I am planning on staying the weekend, kind of a belated Mother's Day present to self. Received the registration form via mail. I am sending it back to Mawhorter. He said Friday, they won't be ready till 12noon and there will only be about 14 vendors there at that time, so I decided to come in Saturday and stay. Bring the pens you want tweaked, if nothing else, you can show the NibMeisters exactly what you want done, you can meet some of them, put face to names. (having sent my pens to a Nibmeister and investigated, they usually ask you to provide a sample of the kind of nib writing from a pen you like so they can duplicate it on your pen you want the nib tuned, this way you can do this in person). Bring a pen minimum, or pens whose nibs are exactly what you want your tuned pen to write like if you are going to seek nib tuning.
Not much to the physical brochure either. TBA for much of the events, etc.
Back to Nibmeister suggestions: If you decide to not wait for your pens to be tweaked or they can't do them all right there, you can always get a card, when you return home be able to correspond and remind them of your pen's issue; they will at least have some knowledge of you from the pen show.
Although, it is a Pen Show, I don't recall anything designed officially for showing off pens. I know they have vintage pens there, pen auction for vintage pens. You might be able to meet up with others who pen talk might be possible, not sure. I am bringing along the pens I actually carry in regular rotation, write with myself. You decide whether you want to bring your favorite or an assortment. I am not bringing them (my pens to show) as much as to use. Avid and consistent journal writer.
First, you have enough time to develop a game plan. Beyond the experience:
- Do you have any particular pen brands in mind you are interested in testing, seeing?
- Any inks you might want to purchase?
- How much do you think you might want to spend while attending the Pen Show?
These are random questions to begin asking yourself. These will simply be the basic questions to ask yourself.
Your first Pen Show will be overwhelming. There will be rows and rows of pens, inks, accessories, etc.
65 tables in the Grand Ballroom, believe me, it was overwhelming for my first time. Not to mention, if you have no one near you routinely with this interest, the fact there will be so many people who share it, items which involve it directly is also a wonderful feeling, but also one which is overwhelming.
Other than that simply be as excited as I am to be finally have a Pen Show in my state where I can plan on attending. Also, you can meet some of the representatives from the Triangle Pen Club who will also be there. Deb Mckinney, I believe is a Nibmeister and hopefully will be attending.
It is quite an experience and one which you may not forget soon. It has been several years and I can still envision and feel what I did when I first went to my first Pen Show. Then, I did not spend the night, so this time will definitely be an added treat! Hope some of this rambling/random information helps you. Ultimately, Enjoy
Edited by fountainpenlady, 24 April 2015 - 16:21.