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UPDATE: ‘Out of Africa’ Pen

Several months ago I wrote about the pen used in the Academy Award-winning film “Out of Africa.” A reader had asked what pen it was that Robert Redford’s character had given to Meryl Streep’s character.

I wasn’t sure, and I couldn’t get a good image of the pen to identify it. Well, that was until another great reader named Mark wrote in with a much improved screen shot.

A trusty reader named Mark was able to do a better screen capture of the gold pen in "Out of Africa." Is it a Waterman 52? Can anybody possitively i.d. this pen?

A trusty reader named Mark was able to do a better screen capture of the gold pen in “Out of Africa.” Is it a Waterman 52? Can anybody possitively i.d. this pen?

Both characters in the film are rich, and this would have been a very nice gold or gold-fill pen. It looks to me to be a Waterman 52 with a gold sleeve. However, I’m still not 100% certain. If more knowledgeable pen collectors than I can confirm what it is, please write in to tell us.

Thanks again to Mark and his video editing technology!

A Pen for the Highest Office

I like to envision elements of this new blog as a cocktail party for pen collectors. Who else would start a conversation with a total stranger by asking, “Did you know so-and-so writes with a ______ pen?” It can’t be any worse than, “Hey, baby, what’s your sign?” (Scorpio)

President Barack Obama signs a bill with a Cross Townsend rollerball pen.

President Barack Obama signs a bill with a Cross Townsend rollerball pen.

Everybody uses a pen, but it is interesting to see who uses what. As this blog grows, I hope to identify the pens used by movie stars, politicians (both parties), athletes and anybody else who has made the news. One of the great pleasures of getting to know pen collectors is discovering many share my interest in random trivia.

I fully encourage readers to send in images and ideas for this series of posts.

To get us started, I figured who best to turn to than the person who has the world’s most powerful autograph.

President Barack Obama is well known for using special Cross Townsend rollerball pens to sign bills into law. The stalwart American-made pens are black with silver trim. Official signing pens are custom made with the commander-in-chief’s signature and a presidential seal. The pen’s inner brass barrel construction gives the writing instrument a nice weight and balance. When I used to sell pens at a store in a mall, Townsends were a popular model that wrote just as smoothly as a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Classique for a third of the price.

Please note in the photo that it does not appear our president is a pen collector, as he posts the distinctive cap on the tail of the pen. Mr. President, that will wear on the pen and ruin its finish. Of course, if any of us were lucky enough to own a signing ceremony pen from any president, it probably wouldn’t matter much that it had a little surface wear.

Welcome to The Pen Market.com’s Blog

Hello, and welcome!

It has been a long time coming, but we are very happy to have our very own blog. It is a space dedicated to pen lovers old and new. In it we hope to entertain our readers and customers with pen history, classic–if not somewhat cheesy–pen ads, repair advice and much more.

One of our upcoming favorite features will be trying to identify the pens of famous people. We will also try to identify the pens you see in the movies!

As for further entertainment, we might even add fun musings, short stories, song parodies or more.

Naturally, we’ll keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest things happening at ThePenMarket.com, to make sure you don’t miss out on great bargains or rare pens.

Last, but not least, we want to learn about you. Ask us questions. Tell us about you. We love better getting to know our customers, and we want to do all we can to make your shopping and reading experience the best one you have online!

Tell your friends, and come back soon.

Yours,
Nathaniel Cerf
President, Repairman
ThePenMarket.com