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Netherlands Pen Club Meetup


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Dear FPNers,


For a while, we have wanted to meet with fellow pen enthusiasts here, in the Netherlands. With lockdown restrictions now relaxed and with the summer opening up, it seems the right moment to get started. To this end, we are organizing the Netherlands Pen Club – and we invite you to join us!


We thought about this idea for a while, also trying to learn from valiant earlier efforts in this sense that we saw discussed on FPN, and envisioned a long-term pen club. We want to meet, discuss, and share ideas about fountain pens and share the fountain pens themselves, sometimes in real life and sometimes digitally. Later, we want to engage the entire ecosystem around fountain pens in the Netherlands, including sellers, tuners, artists, etc. We want to also make contact with other pen clubs and people abroad for cross-fertilization. We aim to make it easy to do all these things, but this being the beginning it would be great if you could also share your ideas about what the Netherlands Pen Club can do for you and with your help. 


Concretely, we have two activities to offer:


1/ We are organizing a first meeting in the real world, in Utrecht, on Monday, June 6 (2e Pinksterdag), from 13:30-17:30. As an exciting first meetup, there will be at least 20 pens to try out and we invite everyone to share theirs. We have reserved time for conversation and community build-up. We have a format for all this, so it will be easy and not at all overwhelming. Everyone’s welcome! (Exact location TBD)


Please let us know until Wednesday, May 25, if you will attend our first meetup – then, we can arrange a suitably sized place – and if you have any dietary restrictions – then, we can arrange snacks and beverages. Please also let us know if you need any other kind of assistance. (We will of course keep these details private.)


PM us or reply here and we will contact you immediately about details.


2/ We have organized an online presence, on Discord, which allows meeting each other live and also to organize live events with higher frequency but without traveling hassles – PM us to get an invitation and join this platform



TL;DR: Fellow pen enthusiasts in the Netherlands, we are looking forward to meeting with you! PM us to get in touch.



@DvdRiet, @Nikolaos, and @OldTravelingShoe


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There's still time to RSVP (so we know how big the space needs to be) to the meetup in Utrecht on 2e Pinksterdag / June 6th. We have a small group attending so far but the more the merrier, of course!


And if you can't be there this time but still want to be part of the Netherlands Pen Club (and hopefully join in on future events), come join us in the private server we have set up on Discord. DM me for an invite!

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The location for the Netherlands Pen Club in-person meetup:


Camping Ganspoort

Helling 87

3523 CB Utrecht


There are still a few places available for our (BYOP) Pen Proeverij, so if you would like to join us on 2e Pinksterdag or just want to know more about the pen club we are organizing, just send me a DM!! 


Apologies for not adding this to the event - it seems there is a window for editing and I missed it!

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A Smug Dill


So, pray tell, how did it go? 😁 Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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It was just a handful of us, but it was great to be able to finally meet some other pen enthusiasts in person. (My hobby has been 100% online and me playing with my own pens at home this entire time, thanks to the pandemic.) There were some amazing pens on the table: pocket pens by Platinum, Pilot, Sailor, and Schon DSGN; various Pelikans and Sailors, including a King of Pens and @OldTravelingShoe's 1911 fude, which I quite liked and even figured out how to use - sort of 😅; giant Rangas; other assorted pens from Aurora to Esterbrook, Franklin-Christoph and smaller pen makers; a couple of self-turned pens, plus a display case full of @MrRogueWolf's  Giants' Pens turnings ready to be fitted; my 'history of Diplomats in 10 pens' (of course); a beautiful Nakaya urushi; and even a Kakimori dip pen. So, some fantastic pens to play with for an afternoon while getting to know a few other pen enthusiasts! An excellent start for our very first meet-up (quite literally for OldTravelingShoe and me), if I may say so myself.


The bad news for me and my bank account was that I discovered that I quite like the look of (plain) urushi after all... 😬 and using the Sailor 1911 fude... 🙄 and... ... ...

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2 hours ago, DvdRiet said:

I quite like the look of (plain) urushi after all... 😬 and using the Sailor 1911 fude... 🙄 and

This is great news! Means we should organize another event, soon! 😄

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