Ink a deal at the `Pen SuperShow'

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August 08, 2002|By Lori Sears

Are you the type who believes you can't own too many fountain pens? And does your brother lose a ballpoint pen a day, it seems? Yes and yes with a capital Y, you say? Well, you and your brother will want to head down to Vienna, Va., for the "Washington, D.C. Pen SuperShow."

The show boasts more than 200 exhibitors from around the globe displaying, selling and trading new and vintage pens. Visitors will find the latest pen styles, antique varieties, hard-to-find models and more, including other writing accessories, advertising memorabilia, books about pens and gifts.

There'll also be free evaluations of your pens' values. Artist Bob Hergert will scrimshaw and incise designs on pens. Repairmen will bring your old and out-of-commission pens back to life. There'll be "Introduction to Fountain Pen" seminars for all. And visitors can try out dozens of pens and learn some calligraphy and handwriting tips.

The first 200 adult visitors each day will receive free Delta ink in a commemorative Napoleonic bottle. All children and students will receive a free Yafa fountain pen. And a free pen calendar and Pen World magazine will be handed out to all.

The pen show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna, Va. $6; free for ages under 12. Call 703-448-1234.

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