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#1 ncpenfan

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:11

The CNN website has a piece on Trump using a cross century II felt tip as the official pen for bill signing.

Thought everyone would fine this fun and at least not contoversial of our 45th president.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 14:11

Cross has been the president's pen of choice, hasn't it?

 

Given that it's an American brand and all. I know President Obama used a Cross Townsend, and so did George W. Bush and Bill Clinton (link: https://www.marketpl...ses-sign-bills)

 

 

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 14:32

I would be shocked if the president made the decision about which pen to use for signing bills and other official documents. These official signing pens are given away so they can't be too expensive. My bet is the president has a more permanent (and nicer) pen sitting at his desk for everything that isn't signing things into law.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 15:52

Ha ha ha...aren't those pens made in China?



#5 LuckyKate

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 18:30

Ha ha ha...aren't those pens made in China?

:lticaptd: Where's the emoticon for dying of laughter?


Edited by LuckyKate, 27 January 2017 - 18:31.


#6 Bill

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 20:50

Saw that article this morning, then chased presidential pens links for too long ;-)

 

Apparently Cross has been the official provider Oval Office pens for at least four straight presidents.  The article mentions the price to the supplier (about half of retail) but not what the government pays for them.

 

The DC area is a target rich environment for fountain pen fans.  When in Fahrney's shopping for some exotic ink, I would keep an eye out for congresspersons or other well knowns stocking up on 149s and such.  Not so much in the other area stores.  However, I must insert a cheap plug for the fantastic Bertram's Inkwell!

 

Was Kennedy the last president to use a fountain pen for signing bills?



#7 Calamus plasticus

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 21:19

Cross moved its production to the Czech Republic years ago...
"Buy american and hire american..." :-D

Edited by Calamus plasticus, 27 January 2017 - 21:19.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 21:22

:lticaptd: Where's the emoticon for dying of laughter?

 

I think you found it....  ;) 

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ETA:  On a more serious note, I really can't see a head of state using a felt tip marker to sign important documents.  A ballpoint or rollerball, maybe.  But a felt tip?  Yeesh....


Edited by inkstainedruth, 27 January 2017 - 21:24.

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#9 dan in montreal

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 21:23

Ha ha ha...aren't those pens made in China?

Nice one!



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 21:32

I wonder if there is something produced entirely in one single country these days...



#11 Astron

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 22:35

Rare objects maybe. These day you can read "assembled in" more often than "made in". First means the parts were made all over the world - mostly china, i guess - and then assembled in the homeland. But chinese scrap will still be chinese scrap. I've heard stories of exotic alloy scrap sold as steel machine parts...


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 13:00

Ha ha ha...aren't those pens made in China?

 

No.

 

"Most Cross writing instruments are made in China, although some of the work for customized pens for presidents and politicians is done in New England."

 

https://en.wikipedia...ProJo20161222-1


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 13:10

Assembled in U.S.A. :rolleyes:


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 18:14

Ha ha ha...aren't those pens made in China?

 

Yep, just like those hats.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 18:24

It's perfectly apt that he takes 20 seconds to do his signature, no matter how you feel otherwise...



#16 dan in montreal

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 18:43

 

No.

 

"Most Cross writing instruments are made in China, although some of the work for customized pens for presidents and politicians is done in New England."

 

https://en.wikipedia...ProJo20161222-1

The article states "some of the work", which means a portion of the parts are indeed manufactured in China by Cross.  I for one have not seen a recent Cross product that is not made in China, including their inks.

 

I wonder if there is something produced entirely in one single country these days...

I wonder. Not much I suspect.



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 00:51

I wonder if there is something produced entirely in one single country these days...


Caran d'Ache pens are 100% Swiss made.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 00:53

No.
 
"Most Cross writing instruments are made in China, although some of the work for customized pens for presidents and politicians is done in New England."
 
https://en.wikipedia...ProJo20161222-1


The reason is the Presidential Seal requires special handling. The Seal engraving or printing would be done in the USA. I know this from personal experience.

#19 JulioPB

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 20:48

Is it true the Platinum propaganda that Clinton used the President model as a daily pan, and that is why the name of the pen?

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:58

Is it true the Platinum propaganda that Clinton used the President model as a daily pan, and that is why the name of the pen?
Julio MX

I visited both the Platinum USA and Japan websites and don't see this claim being made on the pages describing the President models. Where is Platinum making this claim?






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