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The London Writing Equipment Show (LWES) takes place on Sunday October 6th at the Bloomsbury Holiday Inn London.

 

Please note that it unlike last year the show takes place on SUNDAY.

 

Probably the big attraction this year will be Sheaffer's Centenary Exhibition with lots of pens and stuff from their archives along with their Centenary LE pens. The show just seems to get bigger and better every year. Lots of UK and overseas dealers al with hundreds of pens to look at - heaven!

 

I will be stuck on the WES table most of the time so make sure that you stop by and say hi.

 

Ian

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I'll be going. I might not have any money to spend but the Shaeffer exhibition alone will be worth a look. Who else will be going.

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I will be going along though it will be for the morning only. Should give me plenty of time to spend my money :rolleyes:

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Looking forward to meeting faces both old and new. We'll hopefully have some new items on display and the usual "scratch 'n' dent" bargain box.

 

See us in the main hall on the far side opposite the entrance (same place as last year for "regulars").

 

Martin

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I think I'll sell some pens just to raise some money to buy the one I want. It'll be a miracle if it's there though.

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I'll be there. Hubby does not get the pen thing, but is coming along anyway. Probably to make sure I don't spend the whole of October's salary in one go.

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Looking forward to meeting faces both old and new. We'll hopefully have some new items on display and the usual "scratch 'n' dent" bargain box.

 

See us in the main hall on the far side opposite the entrance (same place as last year for "regulars").

 

Martin

 

As per last year, do you want us to let you know of anything that we definitely want to buy from you on the day?

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As per last year, do you want us to let you know of anything that we definitely want to buy from you on the day?

 

Yes please! We can't bring everything as that would probably require an artic. Plus we will have our two loyal assistants again.

 

Martin

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I'll be coming, first pen show for me, there weren't any where I was living in Western Canada so I'm quite looking forward to it! Could be pretty dangerous for my pocket book though, I have quite a list of pens I want to see in person and this could be my only chance!

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A question to anyone that has been to these shows before.

 

What will be there, is it all sellers of pens, are there any parts or tool or book sellers.

 

As to the sellers of pens, what are they like with their prices, are they the sort of chancer's you see on eBay and some Pen Forums, the sort that ask £200 plus for a Parker 51 or are they more realistic in the prices.

 

In other words am I going to buy or look at and drool :)

 

Paul

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A question to anyone that has been to these shows before.

 

What will be there, is it all sellers of pens, are there any parts or tool or book sellers.

Jim Marshall will be there and probably Laurence Oldfield. They have parts and tools. Nigel Leonard is also a regular with lots of parts. David Shepherd and Steve Hull Will have books.

 

As to the sellers of pens, what are they like with their prices, are they the sort of chancer's you see on eBay and some Pen Forums, the sort that ask £200 plus for a Parker 51 or are they more realistic in the prices.

Don't expect cheap eBay style prices, but don't expect eBay junk pens either. In other words, you will get what you pay for. Please remember you will be dealing mostly with professionals who know the value of pens but, most importantly, you can see, handle, try, discuss, haggle and possibly even trade. If you don't like the deal, walk away.

 

 

In other words am I going to buy or look at and drool :)

 

Paul

When I attended my first pen show (way back in the last century) I decided to go to look, not to buy. Alternatively, decide on a budget and stick to it.

 

HTH,

 

Martin

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The other thing is, not too many stall holders will be able to cope with electronic payment methods, so bring cash. That tends to put a nice, pre-defined, limit on what you spend too.

 

I did find two little gems at the last LWES I attended (2011 maybe), they were in a parts bucket for £15 each. One was a c1920 Mabie Todd Blackbird lever fill with a lovely semi flex nib, and the other was a working c1915 Mabie Todd Swan No 2 ED also with a semi flex nib. Both had significant wear, but are gorgeous pens. So, you can get some wonderful pens for not a lot if you look around & take a chance.

 

Regards,

 

Richard.

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