well as all over the world, giving the Miami Pen show a truly international prominence, which in turn will bring more attention to the show and more folks coming through the doors.
This year, the show will have more seminars and classes to keep attendees busy all weekend long. Classes will include calligraphy, early introduction to cursive writing and/or journaling, how to buy and sell on eBay, what pen should I look at when first collecting, vintage vs. modern, how any fountain pen can improve your handwriting, and the beginner’s guide to Instagram, Facebook, and the social media revolution, and many more still in the works that I’ll be posting as we finalize them. The show will not end each night at the designated time. But it will continue on into the night with afterparties and social media get-togethers. We have partnered with Fountain Pen Day, and Bryan Hulser of Kenro Industries (i.e. Aurora, Montegrappa, Bugatti, Tibaldi, Dalvey, and U-Boat).
Also, I’d like to recognize the sponsor of the show, Yafa Pen Company, distributor and manufacturer of great brands like Delta, Stipula, Conklin, and Monteverde. Yafa Brands - where a world of luxury and innovation become one!
Please contact me directly with any questions you may have.
Check out the newest pen from Bexley called the Patriarch!
Bexley has outdone itself with this great marbled design on the cap and barrel. Gold plated adornments with wonderful detail all over the pen will make this one of the first pens you reach for when you want to show off your pen. Dozens of seperate hand-crafted operations, and twenty-two years of leadership in the making of fine writing instruments go into these new Bexleys - just examine the detail of the finish. The perfectly finished fountain pen nib being a smooth writer right out of the box, the carefully engineered Bexley feed, and the balance in your hand, all promise you many years of smooth, easy writing from your new Bexley Patriarch. Each pen akin to a jewel, so beautifully does it reflect today's mode of color in personal appointments. Many of you who are familiar with vintage writing instruments will immediately recognize Bexley's interpretation and design inspiration of a classic and highly sought after design from the 1930's. Available in Green, Forest, Red, and Blue, 5-17/32" Capped and 6-25/32" Posted makes a great addition for your collection.
The new Retro 1951 Bouquet Popper Limited Edition pen is a beautifully imagined, pastel themed pen! Spring, Easter, and Mother’s Day are just a couple of the reasons for the creation of the new Bouquet Tornado Popper. But then again, who needs a reason? You don’t need a holiday to justify making a floral design, but with the change of the season perhaps a pop of color is necessary. The Bouquet is printed with several colors, accented with satin gold and the top ring is numbered up to 1008 pieces. The Bouquet popper is a gift for someone special and/or to yourself for surviving yet another cold winter. Whatever the reason, it will surely brighten the day. #Retro51 #Bouquet #LimitedEdition #Pen
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BACK TO THE FUTURE should be the caption for this wonderful pen. The WAHL-EVERSHARP Oversized DECOBAND pneumatic filling pen with SUPERFLEX nib and 2 ml ink capacity sets a new standard for beauty and elegance by recapturing the classic design first introduced in 1929...only bigger and better! The pen is constructed using the finest materials available. The pen body and cap material are beautiful Rosewood ebonite, all exterior metal is heavily gold plated and the internal mechanism is brass.
The above came off the Eversharp website. This writer has a whole lot more to say about this collection of writing instruments. One word that comes to mind is "Extrordinary" "Exceptional" "The only truly new pen in years" "Quality" 'Craftmansship" "Percision" "Masive" "All new". A lot of words which are easy to write but they are great place to start. The Deco Band is really well described in these words because there is no modern pen that has come to market in recent years which is really new. Now I'm not saying no good pens are out there. Most are just remakes of the same styles in different colors or the internal workings from most manufactures are used over and over in the new models that are introduced.
That stops with the Deco Band. This pen ia all new. Starting with the size, profile, cap, clip and body. Overall dimensions are below
Overall length with cap closed 14.9cm
Cap length 7cm
Nib tip to barrel end 14.2cm
Lenght with cap posted 19.5cm
Diameter top of cap 1.8cm
Diameter end of barrel 1.4cm
While it may be difficult to get a true idea of the impressive nature of these pens let me assure you there is nothing really on the market that compares to this pen.
The Deco band comes in 2 nib options and it's not fine or medium. Superflex and Semiflex both are made from 14 karat gold. Light pressure forms a fairly fine line and with added pressure a medium can transform the tip to a very expressive medium or even to a double broad. The flow of ink has no trouble keeping up with this demanding requirement for so much ink. At the time of this writing Bertram's Inkwell will reccomend the Semiflex nib due to its added durability. The Superflex nib while more responsive may require a more disciplined hand that won't bear down with to great a force thus springing or bending the nib.
The filling system of this pen have been completly redesigned from the old original Pneumatic filling systems of yesteryear. While the concept remains the same, all parts are newly enginered in this filling system. The results are quite impressve with a larger than avarage or I might say the largest ink capacity of any modern pen. To fill the pen one unscrews the knurled filler knob at the end of the pen barrel. Pull the pneumatic piston all the way out. Insert the nib completly in ink even covering a small portion of the grip section. Cover the breather hole in the knurled end of the cap with your finger durning the entire down stroke of the filler pistion then release your finger and count to five. Remove the pen form the ink wipe off any excess and our ready to write. What happens when you fill a pen like this is, the filler fills with air and when we press down pressure is created and the sack in the barrel collapses forcing air out of the sack. When we release our finger from the top of the knob you will hear a wisp of air entering the barrel thus allowing the sac to expand again creating a vacuum and sucking up the ink. If you want to clean out the pen or change inks keep you finger on the breather hole when pushing the pistion down and you will remove most ink and or water.
The collection comes in 3 period appropriate finishes, Rosewood red hard rubber, solid black hard rubber and Marbled Lapis blue. Each is unique in there own way. The fit and finish on the pens is first rate with a zero defect rate in the follwowing categories.
Material: Well above other brands
Nib: 14kt gold smooth with consistant and precise flow.
Feed: Hand painted Ebonite split feed.
Cap: Threaded inner cap, closing on brass threads on the barrel, again precision design threads don't bind or have any difficulty in closoure.
Barrel: section to brass threads flow into barrel with no uncomfortable holding positions.
Clip: Gold plated with high tenstion roller wheel allowing for a pen this size to fit snugly in a pocket or inner jacket.
Box: Complements the pen in grand style; Black lacquer with a soft cloth linening.
My dad called me the other day quite out of the blue, and asked me if I wanted an old German typewriter. What in the world am I gonna do with a 1930's era typewriter, I thought? Then it occured to me that the old German script was quite different than the current style. The old style had all kinds of symbols and accents - even one for "ss". I think the Germans use "ss" more than we do, as I was only able to think of the one word that we use: Mississippi. Anyway, I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate this 85 year old typewriter with my passion for fountain pens. I came up with the idea to match quotes with pens. Thus, "Typing Tuesday" was born. Every week I'm going to carefully select a quote to type out, whether it's humorous or pertinent to the times. Then I'll match it with an appropriate pen to share with you.
Anybody recognize the pen below? It's definitely an appropriate match to the quote!
Diamine presents the Shimmering Ink collection, with 10 great colors to choose from.
Here is the entire collection of Diamine's Shimmering inks.
Diamine Golden Sands Shimmering Ink: A shimmering mirage in a golden oasis sparkling with gold.
Diamine Shimmering Inks Brandy Dazzle: Brick red ink with hints of orange sparkling with gold dust.
Diamine Shimmering Inks Blue Pearl: The depth of the dark blue ocean glinting with flecks of silver and light.
Diamine Shimmering Inks Magical Forest: Bright and springtime fresh, clear and crisp with sparkles of silver.
Diamine Shimmering ink Shimmering Seas: The heart of the ocean evoking mystery and despair with flecks of gold.
Diamine Shimmering Inks Sparkling Shadows: The mystery and allure of darkness dancing with light, shining gold dust unites these two opposites.
Diamine Shimmering Ink Red Lustre: Passion and desire come together while not overwhelming and bright. Gold dust shines through.
Diamine Shimmering Ink Purple Pazzazz: Rich purple color fit for royalty sparkling with gold.
Diamine Shimmering Ink Night Sky: Rich and true black like the Appalachian sky sparkling with countless stars of gold.
Diamine Shimmering Ink Blue Lightning: Clear blue skies and droplets of silver reflecting from the sun.
Howard Levy President and owner of the Bexley Pen Company sent me this information today regarding Bexley's 11th annual Bexley Owners Club pen. Howard tells me and you can see in the picture there are 3 colors to choose from all crafted from Rippled Hard Rubber materials. These Hard Rubber materials are rarely used or even seen since most pens havent been made this way since the 1920's Watermans. How Howard gets the material to make pens like this is unknown but it's trure testiment to how dedicated Howard is to making some truly extrodinary pens. Each pen has a unique pattern which cant be duplicated be it the Orange and Black the Navy Blue and Black or the Green and Black. Each pen comes with a black hard rubber section, true to the vintage purity rather then a plastic section. The cap comes with Bexley's own rollerball clip. The Blue/Black pens are accented with silver colored or Rhodium trim while the others are trimed in gold plated finishes. This collection is limited to only 40 of each color, or a total of 120 pens!! That's a very small run by this writers standards.
Monteverde USA® is now offering an erasable ballpoint refill that has been reinvented to now be a universal fit for a wide range of ballpoint pen brands from around the world. This erasble Parker Style international refill, a design which has become the standard ballpoint refill design used in many of today’s most popular ballpoint pens, offers the permance of ink, with the convenient ability of quickly and easily erase mistakes.
From the world of luxury and inovation Monteverde presents the erasable ballpoint refill.
For those of you who remember Papermate had an earasable Ballpoint pen some 35 plus years ago. It didnt last long but I do remember using them. This refill is a standard Parker style refill so it will fit most pens today, These refills come in blue and black medium point only. A short list is, Parker,Aurora, Delta, Monteverde, Conklin, Stipula, Montegrappa, the list goes on. If you need help selecting a refill for your pen we are here to help in finding exactly what you need.
We're looking forward to the 2015 Miami Pen Show!
The show takes place at the Dadeland Marriott Miami Florida, with all the bells and whistles you might expect. But what this hotel offers, which most shows don't, 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 restaurants that are within walking distance that are located in and around the mall and hotel. I look forward to this venue with a great location just 10 miles south of Miami Int'l Airport, with easy access by car and train tranportation. Lots more to share with you but for now I need to try to figure out the table configuration. This show will be in the Dantran Ballroom, which at 3500 square feet will only hold approximately 60 tables with wall space at a premium. If we oversell the tables, I've arranged for additional space in the hallway coming into the show, and a repairs - and restoration - specific ballroom. Trust that you will be cared for at the show with a full sit-down breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, and boxed lunch delivered to your table on Saturday and Sunday as well. By covering the cost of breakfast and lunch, you are able to reduce your cost to attend the Miami Pen Show. Hopefully this benefit exemplifies which pen shows to attend.
Mark your calendar for July 10-12, 2015 for the Miami Pen Show Dadeland.
Just a quick update for those of you that are going to Miami for the pen show at the Dadeland Marriott in July. The first round of post cards will be sent shortly as an early reminder for folks in the South East. States I will be mailing to include Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. This will be a mass mailing. Other postcards will be sent to lists in many other states. And we will have banners on the Miami Herald Online Newspaper starting in early June. Ads in the Miami Herald (which is the largest newspaper, covering Miami-Dade and Broward counties in south Florida, with an estimated population of 4.5 million people) will run 7-10 days prior to the show. Our marketing efforts ensure maximum exposure. Book your rooms now because the special pen show rate is only good for a limited time, and be sure to mention the Miami Pen Show when booking. Dealers will be listed in the coming weeks, and if you 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 truly international prominance, which in turn will bring more attention to the show and more folks coming through the doors.
Also, many thanks to the main sponsor of the show, Yafa Pen Company, distributor and manufacturer of great brands like Delta, Stipula, Conklin, and Monteverde. Yafa Brands - where a world of luxury and innovation become one!
The first demonstrator fountain pens were used by the salesman of the pen
companies to show the dealers how the pens filled and how the filling mechanisim worked. While not designed for
resale very few of these pens were made, thus the Demonstrator pens have become
very collectable and sought after. Following the successful launch of the M800
Demonstrator in 2008. Pelikan and Bertram's Inkwell are pleased to
announced the newest addition to the 800 series Demonstrator series. The M805
featuring Platinum plated accents and a Rhodium plated 18K nib,
availeable in Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium and
Broad. Specialty nibs and Italics can be ordered and custom ground to customer
specifics. These pens will only be available for a short period of time and with
the popularity of the original M800 (gold plated trim) this pen will sell out
Express and impress with new designs from Retro 1951! Pick up one of these designs and express yourself! Not only do they write great, but they also show off your taste in fashionable accessories, and that is impressive!
The Retro 51 Tornado Snapper Jackie - VRR-1339 - (Vintage Metalsmith)- Twist-top rollerball
-Acid-etched with a houndstooth pattern that is plated in antique silver and then printed with an accenting white lacquer.
The Retro 51 Tornado Snapper Dimples - TSB-017 - (Snapper)- Click-action ballpoint-
-Acid-etched with a circular indention and then plated in a matte black.
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This is the season to be thankful, and we are thankful for each and every one of you! Bertram's Inkwell is not just a pen store, but is also a community of friends that enjoy fine writing instruments. Thank you for trusting us to fulfill your writing needs!
Join us for light refreshments while chatting with the friendly staff of Bertram's Inkwell! Come see your "pen family", and even feel free to show off your latest pen acquisitions! It's going to be a ton of fun, and you won't want to miss out!
Please note that starting December 11th through December 23rd, we are open Monday through Saturday until 7pm to make your holiday shopping easier!
We are also looking forward to having Tim Girdler, the incredible nib technician, come to our store on this Saturday, December 20th, from 11:30am- 6:30pm. He does wonders with the toughest of nib "problems". Whether you need a nib straightened, ground, tuned, or adjusting the flow - he's your man for the job! You can see from his website at www.timgirdlerpens.com how dedicated he is to the craft. Tim Girdler studied under Richard Binder for quite some time before starting out doing nib repairs for his own pens, which then led him to want to help others and repair their pens.
Tim Girdler has agreed to customize any nib on any fountain pen that you buy from Bertram's Inkwell on the Saturdays that he is at the store for free!
Hirsch Davis has an incredible collection of vintage fountain pens of all different manufacturers that he's displaying and selling. Come see this amazing collection offered for sale! Hirsch will be on hand to buy/trade/sell, and appraise pens as well.
I just read an article about the benefits of journaling that I want to share with you. It's really cool and informative! Personally, I make sure to journal every day. Whether it's to chronicle my daily activities, keep track of accomplishments, or to use therapeutically, I find keeping a journal incredibly helpful and beneficial. Plus, there's nothing quite like the smoothness of a fountain pen putting my words to paper!
Here's the article for your enjoyment: http://aol.it/1ubj9QZ
Keep on writing!
Well, we finally booked the 2014 Miami Pen Show. This is at the traditional Dadeland Marriott with all the bells and whistles you might expect. But what this hotel offers which most shows don't 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 restaurants that are within walking distance that are located in and around the mall and hotel. I look forward to this venue with a great location just 10 miles 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 try to figure out the table configuration. This show will be in the Dantran Ballroom wich at 3500SF will only hold approximately 60 tables with wall space at a premium. If we oversell the tables, I've arranged for additional space in the hallway coming into the show, and a repairs - and restoration - specific ballroom.
Mark your calendar for July 11-13, 2014 for the Miami Pen Show Dadeland.
Just a quick update for those of you planning to go to Miami for the pen show at the Dadeland Marriott in July. The first round of post cards will be sent shortly as an early reminder for folks in the South East. States I will be mailing to include Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. This will be a mass mailing. Other postcards will be sent to lists in many other states. And we will have banners on the Miami Herald Online Newspaper starting in early June. Press releases will be sent to media outlets in late June or early July with the hopes of getting press coverage before and during the show. Ads 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 is only good for a limited time, so please book your rooms now to get the pen show rate. Dealers will be listed in the coming weeks, and if you 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 truly international prominance, which in turn will bring more attention to the show and more folks coming through the doors.
Also, we must recognize the main sponsor of the show, Yafa Pen Company, distributor and manufacturer of great brands like Delta, Stipula, Conklin, and Monteverde. Yafa Brands - where a world of luxury and innovation become one!
Sherpa Pen For Sharpies By Sherpa (Try saying that 3 times fast!)
Talk about an ugly pen! It pains me to even write that because I love pens - really, almost all of them no matter the brand, price, or style. But a Sharpie has a colorless grey body with more advertising on it than a pharmaceutical promo pen. Even the Sharpie cap (which barely snaps onto the body) has the worst clip of any pen on the planet - so bad that it probably can't hold it's own weight in a shirt pocket. Ah, you may say then: "Why do so many people use them"? Their uses are just endless: cooks, teachers, cops, golfers, and just about every athlete uses one to sign autographs. How do movie stars and the musical greats carry such an ugly pen around while wearing 10 or 100's of thousands of dollars worth of clothes and jewlery? Well, they buy a Sherpa. This converts the unsightly to the unique. The Sherpa is a cover or holder for the Sharpie. Simply unscrew the front section of the pen and drop the Sharpie inside. Trash that worthless cap and use the cap with the Sherpa and you've got yourself one nice pen. The Sherpa cover also takes Uniball and many other inexpensive pens. We have in stock most of the models offered and there are always more coming. I've listed some closeouts in our Specials section, so don't forget to check them out!
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