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Baltimore Pen Show 2020


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#1 CraigN

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 04:26

Hi all,

 

I noticed earlier today that the show web page has been updated to include a list of exhibitors.

 

http://baltimorepens...exhibitorslist/

 

The lineup looks very good, possibly better than last year.  The next month will consist of increased anticipation for me.

 

Hope to see you there.

 

Regards,

Craig

 

 



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#2 Tasmith

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 13:23

Looking forward to it already!



#3 MightyEighth

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 00:44

I'm in.  


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#4 rutherfordr

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 15:30

Looking forward to it!


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#5 Barry Gabay

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 16:20

It's a great show. Bert Oser, the promoter-owner, is a true professional who knows how to take care of the public and the vendors. Plus, he's a friendly, genuine guy. Looking forward to the show. It's a very good mix of vintage, contemporary, major manufacturers and small custom companies. Hotel and table reservations  made long ago. Stop by the table to say howdy or to help remove some of the accumulated clutter from our house. Just 4 weeks! See you there. 



#6 inkstainedruth

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 18:26

I went two years ago, when the site was in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Last year circumstances didn't allow for it.  But this year?  Sadly, I have a prior commitment for that weekend.  :(  My husband's niece got married recently and they're having two receptions -- one in NC (where I presume her husband's family is) and one in the NYC area -- and the NYC reception is the same weekend -- but means we probably get to stay at my sister-in-law's in Manhattan).

I did have a good time at the show.  My experiences with the place I stayed?  Not so much....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth


"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

#7 WLSpec

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 22:50

I'm very, very excited. Should be fun.



#8 SpecTP

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 23:02

counting down the days already..



#9 Tripletrouble

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:12

Any meetups happening at BWI from forum members during non-exhibit times next weekend?  Looking forward to the show!



#10 gmberg

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 16:34

I will be offering a wide variety of Sheaffer plunger-fillers at the upcoming Baltimore Pen Show Feb.28- Mar 1. Of special interest are a wide variety of boxed sets and 1930s oversizes.

See you there!



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 14:33

Dear FPN ers,

 

As the others, I am looking forward to the Show.  Ditto about  Bert-A great person and organizer.  I am showing a fair amount of new-to-me stuff, and got a  couple of "floatie" ball points if anyone is interested.  Also, as usual, a box of working $15 fountain pens and $10 mechanical pencils.  Stop by to gab,

Dave Silber



#12 Tasmith

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 13:19

This weekend!



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Posted 27 February 2020 - 02:09

So excited:)

 

Did anyone catch the new Edison that will be there? I won't be getting one but it looks really cool in my opinion, a Jonathon Brooks material on their Brockton model limited to 15 pieces.

 

I have no affil., I just think it looks great and I am jealous of those who will get 'em  :lol:

 

Image from Edison site:

 

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#14 Tasmith

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 03:15

So excited:)

 

Did anyone catch the new Edison that will be there? I won't be getting one but it looks really cool in my opinion, a Jonathon Brooks material on their Brockton model limited to 15 pieces.

 

I have no affil., I just think it looks great and I am jealous of those who will get 'em  :lol:

 

Image from Edison site:

 

DSC05736-Edit-X2.jpg

Stunning!



#15 Michael_V

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 14:46

Another great show with an opportunity to visit with many friendly and knowledgeable vendors.  I met my budget threshold on Saturday afternoon, and far too soon.  A special thanks to Barry Gabay who generously shared his time with a friend who was attending his first pen show.



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Posted 01 March 2020 - 19:46

So, how was the show, for people who went to it?  I had to console myself with sticking my nose in the Lamy Soho store in NYC on Thursday, and picking up a replacement converter for the LX (in case I can't get the original converter apart and then back together again :blush:) and a bottle of Lamy Azurite.  Oh, and the wedding reception, which included a custom jigsaw puzzle of a photo of the bride and groom: they actually got married on New Year's Eve at City Hall, and then had a reception the beginning of February in NC (where the groom is from) and then yesterday at a brewery (I'd call it a brewpub) somewhere in Queens, which is one of those "here be dragons" unknown parts of the city for me, having once spent a weekend in Whitestone Queens years ago -- the rest of that borough, along with large parts of Brooklyn and nearly all of Staten Island, is foreign territory (although I've been to Manhattan way more often than I can count...).

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

edited for typos


Edited by inkstainedruth, 01 March 2020 - 19:46.

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

#17 SpecTP

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 22:19

The show was great. very relaxed atmosphere. I got several of my pens worked on by Richard Binder and I bought a custom flex from Stylosuite. Looking forward to trying it out. Was pleasantly surprised to find Nanami paper products offered by several vendors. Picked up some more Writer's A5 and a Cafe size notebook.



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 17:45

I picked up a couple of beautiful Franklin-Christoph prototype-color pens, and it was nice to see Scott Franklin again.

 

Also, this is the first year that Edison Pens was there, and it was great to meet them!


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 19:34

Hi all!

 

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. 

 

I hope your find this posting helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Regards,

Craig



#20 SpecTP

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 09:47

There is a fun post-live feed on YouTube https://youtu.be/OTU7j_ziDTM








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