After 125 years of making the world's finest maritime instruments, John E. Hand & Sons knows a thing or two about sea captains. While they're a careful and deliberate lot, they're also not without a sense of personal style. Thus, the new John E. Hand Ship's Manifest fountain pen and mechanical pencil. Beautiful, heavy and classically styled and made in Germany. Wrought in Sterling Silver (.925) with navy blue lacquer barrels. Their sleek, torpedo shapes fit snugly into blouse pockets, with nothing extraneous to hang 'em up. The fountain pen has an ultra-smooth, medium, gold with iridium nib, and may be "pumped" or used with a regular ink cartridge. The pencil, a joy to use, just twist the silver clockwise a notch and the lead extends. These are both large and heavy writing instruments, for bold signatures. There's plenty of room left for engraving (6 x 60mm), if you choose. Few things in life provide similar pleasure as fine writing tools. You probably owe it to yourself, eh? Comes in an exquisite piano-finish Wooden Jewel box.