Pelikan Hubs 2017 – Philadelphia: A Recap

Pelikan Hubs 2017 BannerSeptember 22nd marked the fourth annual Pelikan Hubs event and by all accounts, it looks to have been a tremendous success.  Pelikan reports that there were 145 individual Hubs spread across 43 countries with 3600 registered participants.  That is over 1000 more people than had registered the year prior which is a 38% increase and shows consistent year over year growth.  Sadly, the Mexico City Hub had to be postponed until next month due to the recent earthquake in that region.  All of those Hub participants are reported to be safe but obviously the country is mourning their losses and our thoughts and prayers are with them.  This is the third consecutive year that I was chosen as the Hub master for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA location.  Our local hub has been held at Sabrina’s Cafe, Goat Hollow, and now, for the second straight year, the Philadelphia Hub returned to Cooperage Wine and Whiskey bar located within the historic Curtis Center.  The staff could not have been more welcoming or accommodating to our group and really helped to make the evening extra special.  I enjoyed a wonderful cask IPA and the food was excellent.  They even showed a genuine interest in our gathering and the pens on display so who knows, we may have a few new converts to this obsession hobby of ours.  The good people at Cooperage once again provided us a great venue in which to hold our event and I still can’t recommend them highly enough if you’re looking for a location for your next function.

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2016 In Review: A Look Back At Pelikan’s Line-up

Pelikan Maki-e Spring and Autumn CapAs we embark on a new year, I thought it would be fitting to look back and reminisce about the products that Pelikan brought to market in 2016.  Many of those releases were rumored late in 2015 and most turned out to be true.  That doesn’t mean Pelikan didn’t show up with a few surprises along the way.  Pelikan, like most companies, is not a fan of pre-release spoilers so I doubt we’ll see the treasure trove of leaked models that became available at the end of 2015.  I suspect that the company has since reminded their vendors of their contractual obligation to not leak info of upcoming releases.  While we may not know what the future holds, we can look back and see that the last few years have witnessed a lot of interesting new designs as well as re-releases of fan favorites.  I think Pelikan has overall struck a good balance though the M600 and M1000 lines continue to see the least amount of attention of any of the Souverän models.  While there was a lot to like this past year, not all news was good news.  2016 saw significant price increases in the United States market, well above and beyond the rest of the world and pricing for UK customers rose due to Brexit and the weakening pound against the Dollar and Euro.  The U.S. distributor, Chartpak, reversed previously stated policy and began refusing warranty services to US owners of Pelikan fountain pens purchased from overseas retailers despite those vendors being authorized by Pelikan.  This was most likely done in an attempt to deter people from shopping overseas where Pelikan fountain pens can be purchased at a steep discount.  Read on to get caught up on anything you may have missed this past year.

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Pelikan Hubs 2016 – Philadelphia: A Recap

Pelikan Hubs 2016 - PhiladelphiaSeptember 16th has come and gone, leaving in its wake a lot of the excitement that culminated in the third annual Pelikan Hubs event.  Rather than post my thoughts immediately, I wanted to take some time and let it breathe.  The third annual Pelikan Hubs took place in at least 109 cities spread across 37 countries with roughly 2600 fans registered to attend.  Just as last year’s event showed tremendous growth over the inaugural year, Hubs 2016 has demonstrated that the event continues to pick up momentum.  This year marked the second consecutive time that I was chosen as the Hub master for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA location.  Thankfully, the Pope remained in Rome this year which helped to avoid much of the traffic nightmare that occurred during last year’s hub.  Site selection remains a challenge for Hub masters worldwide.  As you might imagine, it is difficult to find a suitable location that can accommodate an event of this size, be centrally located, have good lighting, not be too loud, and be available gratis.   I also like to ensure attendees a chance at food and beverage since the event occurs during the dinner hour.  With those parameters in mind, I set out on an extensive search of the city and had quite a few misses which took us right down to the wire.  Ultimately, I found an amazing establishment that was gracious enough to host our party free of charge.  This year’s Philadelphia Hub went down at Cooperage Wine and Whiskey bar located in the historic Curtis Center in the Washington Square neighborhood.  Cooperage bills itself as combining southern bistro fare with an eclectic list of wine and whiskey from around the world.  The restaurant is very welcoming and has a great feeling of warmth about it.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that the food menu is excellent as well.  The establishment boast over 90 different kinds of whiskey available.  The good people at Cooperage provided us a great area in which to hold our event and I can’t recommend them highly enough if you’re looking for a venue for your next function.

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Pelikan Hubs 2015 – Philadelphia: A Recap

Pelikan Hubs 2015 Custom Philadelphia LogoSeptember 25th has passed and in its wake the Pelikan Hubs event has come and gone.  The second annual Pelikan Hubs occurred in 72 cities divided amongst 29 countries.  I had the privilege of being the Hub master for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA location.  This year, Philadelphia faced a unique challenge owing to the traffic restrictions put into place with the Pope’s arrival into town.  With that in mind, the venue had to be carefully selected.  Ultimately, I decided to host the event at Goat Hollow in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.  Goat Hollow is an American brassiere with a great selection of hand crafted beers and a menu that has plenty to offer provided in heaping portions.  It’s a nice neighborhood location with a wonderful private room upstairs that served to host our group.  For a reasonable fee, we were provided our own server, Collin, who did an excellent job fulfilling our orders.  Food and drink were enjoyed by all and while I can’t speak for the whole menu, the poutine was exceptional.

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My Time With The Wanderbox

My Wanderbox Letter, Edelstein Amethyst, Pelikan M605 Marine Blue Fountain Pen, and StampAfter having missed out on Pelikan’s Wanderlust project, I feel fortunate to be included in the follow-up Wanderbox project.  Being a starting point for one of the boxes (Box #2) means that I have a full flacon of ink and an empty box waiting to be filled and passed along.  The day that it arrived, I was actually not expecting it and was pleasantly surprised to come home to a big blue box waiting in my mailroom.  It was already adorned with several stickers from far away places, evidence of its prior journey.  Not quite knowing what I would find, I was filled with excitement as I cut the ties that helped to secure its contents.  Upon opening the lid, I found a large round gift box nestled inside of a styrofoam cradle.  The gift box contained a bottle of Edelstein Ink of the Year 2015, Amethyst, as well as some gentle instructions about how to proceed.  The directions were simple;

As the current owner of the Pelikan #Wanderbox, you’ve got the unique chance to join in this project by writing a letter and posting it on your favorite Social Media site(s) with the hashtag #Wanderbox!  Feel free to add a geotag or your current location.  Then place your letter inside the box and pass it on. The next person in this chain should be someone you trust; someone who’s willing to write the next letter.

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