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Who's going? Last year was my first show and I'm looking forward to going to it again this year.

 

Assuming it's happening, of course. I'm getting a server error for the ukpenshows.co.uk website. Perhaps those in the know on here have a channel of communication which has all the details.

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LWES is the furthest south that I'm aware of. Leaving credit cards behind only protects slightly as many of the smaller vendors will only take cash anyway.

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Looking forward to it.

It'll make a relaxing change from driving up, down and across the country looking at Universities for our two hopefuls . . . :)

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cash is a possible advantage over plastic - waving ten and twenty pound notes under a seller's nose might induce a price discount.

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I've never been to a pen show and I'd love to go to one, although I think I'd need to leave my credit cards at home. Are there any south of London?

The next closest is Bristol in February (I think). About 1/5th the size of London.

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I didn’t realise the London pen show had so many stands.

Yes, there are a LOT of pens to look at!

I chose my user name years ago - I have no links to BBS pens (other than owning one!)

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It's a few years now since i made the trip, trains being a real pain on a Sunday. However I might just make the effort this year.

 

The last time I went I made the mistake of purchasing a rather expensive vintage pen from a stall located on the corner where the floor plan shows 24 (probably not that exact table). The lighting was not great and it was only after I was on the train home that I spotted a significant hairline. I suspect the seller was very aware of the issue and making the most of the circumstances.

 

Taking a loupe or avoiding darker corners would be my advice to those wanting value for money.

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What a marvellous day, made all the nicer for meeting up and spending a fair amount of time with mikb0at who was instrumental and key in my major purchase . . . a brand new Aurora Archivi Storici 012. WOW :wub:

The room was heaving and buzzing, filled with friendly enthusiasts and knowledgable vendors.

I spent all my birthday money and a little more. It was SO worth it. The Aurora has already shot into my top 5 pens, easily.

http://www.taskyprianou.com/fpn_london_pen_show_booty.jpeg
Pen: Aurora Archivi Storici 012 with a STUNNING F / XF nib :wub: :wub: - £50
Journal: My first, and not last, Leuchtturm1917 :wub: - £10
Ink: Sailor SouBoku :wub: from The Writing Desk, show price £19

Chuffed to bits. No regrets.

Thank you everyone who made it such a beautiful afternoon.

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