Show Pin Review

We recently received some "Show Pins" from to review and thought I would let you know what I think.


Sean contacted us because he had heard of our pin website and asked if I would like to run a competition to give away some of his Show Pins.

The Show Pins we're reviewing were provided for free, however, I haven't been paid or asked to say anything nice!

With that out of the way, on with the review.

My thoughts on Show Pin

Show Pin is a way to display enamel pins without having to pierce anything like a pinboard or clothing.

Close up of Show Pin
Close up of Show Pin

From the website:

Enamel pins have been adorning jackets & bags for over thirty years, many are stored in drawers when not in use.
These great pieces of art are limited to being displayed only on items that the pin can pierce (fabrics, cork boards etc).
By using the Show Pin adaptor the enamel pin badge can now be displayed on any flat hard surface.
Through a thorough design and prototyping process, I am proud to release the show pin.

The pin prong (the pointy bit!) is pushed into a soft rubbery back which keeps quite a firm hold on the pin prong, behind this is a magnet. The magnet is quite small but relatively strong and had no issues with going on my fridge.

Show Pin being added to a FiGPiN
Show Pin being added to a FiGPiN

The Pin Show also comes with a little round piece of metal which the magnet can stick to. I think this is the best way to use Show Pin.

Because of the magnet and the metal attacher, you can display your pins on fabric without having to damage the fabric by forcing the pin prong through.

I don't think the magnet is strong enough to wear the pins on your clothes without the worry of knocking them off. The magnet is strong enough for any pin display pennants you might have that you don't want to damage.

The little piece of metal also comes with an adhesive side, which means you can stick it somewhere and then attach the Pin Show to it. I could imagine the frames of packed pin boards having some of these adhesive metal plates stuck on and suddenly you could display way more pins!

Benefits to the Show Pin

Some of the benefits I could see of Show Pin include:

  • Not risking damaging your pins
  • The standard Mickey pin backs can be quite difficult to get off the pins as I have poor grip, Show Pin is much easier to remove.
  • The pins look really nice "standing" upright

Drawbacks to the Show Pin

Some of the drawn backs I could see of Show Pin are:

  • If you have a large pin collection you want to show off, you would need to buy a lot of them.
  • Because of their small size, I could imagine the little metal backs getting lost.

The Cost

Show Pins are bought in packs of 5 for £10.00, if you're interested you can buy Show Pins.

This means it is £2.00 per Show Pin. I think this is reasonable given that I think you could get years of use out of them.

Final Thoughts

I can see several good uses of this, and at the price would be happy to recommend that people try them out!

Written by elaine - Saturday 21 September 2019

This article was last updated on Thursday 04 March 2021.

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