Guess How Much this Pen Cost

It's very precise
It's very precise

What you see here is a genuine carbon-fiber pen with AMG logo on the cap. It’s actually a clever piece of engineering, as the only logo-specific part is the outer trim on the cap. That makes it easy to fabricate versions for whatever company wants to be associated with light, stiff materials. Ironically, it’s actually quite heavy. Updated!
The pen has a nice balance to it, but to be honest the ink delivery can be hit-or-miss. The best part comes from the haptics of the cap. It engages either end with a satisfying click-clack normally reserved for firearms. Don’t go checking eBay, because you’re unlikely to find it.
Obviously, there’s more to this than meets the eye, but you’ll have to check in later to figure out what. No giveaway this time, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you’re superior to others if you figure it out. Also: no telling if you already know.
Update: Answer’s posted!

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  1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    Hey… I have one of those!

  2. Maymar Avatar

    You got it for free, but it's worth $55?

  3. Ash78 Avatar

    If it’s going to be used as a visual aid in a high-school German class, wherein you ask the student to say the three letters on the pen (auf Deutsch) while grasping the pen inside a clench fist, then I’m going to have to go with “priceless.”

  4. PowerTryp Avatar

    My non-educated guess would put it at about $125.00

  5. scroggzilla Avatar

    Entirely too much.

  6. skitter Avatar

    Did it cost whatever .357 paid for his car?

  7. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    According to the "The Spring 2009 Mercedes Benz Lifestyle Collection" catalog, the non-AMG carbon fiber pen lists for $25

  8. Alff Avatar

    The pen is free but the car it comes with costs $98K.
    One of these days, when I have a little more time, I'll share the details of my recent 21 hour KC to NYC to KC roadtrip to pick up an AMG CLS. It's a fun story, with a surprise ending.

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Are we an Aristocrat employee?

      1. Alff Avatar

        No. We have a friend who recently joined the aristocracy.

        1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

          Neat! So you get to look at and play with his expensive stuff?

  9. CptSevere Avatar

    Whatever it costs, it won't outlast a Bic. Cheap pens, like cheap sunglasses, seem to last forever. Never get lost, stolen, or destroyed. If I have a Cross pen or any sunglasses worth over fifteen bucks, I lose or break them almost immediately. Buy a pair of ugly, cheap, industrial safety sunglasses from the feed store and they last forever. Same with the cheapest of Bic pens. Can't get rid of them.

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      The pen I seem to have held onto the longest, is one that I "inherited" from someone, somewhere, with probably the most damage done to the end of a pen by someone's mouth. It's gross, but for whatever reason, it's the only pen that sticks around.

    2. Van Sarockin Avatar
      Van Sarockin

      Brother! Truer words have never been said. It's like I couldn't wait to give those expensive sunglasses away.

  10. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    If you have to ask….

  11. engineerd Avatar

    During the space race, the US and Soviet space programs both needed a way to write in 0g. Your typical ballpoint pen does not work well at 0g since it relies on gravity to keep the tip inked. So, NASA launched a program to design a pen that would work in 0g costing the tax payers tens of thousands of dollars. What did the Soviets do? They used a pencil.
    I think a similar story precedes this pen. AMG wanted a pen that conveyed the superbly crafted supercars that leave the AMG factory. So, they invested tens of thousands of euros on a carbon fiber pen with their logo on it. GM, not one to be outdone, will be handing out PaperMate pens with "Corvette Z06" written on masking tape. American competitive ingenuity hasn't died, it's just gotten cheaper.