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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.