Since a couple of us discuss some of the little things we like from time to time I figured I should just make a thread. It will also help me keep track of these things when I want more info later. In response to stuff from over here. The story about the ruler, or rather the breaking of other ones, sounds familiar enough. Stupid people do stupid things, and it is sometimes worth the risk to preserve something from being destroyed for "fun" (or "art"...like the typewriter key cutting bastards). I found the space pen I currently use (CH4) in a big gravel covered parking lot type area about 6 or 7 years ago. It had obviously been run over a few times, but since it worked I used it. I had broken and lost a few other lesser space pens, so I figured I would use this one until the same happened to it. The chrome is wearing off, but it is otherwise doing great. I have been thinking of getting a B4 (or G4 even though I usually don't like gold colored things) for use when my other pens are a bit too rough looking. I am a bit picky, but not as bad as some out there, and a typical ballpoint or fountain pen just won't work for me based on when and where I am writing. A pencil probably would...My modified F-701 is fairly balanced, however the CH4 seems to be back heavy. Doesn't matter much to me since I don't do tricks with them. I like the feel of both. The knurling/grippy areas on both are pretty rough on the skin on the back of my ring finger when I hold them a certain way and write for a while. Perhaps if I had a decent pencil I would use one, I just haven't found one I liked. I usually just use them when I must, and use ink for everything else (mostly sharpies and space pens). Although the look of your pencil is nice it might be a bit too flashy for me. I would need to see it in person. Also, I don't trust plastic, especially older plastics, and I would feel terrible if I destroyed something old and nice. (If you needed to stab somebody to death could this pencil handle it? Yes, this is how I pick out writing tools now, since most cheap ones will bend or break with a little abuse, and I keep them in my front pants pockets.) I think I used a pencil like that one, but from a few decades later, when I visited my grandmother. If good quality lead is available at reasonable prices I might look into this more. I thought you weren't really into stuff of this sort from as late as the 30s other than for the higher quality than what we get now. Do you feel like sharing info about the typewriter you mentioned, or is it one we talked about before? After looking up info about the props used in Naked Lunch I started looking for another one for myself (can't afford it, don't need it), and decided I want 2 more. I had to stop before I looked around too much and got sucked into buying one.