San Francisco International Pen Show Proves a Roaring Success


Here at the Pen Company, we love everything there is to know about pens, whether it’s new technology, anniversary editions, or even pen events!

One of the newest, which has come our way via the internet, is the brilliant International Pen Show that takes places every single year in San Francisco.

This year has been one of the biggest, with 78 vendors, exhibitors and traders flocking to Sofitel in San Francisco Bay.

Dan Smith at Fountain Pen Geeks wrote that:

“I loved it – for the accommodations, the access to both a fine restaurant as well as nearby other choices, and most of all a spacious and well-lit event room to host in.

There is room for growth, which I don’t doubt will happen next year. The organizers took very good care of the vendors, sellers, and traders, with breakfasts in the morning, snacks in the afternoon (for all!) and a killer live music event on Friday night with a hosted bar. The Royal Deuces were an inspired choice, and everyone had a good time.”

Indeed, the event, which lasted from August 22-24, included exclusive talks about pens, the industry, history and even trivia about the much loved writing tool.

To attend, visitors were charged $10 per day or $15 for a two day pass (a three day pass required a sign-up), and to the delight of many, children under the age of 13 enjoyed free admission into the event.

Exhibitors included The Wahl-Eversharp Company, Bittner and the Pen World Magazine amongst many other great and well-known brands.

When announced in March, one internet forum was particularly pleased about the event. The Fountain Pen Network, a place for fountain pen enthusiasts to discuss, compare pens and learn, ran a six page thread, discussing the much anticipated show.

User, Zaddick, was exceptionally happy about the event and commented that it was, “Exciting stuff. Already doing good deeds around the house to ensure I can go with a fist full of cash and the wife’s blessing.”

What’s more, the event has announced that it shall be repeating the show next year and should take place around the same time.

Anna has been a lover of stationery since the age of three, when she got her first red spotted pencil case. Lucky enough to work part time for The Pen Company, she is surrounded by stationery; the dream of many a collector!

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