July 2019 Meeting

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The July Meeting will be this Friday (July 19) ! Our topic this month is Chinese Pens. Once thought to be cheap and poorly made by some, there have been many new manufacturers and a resurgence of pens coming from China that are being used by fountain pen enthusiasts.

So, if you have any examples of Chinese Pens, please bring them to the meeting on Friday, or just stop in to see pens that other members may have to show and tell!


April 2019 Meeting Recap

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The April Meeting was a full house!  We had about 20m members and guests and all of us were treated to a superb video talk by Garland Stonestreet about Maki-E pens and how they are made.   The process is fascinating and the videos showed the history of this ancient skill as well as how it is applied to pens.

Some members brought in their examples and here is a photo of a few of the many Japanese pens that were shared.

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Thanks to all who attended and especially the new attendees!  We hope to see everyone on May 17!

April 2019 Meeting

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This Friday, April 26 we will meet for our exciting April Meeting.  Garland Stonestreet will be giving an Audio Visual presentation on urushi lacquer fountain pens commonly referred to as maki-e pens. This will cover the tradition, techniques, and materials used in creating these pens. Examples of the techniques and pens will be shown in the AV presentation.

Please bring any of your maki-e pens and Japanese made pens to share before and after the presentation.  We will meet informally before and after the show, so also bring any current finds, and user pens.

See you on Friday!!

March 2019 Meeting



We are having our PENS meeting at the WET PAINT store this Friday the 15th of March.
Their address is: 1684 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Time: 6:00-7:30 (the store closes at 8 pm) Please come 15 minutes early so we can get started on time.

Virginia is our host at Wet Paint for the evening. , We will test diffrent inks that are on site. Don’t forget to bring a few pens and your favorite paper to test the inks. We might take a survey of your favorite papers and ink.

Incidentally there is a 15% sale going on March 4th thru April 30.

We understand one of the store vendors is going to give door prizes, so come one come all and test you luck. See you Friday evening.

We will not have any refreshments at this meeting due to the location.

*Thanks to Joel Moline for setting up this meeting with Virginia at the store.

February 2019 Meeting

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The February Meeting will be on Friday February 15, 2019 at 6:30, same pen time, same pen place.. (for directions, please direct your attention to the right side of this page).

The topic for this month will be ” Other Collections“.  What else do you collect?  Bring photos or examples (no firearms, please).   For those of you that collect vintage autos, Randy has indicated that the ample parking lot outside is available!

And of course, please bring any recent finds, and pen discussion materials.

Brave the cold and come for some warm pen conversation!

January 2019 Meeting

The first meeting of 2019 is this Friday evening!


Our speaker is Barry Rubin an entrepreneur who was the president of INK. His store till a few years back was in the IDS building . For those of you who had an opportunity to visit it, you know how spectacular the view was, and the selection of pens was superb as well. Our Pen Club once had our regular meeting in his beautiful office/showroom in down town Minneapolis.

So please join us this Friday for an interesting discussion of Barry’s experience running his pen emporium. I am sure he will cover the businesses highs and lows and give us the picture of how the pen business has changed. Also bring your Contemporary Pens for show and tell and if you have any questions for Barry.

The official meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the address below. Randy will open the doors as people arrive. Come early and get your self seated.


Holiday Party

The PENS Holiday Party is on the evening of January 6, 2019!  The details are below.  Click on the link at the end of this post to see the formal invitation!

P.E.N.S.* Holiday Party

*Pen Enthusiast Northern Society

You Are Invited

Summerhouse Apartments, Community Room
4655 North Victoria St.
Shoreview, MN 55126-5885

Date: Sunday January 6th, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00PM

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage


From Minneapolis:
Highway 94 East to 280 North, connect to 35W North.

North on 35W, then East (right) on hwy 96, (past 694)
Hwy 96 to North Victoria, approx. 2 miles.
Turn left (North) at stoplight onto Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side. Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

From St. Paul:
Highway 35E North to 694. Go West (left) on 694 to Lexington Ave. Go North (right) on Lexington to Hwy 96. Go East (right) on 96 to North Victoria, approx 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight onto North Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side.

Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment. This is a secure building. One of the PENS members, will open the door & greet you……………SEE YOU THERE:–))

If you have questions, or get lost, contact
Francis Bulbulian @ 651-983-6165 or Fritz Ferris @ 651-558-7048

Remember to bring your most Beautiful pen & Ugliest pen for judging by the ladies for prizes. Also bring a Gift pen with gold nib, working condition, for the traditional Pen Exchange.

Holiday Party Invite-2018

November 2019 Meeting

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The November meeting is just two short days away and the topic this month is Conklin Pens!  Of course, there will be snacks, new pen sharing, poetry, repair discussions and much more.  So bundle up, and head on over to our location (see the map on the right side of this page).

We look forward to seeing you there!


New Instagram Account

Better late than never!  Thanks to new member Andrea Opland, we now have an Instagram Account!!!

The account is @pensminnesota

Link here ~ Instagram

Thank you Andrea!

September 2018 Meeting Recap

The September meeting had an attendance of 20 persons, and featured a discussion of Victorian Pens and Pencils, as well as a poetry reading about the purchase of a Victorian pen in Key West!  Thank you to all the members who brought examples from their collections.

Here a are a few photos of the turnout, and some Victorians.

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