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Ralph
05-14-2011, 09:16 AM
I came across a neat little gadget from Amazon. The TelePen, small enough to fit into an Altoids tin survival kit, is a telescopic black ink ball-point pen that is about as light and compact as you can get. It's also inexpensive at about $2 and comes with 3 refills (you can cut down standard refills if you can't find these). It's very slim so I doubt I would transcribe "War & Peace" with it, but for tossing into a survival kit with a couple of sheets of waterproof paper to leave notes etc. it's just the thing. There are other small pens, but most are quite expensive.

It's designed to ride on a key-ring and a small one is included. I originally was going to replace the ring with a bit of cord but after I got it realized that it took a substantial yank to pull the cap off so the ring is useful. I guess the designer was concerned about not having the pen come loose - well, it won't.