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Old 01-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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What do UK members know of UK pen shows - are they worth doing?

UK pen shows

and what about the WES show in London later in the year?

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:19 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I've done nearly every UK pen show including the London pen show since 2007 and I know the organisers of UK Pen Shows and the London pen show very well.

I suggest you visit a pen show as a visitor and having a look around first before committing to having a table, as they are VERY VERY different to any other show including Craft/Design shows.

About 98% of visitors to UK pen shows are only interested in fountain pens, and in the main vintage fountain pens.They are very knowledgeable about their pens, and most importantly nibs, so you need to have a pen with a high quality nib and the option of offering gold nibs as an alternative to Steel.

I don't sell kit fountain pens at UK pen shows (I make my own design kitless fountain pens) as the few kit penmakers I have come across who've had tables at pen shows have not done very well.The only guy making kit pens who did OK was Ian Woodford who used to be a member of IAP but I haven't seen or heard from Ian for quite a few years now.

In the past I have done as many as six UK pen shows a year, but this year I'm doing just two, as I've found it is more profitable and cost effective to concentrate on good quality Craft shows.

PM me if you need any more on UK pen shows.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the advice. I will try and attend the litchfield show as a punter first. I only make kitless fountain pens.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 AM   #24 (permalink)
 
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I'll be at the Litchfield show as well as the Bristol show on Sunday 10 Feb.
Come and say hello at Litchfield and bring some of your pens with you, it will be good to meet up.

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Old 06-06-2013, 03:54 PM   #26 (permalink)
 
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The Midland pen show is at Lichfield in the Guildhall on Sunday June 23rd. I'll be there on table 19 hope to see you there.
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I am new member on Cheshire area (Lymm)
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