Sunday, 3 October 2010

The London Writing Equipment Show

The London Writing Equipment Show is on its fourth year and has been held again on the first Sunday in October at Kensington Town Hall. It is buzzing with coinoisseurs getting all technical about nibs and makes and ink-filling systems. Present were representatives of the Writing Equipment Society, nib smiths, the author of the Conway Stewart definite book, the author of the classic works on the Parker Duofold, Vacumatic and 51, the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors, the owner of the most comprehensive collection of Yard-O-Leads, calligraphers and many pen traders.

Onoto, Conway Stewart, Montblank

Traders from all over of the UK and some from Europe are here offering their delectable ware from all the major brands, antique, vintage and new - fountain pens mostly but also nibs, spare parts, ephemera and some exquisite dip pens. Very few pencils though - this is not the place for the pencil lover but a mecca for the fountain pen aficionado.

Dip Pens at the Vintage Fountain Pen stall

Oh so many Parkers

Vintage Fountain Pen stall

"One packet of Ford's Gold Medal Absorbent Extra Thick 
Blotting Paper cut in convenient size for hand use."

Large bottle of Swan Ink, Olympic pen and a tin advert
of Park Quink and nibs...

Calligrapher at Work

Business Cards from all over.

So many pens, so little money. Till next year.


  1. Wish i could have been there.

  2. I like that enamel sign for Quink. I know the Kensington Town Hall quite well but I've never been to the WES show. I would love to go; maybe some day. Looks like you had a great time, though.

  3. If only I had a pocketful of 50-pound-notes... ;)

  4. wow! thinking about going to London just for this... :-)