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Calligraphy at the Writing Equipment Show

Calligraphy at the Writing Equipment Show

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The London Writing Equipment Show was heaving. My first visit and it was interesting. The majority of stalls were for fountain pen collectors and repairers, but a couple of tables caught this little calligrapher’s eye.

What I bought at the London WES

I was drawn to some hot coral coloured Lamy fountain pens at The Writing Desk’s table because my pink Safari had just run out of ink. Time to buy some refills.

Lamy refill inks at the Joy Daniels demonstrates copperplate calligraphy at Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

I then noticed that they stocked Dr Atramentis (and on special for the show), which is one I’ve been trying to find in the UK for months. I bought two document inks in blue and fuchsia, and a black archive ink.

Dr Artemis Inks

Before I could stop spending any more money on inks, I saw this gorgeous bottle with its blood red innards staring up at me, willing me to take it home. Oh alright, beautiful. It’s J.Herbin anniversary edition, “1670”, in Rouge Hematite.

Herbin inks

I stopped by Joy Daniels table (from Northampton Calligraphy Studio) and asked her to try my new ink out. She said it was a nice to write with as it looked.

Joy Daniels demonstrates copperplate calligraphy at Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

What I did not buy at the London WES

These really ridiculously good looking collectible dip pens. But I did buy the book about collectible dip pens by Jim Marshall 🙂

Collectible dip pens at the Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Collectible dip pens at the Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Fountain Pens at the London Writing Equipment Show

Ink Wells at the London Writing Equipment Show

WES Writing Equipment Show display

It was intriguing to bear witness to London’s underbelly of fountain pen (and other minority writing equipment) connoisseurs, and great to see Joy showcasing her beautiful copperplate calligraphy.

2 comments

Astrid dao

Oh my! Whatta event! How’s the collectible dip pen book that you bought? Is it worth getting?

Cheers,
Astrid

    Studio Team

    Hi Astrid. Sorry for the slow reply! The event really was quite something, especially if you’re a fountain pen lover. I was just happy to get some new inks, and catch up with Joy. The dip pen book is jam packed full of information that would most likely be hard to source in one place anywhere on the web. I thought £10 was a little pricey, but when you appreciate the knowledge that’s gone into it, I don’t begrudge it at all.

    Says Jim Marshall in the preface:

    My intention is to summarise the range of dip pens available and at the same time offer some comment on collecting.

    I haven’t read cover to cover, but the key thing I was looking for and haven’t found yet was guidance on where to source dip pens to buy (although there’s a couple of dealers listed on the last page).

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