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What Would You Elect To Have Engraved On Your (Or A) Pen?

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Poll: What would you choose to engrave on a pen? (30 member(s) have cast votes)

What would you get engraved on a pen, and why?

  1. Absolutely nothing! It's pointless / tasteless / uncouth. The very thought of it offends my sensibilities, irrespective of the price of the pen, and whether I intend for it to be resold one day. (7 votes [18.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.42%

  2. Nothing. I wouldn't want to jeopardise the resale value of the pen, regardless of whether I might enjoy the idea of having or using a visibly personalised pen while I own it. (5 votes [13.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

  3. My name, of course, and nothing else. It's my pen, and I want everyone to know that at a glance. (5 votes [13.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

  4. My initials only, without disclosing my name to every stranger nearby when I write with that pen. Maybe someday it will end up in the hands of another person who shares the same initials. (5 votes [13.16%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

  5. Something to commemorate an achievement, event or occasion that is of personal significance. (4 votes [10.53%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.53%

  6. The name of my business, or an organisation to which I openly belong, or an event that I or it organised. Why let an opportunity for marketing or self-promotion slip? (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. The name of the recipient, because the pen will be a personalised gift to someone else, and not for my own use. (2 votes [5.26%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

  8. Only something graphic such as a logo, seal, my autograph, or at least a monogram. No plain text for me, thanks. (1 votes [2.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  9. Nothing personally identifiable per se, but a motto to live by, or a proverb that bears remembering, a quote I find inspiring, et cetera. I want to see it every time I look at the pen or use it. (1 votes [2.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  10. "So Say We All" or some such with (quasi-)religious connotation, or that alludes to scripture. Writing with a pen is meditation in motion, or akin to spinning a prayer wheel for me. (1 votes [2.63%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  11. Some mathematical equation or formula that speaks to my intellectual pursuits. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. Something more unintelligible than the above to the average person. I like to talk in riddles and/or speak in tongues. (3 votes [7.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.89%

  13. Something else not listed above. (Oh, do share!) (4 votes [10.53%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.53%

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#21 A Smug Dill

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:25

... or insane nonsequitor like "I sometimes tape my thumbs to my hands to see what it would be like to be a dinosaur."

How about, "My hovercraft is full of eels"?

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#22 Honeybadgers

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:45

How about, "My hovercraft is full of eels"?


Excellent choice as well.

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#23 inkstainedruth

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 15:50

I have Sandy ~ Writer engraved on one, and then I wrote a book.

 

I have Sandy ~ poet engraved on another, and I wrote a ton of poems. 

 

Not all my pens are engraved (not all of them are engravable), but engravings can be inspiring. It comes down to choice. 

 

You wrote a book?  Cool!

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#24 Kelly G

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:00

Toward the end of my first career, when I moved on from a position I held for 14 years, my boss presented me with a Y-O-L Grand Barley with my initials engraved on the cap.  It is meaningful to me but I'm not sure about whoever ends up with it next, unless one of my kids or grandkids keeps it.


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:09

"No touchy!"



#26 pajaro

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:24

"En boca cerrada no entran moscas."

 

"Un cocodrilo en cada pie."


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#27 PAKMAN

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 06:23

I got a YOL Grand Victorian for my retirement after 34 years with the same company. Had my initials put in the cartouche area of the cap. My daughter has asked for this pen when I pass from this life, I know it will mean something to her, future generations meh who cares! 


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#28 pajaro

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 19:26

I got a YOL Grand Victorian for my retirement after 34 years with the same company. Had my initials put in the cartouche area of the cap. My daughter has asked for this pen when I pass from this life, I know it will mean something to her, future generations meh who cares! 

 

For the sentimental value it will have for your daughter it is priceless.  Perhaps her children will think of her through that pen.


"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

They took the blue from the skies and the pretty girls' eyes and a touch of Old Glory too . . .


#29 Honeybadgers

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:46

I like how conid can engrave a spot that isn't visible to the layperson, like under the clip.

 

I have my mother's waterman Phileas. It's the pen I plan on taking my MCAT with. I don't need to have it engraved to know it and its story, nor would I to pass the pen's story along through life, but that's just me.


Edited by Honeybadgers, 08 November 2018 - 07:46.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:51

I bought a Parker 45 Flighter at a charity shop. It had the name of a doctor on it. I googled him and found his obituary. I then had my name and the year I acquired the pen engraved on it. It feels to me like this pen has a part of a story etched on it. Like tattoos!

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:13

 Like tattoos!

 

Exactly.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 13:35

While I normally wouldn't go for engraving, it might be fun to have one pen that had "mightier than any sword" on it.


It's hard work to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.


#33 pajaro

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 21:15

While I normally wouldn't go for engraving, it might be fun to have one pen that had "mightier than any sword" on it.

That is a really great idea.


"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
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#34 praxim

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 22:43

"It's a fountain pen"


Edited by praxim, 08 November 2018 - 22:44.

When you receive new information you can change your mind, or you can close it; or you can try shooting the messenger.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 22:50

"Buy your own"

 

"I'm a screw cap, dummy"

 

"Return me, or forever be cursed."

 

"My other pen is a Montblanc"



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 23:53

"This end up"

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 01:17

I have and value a Parker Vacumatic which was my grandfather's and has his initials. My mother remembers her mother using it when she was young. I also have and value my father's Sheaffer's Snorkel with his full name on it. It recently failed to fill, after a restoration about 20 years ago, so it will need some work soon. The Vacumatic was restored at the same time by the same person and it is going strong.





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