The problem of visiting the DC Pen Supershow is that any pen show will look small afterwards. The Tilburg show is fairly small, but that’s fine: it’s cozy! The emphasis is on vintage pens, mostly offered by German sellers, but there are a few dealers of modern pens too, as can be seen in the accompanying pictures. This year, the Visconti Rembrandt seemed quite popular, and it was very visible. There was even a German seller, Rolf Thiel from missing-pen.de who sold Noodler’s products—both the inks and the pens—and as far as I know, he’s currently the only seller in Europe to do so.
For me, one of the joys of visiting pen shows is meeting like-minded people. It’s always nice to meet people who don’t think it’s weird to spend money on a pen, who enjoy trying out your favourite pen, and who ask, “Ooh! What ink is that?”
Clearly, one cannot leave a pen show without buying a pen (or two, or three – but I could restrain myself this time). I picked up the new orange Rembrandt calligraphy set from Dennis van de Graaf, owner of lacouronneducomte.nl, and I bought a Visconti Wallstreet from him: that was such an amazing deal that I still can’t believe it’s true!
I hope these pictures give a bit of an impression of the show!