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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Septermber 2018 Meeting Time Change

The September meeting is taking place on Friday September 28 at 6:00 pm.  Please note new time!!

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The Theme for the Meeting is Victorian Pens and Pencils.  Please bring examples to show and tell.  As usual, we will also see members recent finds, welcome new members, hear poetry, receive copies of our award winning newsletter, and assorted other fun activities.

See you on the 28th!!

Alert! September Meeting Date Change!

Our September Pen Club meeting has been moved forward to September 28th due to a number of regulars attending the once a year “Pelikan Hub” meeting scheduled for Friday September 21st. At our last meeting we discussed and approved the change of meeting date. Please make a note on your calendar.

August 2018 Meeting

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NIBS! We all know that the most important part of any fountain pen is the nib, right? Some may disagree, but for all of you nib enthusiasts, this month’s topic will be “How Fountain Pen Nibs Are Made And Crafted”   Frank will give a presentation and it will be a good one!

Bring examples of your favorite nibs (inked so we can try them out :)), as well as any unique ones that you may have.

Hopefully we will have another poem from Verla this month and an update on the Filigree pen from John, as well.

See you on Friday the 17th at 6:30!

July Meeting Summary

The July meeting’s theme was Montblanc Pens and their history.  Francis put on an excellent slide presentation of the history of what we now know as Montblanc.  I have the slides and will be downloading them shortly.  After the presentation, many members showed a few of their pens and collections.  Here are just a few photos.

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Don’t forget, our next meeting is on August 17th at 6:30. See you there!

July 2018 Meeting

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The July Meeting will be on Friday July 20 at 6:30 pm.  Location and Direction on the right side of this page.

The theme for this month’s meeting is Montblanc Pens, Pencils, and Ephemera.  Please bring any examples and share them!  Francis will do a short presentation and we can sort through any examples and discuss this long lasting, and somewhat controversial Company.

See you on Friday!


June 2018 Meeting

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The June 2018 Meeting will be this Friday (June 15) at 6:30 at the Presbyterian Homes location (see map and address on right side of this page).  This month’s theme is Third Tier Pens.  These are thought of, historically, as the fountain pens that were less expensive and often (but not always) made of inferior materials such as steel nibs and cheaper plastic.  Sheaffers, Parker, Wahl Eversharp, and Waterman, among others were considered First tier pens, and these less expensive makers such as Arnold, Wearever, Majestic,  and many, many others are often lumped into the “third tier” category.  It is a murky category and often open to debate, as some are actually of higher quality.

Please bring a few examples if you have them for show and tell!  We look forward to seeing you!