View Full Version : The pen in your pocket.

2nd Apr 2002, 05:03
A follow on to the watch.
Always carry two.

2nd Apr 2002, 07:31
Mont Blanc? Well actually it is the Ritz-Carlton "lookalike" that I take with me when I stay at that chain.

Back in the old Engineer days it was a gold Cross pen and pencil set. It didn't count if you didn't have both of them in your pencil protector. -dAAvid

2nd Apr 2002, 09:27
When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300C.

The Russians used a pencil.

2nd Apr 2002, 09:55
Hey SSS:

Congratulations on your first post ?? :confused: ??

I always lose biros so just use an ordinary plastic one - the ones you get free in hotels usually last longer than it takes me to lose 'em, so are ideal ...

2nd Apr 2002, 10:05
The NASA Pen Story (http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.htm)


2nd Apr 2002, 14:14
Yeah, Grainger - well with the new software n'all ....

I was previously me, but only as a pseudonym for my then log-on identity. Which wasn't me. Now I can't be me by stealth any more, I thought I'd stop being someone else and start being me legitimately. :D

2nd Apr 2002, 14:18
Hey SSS: That sort of makes sense - errr, I think ;)

The new software is better, but nicked a load of my posts too :( Must have gone to the same place as the biros.....

2nd Apr 2002, 14:35
I got an Aurora - Primavera Rollerball for christmas :)

Some thieving git nicked it two weeks later!!! http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/whinging.gif

2nd Apr 2002, 18:06
Currently in use a freebee from Wallace Women's Healthcare. It's one of those with a clear end, allowing you to watch a sperm gradually slide down to fertilise an egg. Next up is a pen in the shape of a syringe, complete with some sort of red liquid that looks like rather watery blood.

Amazing how much you can do to a simple biro. :D

Send Clowns
2nd Apr 2002, 18:55
In ordinary use, a cheap biro, as I am incapable of keeping a pen for long. For writing posh I now have three fountain pens, including the 'everyday' one, a rather attractive Tombo (Japanese, matt red metal finish). For really posh, the Cross my Brother and his bride gave me for being Best Man.

Have a gold-nib Parker somewhere, but it has had a crack for years and so leaked, never got around to repairing it (although sellotape makes it work without turning my fingers blue it looks a bit odd).

Whichever pen I write with my handwiting is still apalling.

2nd Apr 2002, 20:26
You don't say! ;)

2nd Apr 2002, 21:02
Pilot Better Retractable! Company issued and one of the few pens that can write on the Aussie waterproof maintenance releases. :D

Better Retractable Ballpoint Pen Ballpoint with a tungsten carbide ball, stainless steel tip. Metal clip, tinted barrel, nonslip grip. Refillable.


When the company supply runs short we have the emergency backup as illustrated below1