Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pictures from the Long Island Pen Show

I was so busy wandering around, then guarding my place in line for Richard Binder (#11), that I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.

There was a dealer there (to the far left but not shown in this picture), set up on the blue tablecloth, with hand-made pens that reminded me of Edison Pen Co.'s Hudson--and some of them were clear demonstrators that were beautiful.

One of the dealers I purchased from (in the chair), Ron, who had an Esterbrook copper icicle in pretty good condition that's now in my collection. He also had some beautiful vintage and modern Sheaffers that I was keenly interested in but couldn't really rationalize.

So we troop in at 10 am and everyone heads for the sign up sheet with Richard Binder (above) and Ron Zorn. I log in at #11 for Binder. At 11:30 I double back to see where things are, and see that I'm second in line after the guy on the right gets into the chair. Barbara thinks it will be about 30 minutes, so I go wander around.

What she didn't know is that the guy in the chair was buying a nib so Richard worked over the the other pens the guy had with him--5 or 6, actually. Then two guys on the sheet ahead of me decided they didn't want to go when they were called, and then came back on line right in front of me. I was finally invited to take a seat around 1 pm.

As I'm sitting there learning that I'm putting too much pressure on the nib and that's why it feels scratchy, two guys right behind me start raising their voices a bit and making lots of noise. They had agreed to switch places so one guy could go look at more pens, but after wandering around he then changed his mind and wanted his old place in line back. The guy who had gone from #18 to #12 and was right after me said no. I paid my bill, grabbed my pens, and ran. This was all over sitting in Richard Binder's guest chair, by the way.

One of the tables of dealers at the show. I bought several pens, including a Parker Vacumatic azure debutante in excellent condition.


  1. So what is your experience concerning your pens before and after Richard's Binderizing?

  2. Actually, he makes the distinction between "binderizing" and re-newing a nib. Mine seemed a bit scratchy, and he toned down the scratch (and told me not to press so hard). He didn't see that has having done anything with the pen, so it's not Binderized. :)

    Not to be rude to anyone, but I didn't really like people hanging around watching and talking with him while he worked on my pen, and I didn't like being a part of the hangers on when he was with working on other people's pens. Crowds become mobs too quickly for my taste, and I have a very defines sense of personal space and boundaries that I don't like people moving into.

    I'd rather have had a few semi-private moments to talk and concentrate on my pen, but that didn't happen. However, he seems to love being with people and talking about pens, and who am I to disagree. For that matter, I love being with people too when I'm the center of attention, lol.

    He did look at a pen that my brother bought from him and gave me at Christmas, and when he found several things wrong he immediately repaired them at no cost. I was pressing too hard on the nib which put the tines out of alignment so he fixed that. But then he noticed that the section was misaligned, which was something that happened when it was cemented back into place--and that's not anything I did. So he made the corrections because they bothered him, not because I'd noticed them. That's a professional at work, and not one to be toyed with.

    All in all, I enjoyed the 15 minutes. But I think I'd be happier sending everything to him rather than trying to sit with him in person.