Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27

Thread: Theoretical Situation.

  1. #1
    Senior Member manoeuver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Near Midwest, US
    Posts
    1,123
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 452 Times in 215 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Theoretical Situation.

    As some of you may have heard, the US is planning to go back to the Moon in five years or so.
    Russia is also planning a manned Moon program.

    I am arranging a US vs Russia arm-wrestling tournament on the Moon.
    Winner selects the next US president.

    YOU are the scorekeeper for the tourney.
    Due to strict weight restrictions, you are only allowed to bring one pen with which to fulfill your duty.
    The tournament lasts 30 days.

    Due to the fictional nature of this situation, any of your fountain pens will function as though they were at home.

    Space train leaves in 5 minutes. You have to fill a pen and get going.

    Also, the floor is lava. You'd better go.

    Which pen do you grab, and what do you fill it with?

  2. #2
    Senior Member manoeuver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Near Midwest, US
    Posts
    1,123
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 452 Times in 215 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    I'd quickly swap an extra-fine nib into the Regular Bulkfiller I'm borrowing from my buddy Kaylen.
    I'd top it up with Namiki Black.
    good thing I'm already wearing my space pants!

  3. #3
    Senior Member Tiggercat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    104
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 22 Times in 17 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    I'd take a Pilot 823 with Herbin Perle Noire. Boring perhaps, but effective.

    Sent from my SM-G973U1 using Tapatalk

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Tiggercat For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 4th, 2019)

  5. #4
    Senior Member calamus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Redwoods Rainforest
    Posts
    543
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked 373 Times in 195 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    I would take my 12 gauge Saiga fountain pen and fill it with silver buckshot, holy water, garlic, wolfbane and Noodler's Heart of Darkness, since the putative arm-wrestling tournament would clearly be a pretext staged by the forces of hell operating under the aegis of the New World Order. My mission would be to blast them all back to hell.
    Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur. — Horace
    (What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke’s on you.)

  6. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to calamus For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 4th, 2019), VertOlive (Yesterday)

  7. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    635
    Thanks
    600
    Thanked 571 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    One of those spiffy Parker atomic pens. My buddy Heywood keeps losing them on the way up to the space station (@2:11).




  8. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to catbert For This Useful Post:

    Lady Onogaro (April 8th, 2019), manoeuver (April 8th, 2019)

  9. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    635
    Thanks
    600
    Thanked 571 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Or, failing that, a Swiss pen for impartiality. A Caran d'Ache Astrograph would be overweight (and budget)



    but an 849 with a handful of cartridges probably weighs less than a bulkfiller. I could pick it up in Duty Free at the spaceport.


  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to catbert For This Useful Post:

    oldstoat (April 17th, 2019), SchaumburgSwan (April 5th, 2019)

  11. #7
    Senior Member FredRydr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania USA
    Posts
    2,189
    Thanks
    418
    Thanked 2,157 Times in 935 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.


  12. The Following User Says Thank You to FredRydr For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 8th, 2019)

  13. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Dallas, as in the 80's TV Series
    Posts
    2,192
    Thanks
    1,503
    Thanked 2,597 Times in 951 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    I'm not taking chances.

    "Assistant, fetch my Fisher Space Pen!!"

    "B..but, sir... which one?"

    - Will
    Sketches with restored vintage fountain pens: Redeem Pens

  14. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to penwash For This Useful Post:

    Kaputnik (April 5th, 2019), Lady Onogaro (April 8th, 2019)

  15. #9
    Senior Member calamus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Redwoods Rainforest
    Posts
    543
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked 373 Times in 195 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Komerade -- here is Sovietsky pen
    Last edited by calamus; April 6th, 2019 at 06:00 PM.
    Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur. — Horace
    (What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke’s on you.)

  16. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to calamus For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 8th, 2019), oldstoat (April 17th, 2019)

  17. #10
    Senior Member Kaputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    By the long tidal river.
    Posts
    571
    Thanks
    779
    Thanked 584 Times in 284 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    I would take one of my vintage Conklin crescent fillers, just to be a retro as possible, but my assistant back on Earth would beam new Namiki Blue ink into it directly using our stolen transporter. People in the vicinity had better hope that we got the coordinates right.
    "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."
    Benjamin Franklin

  18. The Following User Says Thank You to Kaputnik For This Useful Post:

    penwash (April 5th, 2019)

  19. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    372
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 60 Times in 37 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    China might beat everyone there... noodlers ahab, broad bock Ti nib, and Kung Te-Cheng.

  20. The Following User Says Thank You to Bold2013 For This Useful Post:

    Chemyst (April 19th, 2019)

  21. #12
    Senior Member FredRydr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania USA
    Posts
    2,189
    Thanks
    418
    Thanked 2,157 Times in 935 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    ...on the Moon....
    The ink would boil off in seconds. I'll take a mechanical pencil.

  22. The Following User Says Thank You to FredRydr For This Useful Post:

    Lady Onogaro (April 8th, 2019)

  23. #13
    Senior Member calamus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Redwoods Rainforest
    Posts
    543
    Thanks
    407
    Thanked 373 Times in 195 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    ...on the Moon....
    The ink would boil off in seconds. I'll take a mechanical pencil.
    From OP: "Due to the fictional nature of this situation, any of your fountain pens will function as though they were at home."
    Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur. — Horace
    (What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke’s on you.)

  24. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    934
    Thanks
    208
    Thanked 800 Times in 348 Posts
    Rep Power
    4

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Florida won't count correctly. The loser will cry collusion. Somehow China will step out from behind a shadow with a string in their hand. There will be numerous corrections to make. I'll take a few pencils and a very large eraser.

  25. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Scooby921 For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 8th, 2019), Wuddus (April 19th, 2019)

  26. #15
    Senior Member ethernautrix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Land of Po
    Posts
    821
    Thanks
    1,278
    Thanked 868 Times in 391 Posts
    Rep Power
    7

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Pilot 823 with PO nib and Noodler's Black.
    _____________
    To Miasto

  27. #16
    Senior Member manoeuver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Near Midwest, US
    Posts
    1,123
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 452 Times in 215 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    The ink would boil off in seconds. I'll take a mechanical pencil.
    Fred, I wasn't supposed to tell anybody, but the tourney is taking place in a pressurized stadium shaped like a Stegosaurus. Your FP will work perfectly.

  28. The Following User Says Thank You to manoeuver For This Useful Post:

    oldstoat (April 17th, 2019)

  29. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    455
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 239 Times in 77 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    The obvious choice..... the fountain pen that writes under whipped cream!

    Everyone knows that green cheese stuff is BS. The moon is made of whipped cream. That's why it looks white!

    Watch the short video to see this great pen in action!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA16IQx-MJE

  30. The Following User Says Thank You to whichwatch For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 8th, 2019)

  31. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Slovenia
    Posts
    255
    Thanks
    9
    Thanked 102 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    3

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Pilot Custom 823 with FA nib!

  32. The Following User Says Thank You to adhoc For This Useful Post:

    manoeuver (April 9th, 2019)

  33. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    635
    Thanks
    600
    Thanked 571 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Thinking about theoretical space pens led inevitably to Googling actual ones.

    Video about the space pen v pencil myth:


    Catalogue of writing instruments used in space:
    http://spaceflownartifacts.com/flown...struments.html

    ... including John Young's Scripto pencil from Gemini 3. The nylon cord around the barrel (for extra grip with gloves) is reminiscent of a Parker Vacumatic.

  34. The Following User Says Thank You to catbert For This Useful Post:

    Kaputnik (April 9th, 2019)

  35. #20
    Senior Member Kaputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    By the long tidal river.
    Posts
    571
    Thanks
    779
    Thanked 584 Times in 284 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: Theoretical Situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Thinking about theoretical space pens led inevitably to Googling actual ones.

    Video about the space pen v pencil myth...
    Thanks for the link. I've seen that myth debunked before, but this gives details which were new to me.
    "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."
    Benjamin Franklin

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •