LIGHT UP THE KNOWN UNIVERSE RED NEON GLOW LIGHTED PEN "Year 2000" on White Top It's the ..... Neatest Pen on the Planet Collector's Item ! Hmmm...... what exactly to say about this...... A surrealistic blue glow emanates from this gorgeous pen, almost making it look like a blacklight. If you've seen those glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets at summer concerts and fairs, this is very similar in appearance, except the pen is of course battery operated. This may be a very good, and at the same time totally unusual, gift idea for someone special, as these are the very same high-quality premium version sold in upscale chain stores (for a lot more money than here, naturally). Both men and women seem to like them....at one time I thought it would fall into the 'gadget' category and be vastly preferred by men buyers, but not so, as it turns out. One fun use is has obviously been at Rave parties. A pen can be dropped in a shirt pocket........it easily glows right throught fabric, giving off a 'radioactive' looking aura; first saw this at a waterfront restaurant in Marina del Rey, Ca. which was hosting a party for a renowned researcher -- both he and the waiters were having a field day with it. What's really killer about this pen, though (and I never suspected this until an eCRATER customer brought it up....duh) is that you can screw off the main barrel very quickly and voila ! you have a bright blue or red pocket FLASHLIGHT (see picture left). It's so bright to look at with the naked eye, it's almost like looking at a laser. Obvious, and entirely practical uses abound. Have one handy for use in a darkened boat, car or airplane cabin, or for that matter, anywhere constrained light levels exist. Those that jot down late night notes or record their dreams will be all set with this. In case you want this for a gift, it comes in a nice black case with transparent plastic top, including instruction sheet, all of which is inserted inside a protective shiny black cardboard sleeve. These are brand new and never used by the way. Plus, I make it a point to pretest all outgoing items before actual shipping to reduce the chances of snafus to near zero. Refills : Extras are available at the store link (click on picture below) Color: Black If you'd like extra AG10 batteries (each pen takes 3), they'll be lurking at this store link (click pix below) Powered by a single high intensity super-intense L.E.D. originally developed and patented in Japan (no one else had them originally). When they first debuted they retailed for anywhere from $17.00 to $ 24.00 depending on location and availability, and of course now the price has dropped considerably from that level. By the way, don't count on ever seeing a dead bulb: 10,000 hours is fairly standard on these, so be prepared to wait a very, very long time for that event. The on/off switch is built into the thumb clicker at the top, and the refill mechanically retracts by twisting the barrel. It sports a very eye-appealing and universally favored hard metal top. AG10 batteries ARE included by the way (it takes three). Black ink is standard. And do keep in mind these are the original premium version light pen, built like a tank and made to last. Inexpensive copies abound, but generally leave a little to be desired in either the bulb intensity department (that'd be....you guessed it....dept 'B') or in the look and feel of the barrel itself. Typically, hastily produced knockoffs will be made of easily dented thin metal. I know this well, as a friend gave me one to play with (he'd found it for 5.00 or so at a swap meet), and I fairly destroyed it the first time it was dropped. Ok then, not destroyed in the terminal sense, but it resulted in a most cool and strategically placed dent just beside the clip, and didn't seem to write very well after that (probably in protest). Nothing, but nothing, can prepare you for how stunning these pens look in a darkened room; you're in for a real surprise (the pictures I managed to get are pretty one-dimentional, even using a fairly good camera). I unintentionally sold several one evening recently just sitting at a coffehouse patio while working on my laptop (hey, wait a minute, I spend well over a grand a year in that place, guess now finally I'm getting some of it back). Scotland, Ireland and Australia are the biggest international destinations for these, not entirely sure why that is. Interesting applications: Police or other law enforcement work, for writing at night. Movie editors or script writers Darkened conference or multimedia rooms Pilots, for darkened aircraft cabins Boat or pleasure craft users BobBotRaves, parties, other events Halloween (orange pen is good for this) Waiters, waitresses, bartenders Security personnel Disc Jockeys, musicians Imprinted Company giveaways Make a wonderful purse light Eminently useful for D.J.'s Doctors, nurses, hospital workers (see testimonials below) Map reading in a darkened car PREVIOUS BUYER COMMENTS Ideas, comments and new uses from buyers worldwide OTHER LIGHT PENS A variety of different colors and designs lurk here Count on ...... SUPERSONIC, and on good days, LIGHTSPEED shipping. "Tell the truth-it was in the mail BEFORE I ordered, right!?!. I dont know how this is done but it arrived on Saturday." Silly-fast shipping !! I pressed the 'pay now' button, blinked, and this thing was in my mailbox. Wow !. You shipping through a Post Office wormhole or something? California to Florida in two days. Unreal. Usually orders make it outta Mission Control here either same or next day as receipt of payment (before about 3 p.m. PST makes it out that day). California residents expect to add sales tax at checkout for the gods of commerce here. If you're purchasing other items, will gladly combine shipping to save you XX dollars. Request an invoice and a reduced ship rate will be conjured up. Thanx for looking in !