What better way to honour a man devoted to a life of peace and poverty than with a pen made only for the very rich? Apparently, that was the thinking at Montblanc, the German maker of high-end writing instruments. The company has released a special limited edition fountain pen bearing the likeness of Mohandas Gandhi, just in time for the 140th anniversary of his birth. [Read more…]
We love pens, but sometimes, really, they can take themselves far too seriously.
So, once in a while, we have to search out those pens that are just silly or geeky or made for people whose lives apparently are much more adventurous than our own. The only criterion is that they must be pens you can actually use, besides being unusual in some way, of course.
This time around, we found nine such pens, each one ugly, awkward and fun in its own way. Or so we think, anyway. [Read more…]
Apparently, there’s some question about what kind of pen mock conservative Stephen Colbert uses on his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report.
Speculation on an older pen blog post and earlier this year on the show’s message board was that he uses the Uni-ball Signo Premier 207, or maybe a blue Pilot Dr. Grip. Those both are good guesses, especially the Signo, because the pen he normally waves around during the show looks very much like the popular Uni-ball model.
But, Colbert’s pen lights up blue when he clicks it, which neither the Signo nor the Dr. Grip is capable of doing.
So, being the curious types that we are, we decided to go straight to the source and ask. Or, at least straight to the source’s people.
And Renata Luczak, director of corporate communications at Comedy Central, came through for us. According to her:
The pen that Stephen Colbert uses is the……Bristol Light Pen SM 4618!
The Bristol is a promotional pen line manufactured by Bullet Line and distributed by a network of vendors in the States and Canada. It’s one of those pens you can order by the hundreds silk-screened or laser engraved with your business logo.
In this case, of course, the pens display the logo of The Colbert Report.
According to Bullet Line, the pens feature:
- Swiss nib
- German ink cartridge
- Plunger activated LED light
- Frosted rubber grip
- Lacquer coated nickel plated brass
If you’re a die-hard Colbert fan, you could probably buy your own Bristol Light Pen with personalised logo for about £2.5. Of course, you have to order at least 150 at a time.
But you have to admit, it would be sort of brilliant to have your own set of pens engraved with “Member of the Colbert Nation.”
Meanwhile, over on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart is still using a plain old Bic Round Stic. C’mon Stewart, get some style!
The classic interview question!
At least once in our careers, we have all faced some smug guy across the desk who will suddenly throw an object across the desk to you and say “sell me this”. You look at the object, usually something so commonplace and inanimate that it cannot possibly have any features or benefits but you need the job so you look at the ceiling for inspiration, take a deep breath and plunge in.
Try this. Take a standard, simple HB office pencil fitted with an eraser. At some point, the inventor must have tried to sell it to a shopkeeper who perhaps sold quill pens and had to come up with some selling points as to why the guy should take a few dozen of his new invention but what were they?
We have started the ball rolling with a few of our own thoughts – some are stretching it a bit – but would be delighted to hear yours – serious, humorous, brand new or simply bizarre!
Armed with this information, this is one interview question that will never faze you.
Who knows, you may even end up being the CEO!!
Our selling points
- Can be sharpened as often as you like to keep your writing looking crisp.
- A handy eraser lets you correct writing errors quickly.
- A tight fitting band that keeps the eraser securely in place.
- A handy tool for reinforcing a point in a meeting!
- Sold in a convenient pack to ensure they will last for months and you do not have to keep re-stocking.
- Makes a good back scratcher!