Info for visitors
We want to make the Dutch Pen Show interesting for all pen lovers.
Of course there will be lots of modern and vintage pens, sometimes with great discounts! But you can also choose from a variety of stationery, notebooks and journals pen cases, ink and lots of other accessories.
Looking to improve your penmanship or add a bit of flourish to your handwriting? Sign up for one of our workshops.
Would you like your favourite pen to write even better? Visit a nib meister and have it tuned just the way you like it.
It’s my first show, what can I expect?
Well, the main attraction of a pen show are of course the pens. Most pens you’ll see will be fountain pens, but we don’t discriminate, so you’ll also find rollerballs, ballpoints and an occasional pencil. You can also find plenty of accessories for storing and carrying your pens, hundreds of ink colours and of course the perfect stationery to write on. There will be something for every budget, whether you’re looking to spend € 10,- or € 10.000,-.
To get the most out of your day and your budget, we strongly recommend asking lots of questions. Our vendors are very passionate about their products and are more than happy to show you their products and help you make your choice. You will also notice that the fountain pen community is a very welcoming group, so most of the other visitors will be happy to share their knowledge as well.
From experience we know it’s very easy to get carried away when you’re surrounded by all these beautiful pens. It might be helpful to set yourself a budget before your visit.
If you already know what you’re looking for: get there early, so you don’t miss out. If you’re still orienting yourself: walk around the room, see what’s there. Make two or three rounds if you have to and then buy your favourite pen.
Do’s and don’ts
- There are no specific rules other than common courtesy and manners. Treat people the way you would like to be treated.
- We definitely recommend wearing comfortable shoes. There is a lot to see and you’ll most likely find yourself walking around a lot.
- Bring a small bag to store your purchases, preferably a shoulder bag, as backpacks tend to hinder your fellow visitors.
- Make sure to bring some water and/or snacks, some paper to test pens on, your favourite pen to try out a new ink and maybe some small ink bottles to fill or swap.
- See a pen you like? Ask the vendor if you’re allowed to pick it up to have a closer look. They’ll be happy to help you!
- Bring cash and cards: each vendor has their own preferred manner of payment, and the nearest ATM is a 20 minute walk.
- It is not uncommon to negotiate the price of a pen, but be polite and bid reasonably.
- Getting hungry? You can bring your own snacks or order something from the café/restaurant. We’ll have a ‘fountain pen café’, where visitors can meet & eat. Please don’t eat or drink in the vendor area.
Don’t leave too early. Some vendors will have some last-minute specials at the end of the day. Also: the hosts of the Dutch Pen Show have arranged for a lottery at the end of the day. Make sure you don’t miss it!
We hope you have a wonderful day, and If you have any questions, just let us know. You can recognize us by our ‘Crew’ T-shirts. We will be happy to assist you.