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Old 02-08-2010, 01:53 PM   #16
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Just found an old Mount Blanc rollerball that I thought I'd lost years ago. Was in a junk drawer in the kitchen. Went to Staples for a new refill and I'm all set. But IMHO, the cheapy Pilot G-2 and the UNI pens I've been using since are superior.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:27 PM   #17
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Holey crap! The Rotring 600 I got in 1989 for $40.00 is friggin $239.00 now! Glad I kept it! Here's a pic.

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Old 02-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #18
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I have a couple, one is a nice Pelikan 800 series in blue stripes - this thing holds a bathtub full of ink and has a really nice nib, the other was a gift, some Italian thing - I have not used it as I no longer write for a living. I used the Pelikan for writing and for sketching but I write so little now it just dries out so it's clean and empty in storage.

But I do sort of enjoy looking at nice pens - I'd like Conklin Crescent Filler at some point.

I'm not really a pen-horse like some people are that's for sure.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:03 PM   #19
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Had a $100 Waterman- really wasn't any better than a $5 roller ball...
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:55 PM   #20
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I steal a couple of these whenever i go there

Looks like a long haul for a shopping trip, unless Sweden has changed their alphabet recently.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #21
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Nobody steals a pen with no cap. Especially when it looks like shit.
I was shopping at Santa Fe Pens, I told the guy that I am a bartender and I don't carry a pen because everyone is always asking to borrow one.
He pulled out a big fountain pen and removed the cap and handed it to me.
He explained that no one would forget to return it because they wouldn't accidently forget and slip it in their pocket open.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:32 PM   #22
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I've never owned a pen in my life that cost me more than a few bucks. Free ones see to multiply in the desk drawers. One day, I was looking at some silly tactical pen on Countycomm and read that it used a pressurized Fisher Space Pen refill. I went to the Fisher website and read all about the pens developed for the space program. I'd heard of them, but never knew the whole story. Anyway, I was browsing around and found their Bullet Space Pen. This is the coolest pen design I've ever seen. Sturdy, simple, all brass. Capped, the pen is only 3 3/4" long, so it fits comfortably in the front pocket of my pants (I don't like having a pen in my shirt pocket when I'm driving or riding.). Open, it's an average size pen that writes well on any type of paper, even if it's wet or greasy, or upside down, or really cold or really hot.... The first line of engraving was free, so I had my name put it, just in case I lose it and an honest person finds it.

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I heard the US gov't spent millions developing that pen for the space program.


The Russians used pencils.

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Old 02-08-2010, 08:36 PM   #23
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I heard the US gov't spent millions developing that pen for the space program.


The Russians used pencils.

Uses in the U.S. and Russian space programs

There exists a common urban legend claiming that the Americans spent millions of dollars developing the Space Pen, and the Russians used a pencil.[1] In fact, NASA programs have used pencils (for example a 1965 order of mechanical pencils[1]) but because of the danger that a broken-off pencil tip poses in zero gravity and the flammable nature of the wood present in pencils[1] a better solution was needed.
NASA never approached Paul Fisher to develop a pen, nor did Fisher receive any government funding for the pen's development. Fisher invented it independently, and then asked NASA to try it. After the introduction of the AG7 Space Pen, both the American and Soviet (later Russian) space agencies adopted it. Previously both the Russian and American astronauts used grease pencils and plastic slates.[2]
Another rumor has it that the Apollo 11 astronauts accidentally snapped off a switch which was necessary to permit them to fire the engine to return to Earth, and that a Fisher Space Pen was used to press this button. While the incident did occur, Buzz Aldrin has stated that, in fact, he used a felt-tip pen for this.[3]
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Then I headed over to where my girlfriend works. Greg, the boss, followed us outside and kept trying to tell me about how he went to Las Vegas one time on a motocycle. I was like, "oh-kay, that's great Greg."

Just back from Prudhoe Bay, IMO it was really worth the trip, AK is a beautiful place & you need lots of time to take it all in. I'm looking forward to returning & exploring some places i didn't have time to ride.RIP Ron Melton
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:46 PM   #24
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That's nowhere near as funny.


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Old 02-08-2010, 09:25 PM   #25
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I've got a black Ducati pen that I paid 3$ for at the races last may.

It needs a tune up and valve adjustment every 7000 words...
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:33 AM   #26
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I got a set of grease pencils.
Before I left for Alaska, I let my kid sign my fender.
I never washed it off.
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Then I headed over to where my girlfriend works. Greg, the boss, followed us outside and kept trying to tell me about how he went to Las Vegas one time on a motocycle. I was like, "oh-kay, that's great Greg."

Just back from Prudhoe Bay, IMO it was really worth the trip, AK is a beautiful place & you need lots of time to take it all in. I'm looking forward to returning & exploring some places i didn't have time to ride.RIP Ron Melton
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:42 AM   #27
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Got one of these with the 950. The 6000 word service was $100!!


My soon-to-be father-in-law gave me a pen he made out of deer antler. When he came out we let him have a pair of elk antlers from an elk that died at my parent's house. He's going to make pens for myself and the groomsmen of my wedding. Hopefully I get to help.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:37 PM   #28
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http://www.surefire.com/The-SureFire-Pen

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Old 02-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #29
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Holey crap! The Rotring 600 I got in 1989 for $40.00 is friggin $239.00 now! Glad I kept it! Here's a pic.

I've got that same pen. A gift from my wife prior to starting my thesis back in 1995. Still use it quite a bit.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:06 PM   #30
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After the fourth week in a row of fricken pens freezing on the divesite, decided to get a Fisher. Jumped on their website, turns out I NEEDED one of these. Just came in the mail.
Made from a .338 Lapua. Neat.

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