[SOURCE: National Industries for the Blind | By Sisi Wei]
The U.S. government has specifications for its pens used by personnel: The pen consists of seven different parts and meets 16 pages of military specs, including that it be able to write for a mile with no fading and withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees and down to 40 degrees below zero.
“It has been used in war zones and gas stations, and was designed to fit undetected into U.S. military uniforms. According to company lore, the pen can stand in for a two-inch fuse and comes in handy during emergency tracheotomies.”
Read the whole article on The Washington Post and I bet you’ll be searching eBay when you’re done. I did.
Note: The true quality of these pens may be up for debate with the consensus divided. A few comments from the post on Reddit:
“As a current member of the U.S. Army, I can assure you these pens are absolutely terrible.” - the_rofl_waffle
“I hate to break up the hate parade, but I love these pens. I don’t know what everyone is doing wrong, but they have always worked for me. Even after spending a week trudging through Ft. Lewis mud with the damn thing stuck in my sleeve they still write. To me, they have always been invincible. In fact, I regularly use one that I’ve had for over 3 years.” - I_am_not_smart
Oh and if you are interested in a tactical pen, check out Bryan’s post on the subject.
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