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Every month, fountain pen collectors and users in Manila have lunch at a restaurant and try out each other's pens; talk about pens, inks, and paper; and even do basic repairs for each other. I just came from a pen meet where there were around 40 of us. It was an anniversary celebration of the egroup, so there was a huge raffle of inks and paper, and everyone got to take home something. I won a nice pad of FP-friendly paper. But the big prize was a white Pelikan M215, donated by Scribe Essentials (our local Pelikan distributor). 

 Here's the lucky girl who won: 

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One of the two tables we hogged at the restaurant:

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One of the members replaced some sacs and I got to watch. But the highlight for me was Leigh Reyes used my Conklin Crescent with a flexible nib. I have to say that it's one thing to watch her write in a video or see scanned copies of her calligraphy, it's quite another to watch her write up close. It was simply amazing.



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Nice! The closest gathering to me is on the second Saturday of each month (today!), northeast of San Diego in Lakeside. Usually just a few people; I think eight or nine is the largest I've seen.

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On the other hand, this is the closest I'll ever to get to a pen show in our region, or anywhere else unless I can come up with some big money-making scheme that'll pay for such a trip. smile

Pens are bought and sold during the meetings and through the egroup. The prices are pretty fair, too, because mostly people are trying to raise funds to buy pens they'd rather have. And I really like trying out different pens. This last meeting, I tried out a Sailor--I forget the model but the nib had some springiness to it, a Chinese pen--really heavy and big and I forget the brand, a Sheaffer balance, and a wet noodle Waterman 52. 



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