2023 DC Pen Show

2023 DC Pen Show

I started to film a bit on Friday morning, but as soon as it got a little busy I set the camera down and forgot all about it.  I wanted to say hi to everybody!

My table:

And the penmakers I met!!

Sean Allott – London Pen Co (London, Ontario, Canada)

Me and JC the Nib Tailor!

And here is a video where I started work on the nib testers he had at his table.

Ben – Mayfair Pens

David – Figboot on Pens.  I just call him Figgy.  🙂

DarailPenz!!  Y’all we gotta push him to get a big metal lathe.  🙂

Vivek of Urushi Studios India.  Super cool guy!  Gave me this pen.

Hello Tello – Me – Tim TurnT!!

Hello again.

And Lisa Vanness!!  I rode up with Lisa and Chad (bearded Chad) from Arkansas.  We had a great time chatting it up in the Pen Van.  🙂

(and Ben-Mayfair peeking in)

Wood Wonders – Charlie

Walltown Pens – Brett

Friday night JC took several of us to Korean BBQ and it was all different and new to me, but holy cow it was GOOD.  You can see here not much left.  The fermented cucumbers/onions/peppers (exactly to left of the front water bottle – red sauce) were AMAZING.  Holy cow.  And it had a nice spicy hot kick to it.  🙂

Kristen Brooks – Sean Allott

Figboot deep in thought

Brooksy, Mark Bacas, JC

Brooksy and me at the bakery next door.  Yo, red beans (they’re a sweet red bean, Adzuki) mushed up in a pastry are dangerous.  Good thing I don’t live close to something like that.  X)

Sunday Night I went with Chad from Vanness, Matthew Chen (amazing nib grinding wunderkind), his mom Nina, and DanDon!  Ramen for dinner.  First we had fried octopus balls, pan fried dumplings, and soy bean things… I forget what they were called.  Delicious top to bottom!  This was WAY better than the ramen I had in Little Rock a while back.  No comparison even.  Why is there so much good food so far away???

DanDon, Nina, Me

The show was great.  If you’ve never been to a big show, you have to try to make it to at least one.  There are lots all over the country that I’d call big.  DC, Chicago, San Fran, LA/California.  Then Dallas is up there, Atlanta, Baltimore I think.  Then some smaller ones like Arkansas and the new Pacific Northwest show and a many others.

Pen Show Schedule

Thanks for making it a great show for me!

And if you haven’t seen yet, I’m clearing inventory, making space for new pens.  You can get 35% off of any of my discounted pens with purchase of at least one regular priced pen.


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