We attended all three days of the pen show. In past years we have attended one or two days but had open space on our calendar this year to attend the entire show.
The BWI Marriott had plenty of parking available on Friday when we arrived. We used our pre-paid passes and were quickly checked in and were given wrist bands to wear that signified our paid admission to the show. The ball room was large and filled with many vendors, even more than last year. One comment about the ballroom, it was cold on Friday and a number of people were wearing layers of clothing in order to stay warm. Room temperature wasn’t an issue Saturday and Sunday and the room was quite comfortable.
The pen show web page listed vendors with links to web pages where available. An early stop was to Edison Pens. They produced 15 limited edition pens for the show, with 10 to be available Friday and the remaining 5 to be sold on Saturday. Two were still available so Marilyn selected one. The material is very pretty. We enjoyed our interactions with Mr. & Mrs. Gray.
The show had volunteers that would watch vendor tables in case a seller needed to take a break. All a vendor had to do was wave a paddle (with the pen show logo) in the air and a volunteer would step in.
I always come into a pen show with a wish list of pens that I want to find, handle, and possibly purchase. In some shows the list of pens I want to see don’t match what is actually available. Fortunately, I was able to find, handle, then purchase a Dunhill AD2000 fountain pen in a lovely blue finish.
I brought three pens for various work. Ron Zorn repaired a Pilot pen that had a bent clutch finger. I had nib work performed by Linda Kennedy and Dan Smith. There were seven people performing nib work and other people available to repair pens. This was the show where you could address lots of pen issues and deal directly with the folks who would perform magic on your pens. While there were lots of people present to work on pens, I hope that the repair people had enough business to justify a return to the show in the future.
Marilyn also bought pens from Platinum, Opus Mechan, Montegrappa, and Waldmann. She picked up inks from various sellers and ink misers from Luxury Brands. I was tempted to buy a Pilot Silvern pen but hesitated only to see it walk away with its new owner.
There were items for sale that had a Baltimore theme. Noodlers had Baltimore Canyon (blue) and Baltimore Oriole (rust/orange) inks. ColorVerse had Constellation (green) ink. Tsao Baltimore had two watches that commemorated the USS Constellation and USS Torsk, which reside in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Along the way we had impromptu history lessons about Pelikan and Sheaffer pens, and learned lots of Bexley pen information from Howard Levy.
We encountered friendly and helpful Marriott staff at every turn, which we have experienced in previous Marriott hotel visits. Our room was nice, clean, and quiet. Lines at the bar and restaurant indicated brisk business, but sometimes the wait for service seemed to be a little long.
This was the fifth Baltimore pen show we attended and we have been to perhaps a dozen DC supershows. We are fortunate to live within a 2-hour drive of both shows. While the DC show is really large and well-attended, the show in Baltimore is our favorite of the two.
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