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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-27-2017 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a pen now being marketed on eBay that is described as follows:
The space-flown metal inlay embedded in your pen is from the Lunar module pulley clamp and the Command module heat shield bolt. The inlaid metal is guaranteed for life to be the original metal as produced by Meriden Rolling Mill in Meriden, Connecticut, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from History in your Hands.

Based on the above, it seems the inlay is the result of cutting down (or smelting) NASA Manned Flight Awareness Apollo 11 medallions.

At just $15, it is not unreasonable for what is being offered, and this is not the first product to try to repurpose the medallions, but for those not familiar, it seemed like a good idea to post a caveat.

rgarner
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posted 10-27-2017 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that many of the medallions come with trace amounts of metal to begin with, so by melting them down and repurposing them as pens you're looking at "possible traces," surely?

I understand the need to make a profit, you can't exist without one, but at this point I think it is bordering on the ridiculous.

spaced out
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posted 10-27-2017 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it could be marketed like homeopathy - the greater the dilution, the stronger the effect.

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