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Can The 10000 Word Pen Really Write That Much? Merry Christmas!



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Hello everyone!

 

I have recently fallen in love with the Parker-Eversharp 10,000 Word Pen, which I think is so odd-looking it's beautiful -- it's like the Edsel of pens! At any rate, I wondered if the claim was true, and how to test it. I obtained some original cartridges, and then was so excited at the fact that I could buy some of the original Quink with Solv-X. The chemist in me is still fascinated by what Solv-X could actually be. I have one pen that came to me with cartridge attached and still with fluid, useable ink. It's just incredible to me that a product like ink could last so many decades, and still be useful and beautiful. "Does not dry in the pen" indeed -- one claim proved true from the outset! Anyone else with "historic ink" they like to use?

 

Given this festive time of year, and the ability to count words quickly with a computer program, I selected 10,000 words of Dickens's _A Christmas Carol_ (all of Stave One, a little of Stave Three, and all of Stave Five) and decided to write a "love letter to Christmas," as it were.

 

The pen was ready, the Quink took some filtering and dilution (with discovery of an incredibly pretty crystal! Solv-X? or just pigment?), and I set aside paper and time. Several beautiful nights teary-eyed at the beauty of Dickens's writing later, I had written 10,000 words with the namesake pen, and I still had more than 1/4 cartridge of ink left. Photos provided to prove all this, naturally-- I'm certain my micrographic printing helped, but also I think Dickens's writing has a disproportionate number of Very Long Words, so perhaps that balanced toward the other side of actual writing line length. (Pages are written double-sided)

 

Merry Christmas to all, and God Bless Us, Every One!

 

Matt

 

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That's incredible! And the crystal is gorgeous. I wonder what it's made of. Maybe you can take it to your lab and find out haha.

 

 

Thanks! It is so pretty...I figured I could possibly dissolve some of it but didn't want to ruin it. Maybe someone would put it in an x-ray diffractometer for me!

 

Thanks everyone for your encouragement!

 

Matt

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Very cool test and great dedication on your part! Ready for a second challenge? :) The Fisher Infinium Space Pen "writes three times longer than an ordinary ball point pen. This Infinium Space Pen will write so long in fact, that the average user won't run out of ink in their lifetime"

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"It's funny; in this era of email and voice mail and all those things that I did not even grow up with, a plain old paper letter takes on amazing intimacy."  Elizabeth Kostova

 

 

 

 

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Very cool test and great dedication on your part! Ready for a second challenge? :) The Fisher Infinium Space Pen "writes three times longer than an ordinary ball point pen. This Infinium Space Pen will write so long in fact, that the average user won't run out of ink in their lifetime"

 

 

Haha, i'll get right on that, Dave -- let you know when I'm done! :lol:

 

 

that's a fun test. 10k words is impressive as hell for an ink cartridge.

 

 

No kidding! And not even the whole cartridge! I would be it has another 4-5k left in it still. I had thought about just continuing to see how much more I could get out of it, but my hand has been getting tired!

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