Just as sergeants run the army, the First Mate really does all the humdrum aboard. That of course means signing for shipments, writing up the watch list and etc.. Many of the forms in this modern world, that need initialing or signatures, unfortunately, are weird carbon or NCR forms, for which you need a ballpoint pen. On the other hand, there are certainly many occasions where the First Mate might want to show more flourish. To that end, John E. Hand & Co. developed this fabulous double-pen. The business end is a ballpoint, for the mundane. Take the cap off, and a fountain pen reveals itself..! Equipped with a genuine Schmidt iridium nib, for smooth and graceful writing. This unique and beautiful writing instrument is made in Germany of Sterling Silver (.925) with a navy blue lacquer barrel. There's plenty of room left for engraving (6 x 60mm), if you choose to give this to your Nr. One, who probably really deserves it. Fine enough for yourself, for that matter. Comes complete with spare cartridges, presentation box.