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Uncommon Uses for a Pen

April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword. If that is true, I must be very careful yielding my power. Not only do I have many, many pens, but I have the capacity to make pens, each mightier than a sword! So, we all know that pens write, but what else have pens been used for in history? What are some of the more interesting uses for pens?

Apollo Moon Landing

One of the most interesting uses for pen occurred during the Apollo 11 mission. Apollo 11 was the mission when man first landed on the moon. On July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr landed upon the surface of the moon. But during their mission, Buzz Aldrin accidentally broke the circuit breaker that was responsible for arming the main engine used to lift the capsule off of the moon. Without this switch, the two astronauts could be stranded. Fortunately, a pen came to the rescue. They used a felt-tipped pen to activate the switch, and the rest as they say, is history. A pen saved the day. Wonder if Buzz Aldrin still has that pen?


If you should find yourself choking and unable to breathe, a pen might save your life. Hollow pens, such as a common ballpoint, disposable pen, can often be used to save a patient's life. In the hands of a trained medical practitioner, a pen can be used as a temporary airway in these desperate situations. An incision is made in the patient's throat and the pen is inserted which then allows the patient to breath through the pen. This technique has been popularized on many TV show, but should only be performed by a trained professional. But, it is a very interesting use for a pen!

Listening and Spy Devices

If you are in clandestine situation and need a way to spy on someone, then - use a pen! Pens have been made to conceal all sorts of spying devices. James Bond would be proud! Pens can conceal small recording devices to record private conversations. They can be retrofitted to have small transmitters that broadcast conversations to other parties that listen and record. Very popular on TV shows! Pens can also hide small cameras where you can record video. Wow, pens have been used in many situations, that personally, I hope to never find myself.

USB Drives

Pens can be high-tech! There are pens that can act as a digital storage device. In fact, there are several pens that can be retrofitted to have the same capabilities as a USB / Flash drive. These little drives plug into your computer and allow you to store and retrieve files from your computer. A pen can not only write, but it can then transfer electronic words as well. Really useful!

The humble pen has been used to sign treaties, write novels, express one's love to another, start wars and usher in peace. Pens have also been used save lives, helps in space, move files and spy on your neighbors. The pen does truly appear to be mightier than the sword!

William D. Ake invites you to view his handcrafted pens at Mazurka Pens. Each handmade pen is a unique work of art that can be enjoyed for years. Sign up for his newsletter to receive updates on his latest creations at

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