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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2009 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Italian pen designer Omas has introduced "One Small Step", a white gold $49,000 (35,000 euro) fine writing instrument in honor of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

According to ThinkLUX (translated from Italian):

The body of the pen, made in white gold, is the Moon: a casting technique simulates the lunar surface by three-dimensional footprints of astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin. This particular texture requires a craft of many weeks of hard work for the workability of this material.

The clip is a micro-sculpture that shows the trajectory of the flight of Apollo 11: the Earth is represented by the blue seas and white clouds, illuminated by the Sun painted with topazes and diamonds. The shape of the head to pen draws the shapes and space technology of the '60s and '70s.

The limited edition "One Small Step" includes 21 fountain pens and 7 roller ball pens, in reference to the date of the historical achievement: 21 July 1969.

In addition to "One Small Step", Omas has also a second model pen in silver, Moon 1969, limited to 1969 pieces.


Photo credit: Omas

AstroAutos
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posted 06-27-2009 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why would anyone pay $49,000 for a pen?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2009 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why have others paid about the same (if not more) for astronaut-autographed and/or flown pieces? The answer is the same: they had the money, they felt it was worth it, and they desired the item for their collection.

AstroAutos
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posted 06-27-2009 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True, true.. You'd have to be extremely rich though to buy a pen at that price!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-27-2009 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll take two...!!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2009 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those without a spare $49,000, there are alternatives from other companies:

Leon Ford
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posted 06-27-2009 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a photo of the Moon rock that MUST come with this pen for $49K?

spaceflori
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posted 06-27-2009 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While Montblanc didn't have an Apollo related pen yet, they use to incorporate things like meteorites in their pens such as the Copernicus special edition.

Oh, and yes, there are pen collectors such as space collectors that are willing to pay that much for a special piece.

spaced out
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posted 06-28-2009 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many high-end pens are effectively items of jewelry and this is no exception. Many of the world's mega-rich wouldn't think of buying a fountain pen costing less than 5 figures.

That said, if had that kind of money to spend on pens I'd much rather have a few pens and pencils actually flown to the moon.

Mike Z
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posted 06-29-2009 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking of ordering one for every day in the week!

If I had that of money for a pen, first of all I would make sure my son would be set for life! Then I would buy all of the Apollo crew signed photos and a complete set of beta cloth patches, a set of all the models from Mercury to Aries 5, Soyuz and the Shenzhou all in 1/100 scale and signatures from Von Braun, Korolev and Astronauts like Elliott See, Clifton Williams, Charles Bassett, Theodore Freeman etc. It's nice to dream!!

ejectr
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posted 06-29-2009 05:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a bic made out of 100% plastic that I stepped on the other day and left a boot print on it. Yours for just $1,000,000.

No...? How about a bridge in Brooklyn?!

xlsteve
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posted 06-29-2009 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was going to pick up one of these, but then I remembered that I enjoy eating, and paying my mortgage.

Mr Meek
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posted 06-29-2009 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like it. I can't (nor would I) buy it, but it's a beautiful item. For a luxury space-related item to be both expensive and beautiful seems to be a rarity, so kudos to Omas for their design.

I'm assuming that the "date of the historical achievement" being July 21 has to do with Armstrong's step technically falling on the 21st according to UTC. Otherwise, that's one remarkable typo.

All times are CT (US)

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