Below are the scheduled seminars for the 2021 San Francisco International Pen Show.

In general, seminars at the pen show are free for all attendees. Unless specified otherwise, sign up sheets will be available on the day of the seminar. And some seminars may charge for materials to be able to participate.

For any questions regarding these seminars, you may send an email to: classes@sfpenshow.com.

SATURDAY, August 28

It’s Not Writing: Diagnosing Nib Problems Without Destroying the Nib

Instructor: Joshua Lax

9:00-9:45am

We have all received a pen, put some ink in it, and started to try it out when the pen doesn’t write well or at all. Joshua Lax, nib professional, will discuss basic concepts to how nibs function and what might be going wrong, with some tips and ideas on what to do.


Wooden Pencils: A brief history and hands-on play

Instructor: Andy Welfle

1:00-2:00pm


San Francisco Stationery Meetup at the Pen Show

Facilitators: Bruce Eimon and Co.

2:30-3:30pm

We are a group of stationery nuts who get together every second Saturday in Japantown to show-off and share our latest acquisitions. Our focus is usually on the sub-$20 product range of awesome and functional daily-use products. We are grateful to have Maido Stationery as a regular sponsor, each month giving us early access to their latest imports from Japan.

At this session, we will give you a feel for the group’s activities with tables full of our own stash of planners, stencils, pencils, sharpeners, and innovative Japanese stationery products for you to play with. Take a break from the $500~ products on the show floor, and spend a little time playing with the awesome products that don’t burn a hole in your wallet.


Paper Tasting with premium Japanese fountain pen paper

Instructor: Bruce Eimon, of Think on Paper.Co

4:00-5:30pm

Capacity: 25 participants

Materials fee: $50

After an introduction on what characteristics to look for when comparing papers (i.e. tasting notes), participants will be given unmarked sheets of paper to compare, contrast, and ultimately find their own favorite paper.  This event will be using paper from Yamamoto Paper’s “Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection”, and each participant will be given over $50 worth of Yamamoto Paper products that they will be able to take home.

Please bring your own writing equipment to test the paper.  We encourage you to bring your sheeniest, shadiest, and wettest inks, in your gushiest pens, so you can really see how the papers perform.

Due to capacity limits and materials, pre-registration is required for the Paper Tasting seminar . Please send an email to classes@sfpenshow.com


SUNDAY, August 29


Pens for Kids Workshop

Hosted by the Pen Collectors of America

12:00-1:30pm

In this seminar, Gary Naka and other volunteers from the Pen Collectors of America will teach the next generation of pen collectors. They will cover the history of writing instruments, from humble reeds to the fountain pens we love, and introduce kids to proper fountain pen usage. The goal is simple: write a thank you note to someone, preferably with the new pen won during the Pens for Kids Scavenger hunt.

No fees or materials required to attend. Just bring curious minds!


Paper Tasting with premium Japanese fountain pen paper

Instructor: Bruce Eimon, of Think on Paper.Co

2:00-3:30pm

Capacity: 25 participants

Materials fee: $50

After an introduction on what characteristics to look for when comparing papers (i.e. tasting notes), participants will be given unmarked sheets of paper to compare, contrast, and ultimately find their own favorite paper.  This event will be using paper from Yamamoto Paper’s “Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection”, and each participant will be given over $50 worth of Yamamoto Paper products that they will be able to take home.

Please bring your own writing equipment to test the paper.  We encourage you to bring your sheeniest, shadiest, and wettest inks, in your gushiest pens, so you can really see how the papers perform.

Due to capacity limits and materials prep, pre-registration is required for the Paper Tasting seminar. Please send an email to classes@sfpenshow.com