SOLD OUTAt 02:51 on July 21st 1969, Neil Armstrong began his decent down the ladder towards the surface of the moon. Years of preparation by NASA scientists, test pilots, and numerous other astronauts culminated in one of the greatest moments ever, as the words “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." crackled over the radio and down to the millions watching or listening to man’s first steps on the moon. Armstrong spent over 2 hours on the surface of the moon collecting samples and taking observations before returning to the lunar module in preparation to link up with Columbia in lunar orbit. With the successful landing of the lunar module and first men walking on the moon, the Space Race was effectively over; the United States coming out the clear winner by fulfilling the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
It’s been fifty years since that historic mission to the moon, and technology and scientific discovery has changed the world. But we are still in awe of the Apollo 11 mission and the men that were on board the Saturn V rocket that launch on July 16th 1969. Fifty years later, we’re paying homage to that mission with a new product launch and special release commemorating the Apollo 11 mission. We’ve never shied away from our love of all things space themed. A year ago, we released the Reaktor Line that specifically drew elements from the Space Race and how it shaped a nation. For the Apollo 11 commemorative special editions, we’ve curated three separate products all in a matte dark blue anodize with tumbled brass accessories. The colors have been drawn directly from the Apollo 11 mission patch with its dark blue stitching throughout while the brass comes from the outer border stitched in gold thread.
This set includes the Apollo 11 Starliner XL fountain pen and Apollo 11 Command Module pen holder. Each has been heavy tumbled before a matte dark anodize has been applied to them. The Starliner XL has a hard tumbled brass grip section that adds a nice weight to the grip and the tumbling provides more grip when writing. The Command Module has tumbled brass feet that support the pen holder. The color combination of blue and brass pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission patch. Included with this release is a custom vinyl sticker sheet with artwork designed by our designer Gee. The Apollo 11 Starliner XL includes a Bock 076 nib in polished steel in sizes EF, F, M, B, 1.1 or 1.5 (some tip sizes may have low stock quantities and go out of stock during this release). Nib upgrades to titanium or 14k gold are available at an additional charge. The pen ships with a Schmidt K5 converter and two black Monteverde international cartridges. The Apollo 11 Starliner XL ships in a clear plastic telescoping tube to ensure the pen is not damaged.