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2024 Washington DC Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW
2024 Washington DC Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW
38 DAYS TO THE EVENT
When
Aug 01, 2024, 10:00 AM – Aug 04, 2024, 5:00 PM
Where
Marriott Fairview Park,
3111 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042, USA

Exhibitor table registrations and Weekend Trader tickets - use the above "Register Now" button.

EXHIBITOR TABLES ARE SOLD OUT.  REGISTER FOR A WAITING LIST TABLE.  YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IF A TABLE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

PUBLIC ADMISSION
DAILY 
   
Public admission tickets can be purchased for Friday ($25), Saturday ($10) and/or Sunday ($10). This is a great opportunity for a burgeoning enthusiast or for those curious as to what is a pen show to experience what all the hullabaloo is about. Public admissions tickets can be purchased.





WEEKEND TRADER

Weekend Trader passes cost $50 and include one (1) non-collecting significant other. A collecting significant other will need a separate Weekend Trader ticket.

Attend all 4 days of the show and participate in all activities as space allows. Weekend Traders can sit at a table on Thursday, but tables are assigned starting on Friday. Only Weekend Traders and Exhibitors may attend the SUPERSHOW on Thursday and Friday morning - you have more time to interact with exhibitors and other Weekend Traders and admitted early on Saturday abd Sunday.

Order Weekend Trader tickets, pay, and complete registration form:







There is no admission fee for children - they are free and hopefully will enjoy the SUPERSHOW.

 
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Bob Johnson started the DC Pen SUPERSHOW in 1992. With his continued vision and dedication in establishing a venue for pen enthusiasts to meet, sell, and discuss their interest in fountain pens, Bob created the largest pen show in the world drawing attendees from numerous countries and states.

Sadly, Bob passed away in September 2020 but his sister, Barbara Johnson, and nephew, Jeff Hancock, both long time pen show helpers, carry on his legacy.

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2024 SUPERSHOW SPONSORS

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GALEN LEATHER provided a gift for everyone attending the 2023 SUPERSHOW as pictured here - this souvenir bag.

Galen Leather will provide a bag for the 2024 SUPERSHOW attendees.

YAFA BRANDS will give the first 200 public admissions on Saturday and Sunday a bottle of Monteverde Special Edition ink

                     

                             2024

                              D.C.

                    SUPERSHOW

                 Purple Diamond

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SPECIAL GUESTS AT EXHIBITOR TABLES

BOTTEGANDO

Sergio Montagna was born and continuies to live in Verona, Italy, the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Even as a child, Sergio showed great interest in nature, drawing and art. He continued his studies in high school, deepening his knowledge of literature, the history of ancient art, ancient Greek and Latin. After graduating in law with top marks from the University of Verona, he began a professional career in the legal sector and then as a financial consultant for an important Italian bank.

Over the years he developed a great love for fountain pens and watches. After meeting his wife Stefania, he realized his passion for artistic creation and founded Bottegando Italia with her. Their studio specializes in the intricate oriental techniques of urushi and maki-e.

After more than a decade of study and experimentation, driven by a desire to create writing instruments and watches that were unique, beautiful, and perfect - items capable of transmitting joy to their owners - Sergio developed a unique and personal artistic style. In his creations the oriental charm of Urushi lacquer and his Italian artistic sensitivity combine with his love for the landscapes, the atmosphere, and the urban and naturalistic monuments of his country. He executes the traditional techniques of Japanese maki-e in a unique, free, and personal way.

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Obsessed with precision, Sergio deeply loves Japanese lacquer and maki-e techniques since they allow hom to create heritage-quality works of art, so durable they can be handed down within families for generations.

Sergio has a mission: to add to the beauty of the world through his artistry. 

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Bottegando will have a raffle for this one of a kind pen.  Stop by and meet the designer Sergio and enter the raffle for a chance to win!

PILOT

Special guests from Japan will be at the Pilot tables.

Stop by to meet Mr. Yoshimasa Sugahara and Ms. Minami Obuchi.

Pilot also has a raffle for an Ishime fountain pen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so be sure to enter for a chance to win!

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INK TESTING TABLES

A big THANK YOU to the following SUPERSHOW exhibitors who donated ink to the ever popular ink testing tables The tables are located on the Ground Floor near the Seminar rooms - easily accessible by the staircase in the Foyer or the elevator.  Visit their tables for more information on the colorful fountain pen inks.

ANDERILLIUM

GOULET - SAMPLE SETS - BRIAN'S, DREW'S & MUST HAVES

ITOYA - SAILOR & TACCIA

LUXURY BRANDS - COLORVERSE & NOODLERS

NAGASAWA - KOBE

PILOT - IROSHIZUKU

VANNESS - COLOR TRAVELER, INKEBARA, ROBERT OSTER

YAFA - MONTEVERDE & PRIVATE RESERVE

Additionally, ROBERT OSTER has sent ink in anticipation of participating at the 2025 DC Pen SUPERSHOW and having the SwatchPlay event.  If all goes well, Robert will make the 2025 SUPERSHOW his very first public appearance for the brand.

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PEN SHOW PLANNING

Below are several excellent You Tube links to help you attend a pen show - either as a newbie or seasoned visitor:

1.  Mike Matteson, In
kdependence - How to Pen Show   
     Mi
ke will present a seminar at the 2024 SUPERSHOW.
     Mike has You Tube videos of the 2021, 2022, & 2023 SUPERSHOWS:
         

       2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H6VDF_Uww                

                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8dxr6ZwOrI&t=3079s 

   

       2022 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PDtKc_lS4&t=539s                                                                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z7FTPqWiho&t=12s

                                                                 
       2023 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AZzwruSpe0&t=49s2

2.  David Parker, Figboo
t - Pen Show 101
     David will present a seminar at the 2024 SUPERSHOW.

 

 

A QUICK PRIMER ON FOUNTAIN PENS 

BRIAN GOULET PRESENTS:   FOUNTAIN PEN 101  
 

Fountain Pen 101 Part 1:  What is a Fountain Pen?
Fountain Pen 101 Part 2:  How Do Fountain Pens Work?

Fountain Pen 101 Part 3:  How to Clean a Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen 101 Part 4:  Fountain Pen Nibs Explained

Fountain Pen 101 Part 5:  How to Write with a Fountain Pen





GOULET PENCAST 

2023 DC Pen SUPERSHOW Live Event


In case you missed this fun event in 2023, here is the link to watch the action:


https://youtu.be/3UjoLFCM1ZQ?

GET IN TOUCH

DC Pen Show

P.O. Box 5021
Falls Church, VA 22044

703-214-8148

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