With more than twenty years of collecting experience, Paul Erano is a familiar figure at many of the pen shows throughout the United States. He writes extensively about fountain pens and his work appears regularly in various pen publications. He is the publisher of Erano's Quarterly Pen Review (EQPR), an insightful and entertaining quarterly dedicated to the art of vintage fountain pens that is currently enjoyed by hundreds of vintage pen collectors from around the world. More information and subscriptions can be obtained through the website.

Paul is also the author of Collecting and Valuing Fountain Pens and Fountain Pens Past and Present, two highly regarded books on the hobby of writing instruments.

Vintage pens and the hobby-at-large are our specialty and we will do our best to provide you with a variety of interesting items and information related to fountain pens and other fine writing instruments. For more information, contact Paul at plerano@aol.com.

Paul's Blog

Visit Paul's Booth at the Miami Pen Show

Paul will have a booth at the Miami Pen Show (7/15/11 - 7/17/11). The show is being held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel.


Left to right: Jon Rosen, Paul Erano, Lee Chiat, at Versailles Restaurant, in Miami. Versailles is a Cuban restaurant that has been serving great food for forty years.

Pen Shows and Desirable Esterbrook Pens: Los Angeles, Long Island, and Little Rock)

These Esterbrook Relief pens in black hard rubber received a unique fabrication from a very gifted pen maker. They will be available as soon as they are hallmarked. Contact Henry or me if you are interested.

Los Angeles: It’s amazing to think that within the period of a month I participated in three pen shows as different from one another as can possibly be. The first, Los Angeles, held at the end of February, is a special show. It is huge in scope and offers a variety of activities and seminars- and it’s in LA, a location whose climate is considerably milder than what I have to look forward to in Upstate New York in February. …

Raleigh Pen Show (2010)

Road trips and pen shows go hand in hand for me.  Given a choice, I’d rather drive than fly to a pen show.  Flights are a hassle.  Early arrival at the airport, flight connections (there are few direct flights from Albany), and getting to the hotel by cab or airport shuttle usually adds up to a few hours difference between flying and driving.  Besides, a ten to twelve hour drive doesn’t seem all that bad to me.  …

An LA Pen Show Experience

Not all pen show experiences end on a positive note.  Sometimes, collectors are not willing to meet in the middle to make a transaction happen.  Consider the following, for example:     

On Sunday at the LA show, a younger man wanted to purchase a pen in my display case.  But he didn’t have enough money. 

 “I have some pens for a partial trade,” he said, “but they’re not too good.” 

I told him that I would consider them, and a few minutes later the young man returned with an almost empty pen case containing five or six unremarkable pens.  …

The Los Angeles Pen Show: Feb 11-14, 2010

Flying anywhere from Upstate New York in February is always a little risky, and I was lucky David Isaacson called me the evening before the big snow storm to update my flight plans.  Thanks to David, I got the last seat on a plane to Charlotte instead of flying out of Philadelphia which received two feet of snow in the surrounding area.  Unfortunately, David’s flight out of Syracuse was cancelled and he missed the show.  

Trip to Lake Placid - August, 2009

With the first sunny day in weeks, my daughter Sarah and I decided to take our new puppy, Marti, for a ride to Lake Placid- a two hour plus trip to what is New York State’s High Peak’s Region in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. You may recall Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in the 1930s and in 1980.  It is famous for its rustic beauty and history, and it is where the American Olympic Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics.  …

Miami Pen Show - July 17-19, 2009

I will have a booth at the Miami Pen Show, at the Biltmore Hotel, in Coral Gables. The Biltmore is a fantastic venue and I look forward to being there every year. Of course, I will have an exciting selection of vintage pens offered for sale. If you're in the area, I look forward to seeing you there.

Raleigh Pen Show - 2009

I'll be at the Raleigh Pen Show, which runs from June 11th through the 14th this year. It is being held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Cary, NC. This is a great show, and if you're in the area, you should try to attend. For more information, see their website at www.raleighpenshow.com.

The Chicago Pen Show May 1-3, 2009

The Chicago Pen Show is always the first weekend in May.  It is the oldest and one of the largest international pen shows held annually at the Weston O’Hare Hotel minutes away from the airport.  Collectors start arriving Wednesday, the last week of April, to do as much pre-show buying, selling, and trading as they possibly can.  The Western O’Hare is well suited for a large international show- free shuttle service to the hotel every twenty minutes or so; friendly hotel staff; spacious, comfortable, and nicely furnished rooms; and a very large ball room and surrounding areas for exhibitors and show goers. …

Going to the Chicago Pen Show

I'm at the Chicago Pen Show this weekend and will have a lot of great pens with me. So, stop by my booth if you're at the show and say hello.