It's that time of the year again... First Sunday in October means two things: Marathon in my home town and the London Pen Show :D
I went completely bonkers at my first visit two years back - had a great time, made lots of new friends and luckily my caddy was holding the wallet so I didn't spend more than I wanted :P
With help of few good friends Bureau Direct got two tables at The London Pen Show!
You probably know that my favourite ink brand is KWZ because I brag about it a lot. Drumroll please - we have convinced KWZ Ink makers to come and introduce their brand. Shout out to Konrad & Agnieszka! They are bringing colour charts and a lot of inked pens, so everyone can try their liquid gold (I mean 'honey'). We will bring some Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Tomoe River etc and of course KWZ Inks (please note that Bureau will not sell Iron Galls initially - I feel like we need to educate ourselves and others before we can sell IG. Spending some time with Konrad and learning everything from the master will be absolutely essential).
Okay, so now when I got that off my chest, lol let's talk about what the show is like. Hopefully I will be able to convince people who live near by to go :)
Show is open from 10am till 4pm.
The address is:
Holiday Inn London - Bloomsbury
Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Tickets are £5.00 for 10:00am entry.
£15.00 for early bird 09:00am entry.
Expect lot of collectors and vintage pens. Do you want to see Nakaya or Parker 51 in real life? This is your chance. (make sure to stop by Visconti and check out Homo Sapiens - lava material feels incredible in hand. No photo or video does this pen the justice...) Vendors will often let you dip&try the pens, so it is a very hands on experience and you can 'talk pens' all day ;)
If you do want to get some work done with your fountain pens - John Sorowka is your man. Please bear in mind that his table is always busy and you may need to queue. Trust me, it is worth it.
You will get a wristband, so it's perfectly OK to go out for a coffee/lunch and come back :) The show is very busy, so travel light and bring some water. Take pen and paper too.
Making a shopping list is always a good idea - browsing is fun, but treasure hunt takes it to another level:)
Bring cash - not everyone takes card payments.
Looking for spare parts? Bladders, nibs, jewels...this is the perfect place to find those - bring your pens and loupe.
You can also get ink, notebooks, pen cases, books, stands and accessories.
And finally - don't be shy to say hi! :)
I can't believe we are going, this is going to be so much fun :)
See you at the pen show!
ps: you can find us at tables 16-17 which on the left after the first turn