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Question #90389 posted on 10/02/2017 4:39 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just got my favorite pen in the mail. It's awesome! It is a Style-Fit by Uni and is absolutely beautiful, with a shiny aluminum body and slots for three writing utensils (currently I am rocking a 0.38 purple ink, a 0.38 dark blue ink, and a 0.5 mechanical pencil).

Unfortunately, this is like the fourth time I have had to buy my favorite pen as previously they have all gone missing. I'm thinking it is time to invest in some personalization to increase the chances of my pen coming back to me should I ever leave it in some lab, office, or restaurant. Where could I go, here in Provo, to get my pen etched, engraved, lasered, or whatever with my name and number?

One Pen to Rule Them All

A:

Dear Mr. Underhill,

There are a lot of engraving places in Provo. As it turns out, missionary plaques are a lucrative venture. Specifically, I called Heritage Peak (which is actually not an assisted-living development) and they sounded promising. They couldn't give a quote without seeing the pen. But if the body is aluminum it shouldn't be too complicated. That being said, I think pretty much any engraving place in this area would be willing to work with you.

Alternatively, depending on the model, you can insert your own tag. I've done this for years on my favorite pens. If there is any part of the body that is clear and accessible you can write tiny and tape it on the inside facing out. Writing on a backwards sticky note works well.

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I think, from googling your Style-Fit, you may be able to do this on the two inches of clear plastic tip. It won't look as slick and will probably have to be pretty small so... eh. You get what you pay for.

I have recovered pens this way and it was honestly pretty embarrassing. The people who call are so nice but so confused as to why one would care so much about their pens. But if your pen looks expensive they are much less likely to judge you. Plus who knows? Maybe some attractive pen enthusiast will find it, be intrigued by your taste in stationery, and be totally smitten when you come to pick it up... or maybe they'll find it gives them unnatural long life, turns them invisible, and puts them in a really foul mood. Man, something about a good pen let me tell you.

Babalugats