Ohio pen exhibition near Columbus draws in crowds

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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Pen lovers from around the globe are convening in a Columbus suburb for the annual Ohio Pen Show.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/Q5Fw7s ) the event being held at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin is attracting about 1,000 collectors of new and antique writing instruments as well as amateur pen enthusiasts.

It is one of about a dozen similar events held across the country.

Prices among 180 exhibitors ranged from a few dollars to $100,000. The most expensive was a pen in the Maki-e (MAH'-kee-ay) hand-painted style of Japan, which was offered by a Canadian merchant.

Many calligraphy lovers seeking fountain pens, ink reservoirs and metal nibs attended the show. The newspaper reports Central Ohio is home to one of the few U.S. fountain pen manufacturers, Bexley Pen Inc.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com