The Pen that destroyed an AK-47, from Cross

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This Cross special-edition rollerball pen supports Fonderie 47’s efforts to help stop gun violence in war-torn regions of Africa by removing assault rifles from circulation. The design is inspired by the AK47 itself. Each pen features black PVD plating with 23KT gold-plated appointments, a moniker disk of transformed steel from an AK47 destroyed in Africa, and the unique serial number of a gun destroyed to create it. Your purchase funds the destruction of one more AK47. Carry, use, and display it as a symbol of hope and change.

In the last 20 years, ongoing wars on the African continent have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. This conflict has largely been enabled due to widespread availability of assault rifles. Cross has partnered with Fonderie 47 to help make a difference by reducing the supply of assault rifles in these war-struck areas.

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Fonderie 47 envision an Africa free from the fear of assault rifles. Today, millions of assault rifles plague Africa. Responsible for countless deaths, they enable and exacerbate violence against women and children, cause mis-allocation of resources and prevent economic growth. Global and local leadership must be fostered and inspired to address the presence and use of these weapons.

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While traveling on business in Africa, social entrepreneur and Fonderie 47 creator Peter Thum saw firsthand the effects of this war and witnessed a world where it was normal for children to carry guns. This inspired him to take action. His purpose: to get significant numbers of guns out of circulation in Africa and to engage influences around the world to join him. Many said it could not be done.

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In 2009, Peter founded Fonderie 47, a company dedicated to transforming AK47s into beautiful and exclusive luxury objects. To date, Fonderie 47 has helped to destroy over 50,000 assault rifles in Africa.

The first step to creating beautiful objects to fund the cause was to procure the AK47 guns. The Fonderie 47 team spent a year and a half in the Kivu province of Africa negotiating to take legal possession of confiscated assault weapons. After encountering barrier after barrier, their perseverance finally paid off.

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The next step was to find a local blacksmith to melt the AK47s down into smaller pieces. Once these guns had been destroyed the team carried the pieces back to New York in their luggage.

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Back in Brooklyn, they built a forge and had a local blacksmith reconstitute them. From there, a micro-foundry rolled the steel into sheets that could be transformed into signature Fonderie 47 pieces.

The craftsmen at Cross used this blackened AK47 gunmetal to create the fine detail work in the cap inset of the Peerless Fonderie pens.

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Features

  • For every pen purchased, one gun is taken off the streets of Africa
  • Pen body featuring unique design cues taken from an AK 47
  • Each pen is engraved with a unique serial number from an AK 47
  • Gunmetal PVD with 23 Ct gold plated appointments
  • Width: 0.52 inches / 13.2 mm, Length: 6.16 inches / 156 mm, Weight: 1.5 oz / 43 grams
  • Comes with a single black refill
  • Luxury Gift Box with a Fonderie 47 themed sleeve and authenticity card
  • Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee

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Limited Edition Fountain Pen Collaboration with Cross and Fonderie 47

The Pen Shop are proud to announce we have been chosen by fine writing instrument brand Cross, as one of the selected stockists of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition Fountain Pen.

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This collaboration between Cross and Peter Thum, founder of Fonderie 47, will present a highly covetable collector’s piece, of which only 47 of these writing instruments are being released world-wide.  After discovering many years ago, the devastating effects of assault rifles in Africa, Fonderie 47 have made it their mission to create a series of products to initiate change and alter the future of this destructive landscape.

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“In the last 20 years, ongoing wars on the African continent have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. This conflict has largely been enabled due to the widespread availability of assault weapons”.

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The purchase of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Fountain Pen presents a moral message, enabling “the destruction of 10 more assault weapons in Africa – weapons that will never again be used to take human lives”.

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The Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition features a disk of blackened steel from a melted down AK47 gun embedded in its cap and marked with the Fonderie 47 logo. Around each 18KT gold-filled barrel is a center band showcasing the unique serial number of the gun that has been taken out of circulation to make it.

The Pen Shop will offer a matched donation scheme for this Limited Edition Fountain Pen. If the purchaser wishes to make a further donation to the charity The Pen Shop will match it up to £500.

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May The Force Be With You…

Coming soon to a Pen Shop near you we are thrilled to announce the release of official Star Wars stationery from Cross. From luxury Limited Edition Fountain Pen and Rollerball pens to the more affordable Click and Jotzone ranges there is something to suit fans of all ages.

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Cross proudly presents the Townsend Star Wars Collection, commemorating the three most iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. These stately writing instruments are the epitome of luxury. Both the Fountain Pen and Rollerball are Limited Edition – only 1977 units made per character.

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Cross proudly presents the Click Star Wars Collection, commemorating the three most iconic characters from the original Star Wars film trilogy: C-3P0, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. The Click Star Wars gel retractable pens feature smooth gel ink and an easy to use click mechanism.

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The Star Wars Gift Set is themed with legendary characters, and includes a stylish Jot Zone journal with debossed character face and Star Wars Logo, plus a matching Cross Click gel ink pen. Then pen includes the same character’s emblem and other fine design details. This gift set is a sophisticated way to commemorate the classic saga films, and makes a wonderful gift for any Star Wars fan.

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View our available Cross pens here >

Win a Cross Special Edition Ball Pen – Worth £140

Here at The Pen Shop we are offering one lucky customer the chance to win a Cross Townsend Platinum Plated Special Edition Ball Pen worth £140. This Cross Townsend 20th Anniversary Special Edition Ball Pen features a brushed diamond cut pattern that imparts a unique texture to the elegant platinum plated finish.

Competition

Cross luxury writing instruments are renowned for their distinctive style and quality. With more than 160 years’ experience in design and manufacture, Cross lays strong claim to a leading role in defining, expanding and reinvigorating the way we look at writing instruments. While it has developed an increased focus on fashionable colours and stylish designs, fine craftsmanship coupled with pioneering design have long been the well-established hallmarks of the Cross brand.

Simply click on the below link to enter our competition on Facebook.

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Save up to 60% on Christmas Pen Sets

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Kingsley Chequer – clKingsleyassic twist-action Ball Pen and Fountain Pen with chequer engraving for easy grip.

  • Classic twist-action Ball Pen.
  • Chequer engraving for easy grip.
  • Kingsley engraved logo on cap and clip.
  • Ball Pen comes fitted with a black ink refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridgeSheaffer.

Sheaffer Prelude set revered for its high level of comfort. Its mid-size profile and smooth finish make it a favourite for those desiring an easy and pleasurable writing experience.

    • Ball Pen comes fitted with medium ball pen refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridge.
    • Sheaffer limited lifetime warranty.
    • Packaged in a luxury Sheaffer gift box.

Parker

Sonnet is one of Parker’s signature collections and is characterised by beautifully balanced, contemporary styled pens.

  • Stainless Steel with Gold Trim.
  • Ball Pen comes fitted with one ink refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridges.
  • Packaged in a luxury Parker Gift Box.
  • 2 years international warranty.

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Created with a keen appreciation for modernist design and lasting value, Century II offers a bolder look and wider girth than the original Classic Century.

  • Century II chrome with herringbone engraved pattern.
  • Fountain Pen stainless steel nib.
  • Ball Pen is fitted with a ball pen refill, Fountain Pen comes with blue ink cartridge.
  • Lifetime mechanical guarantee.
  • Premium Gift Box.

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Cross: Exclusive Sneak Peek of New Collections

Yesterday The Pen Shop was treated to a sneak peek of exciting new Cross products yet to be released. From the new Tech range to an exclusive limited edition gold 23 Karat heavy gold plate Fountain Pen and the launch of the new ‘Year of the Horse’ special editions there are plenty of new products from Cross to be excited about.

Collectors of Cross will be aware of the yearly Chinese Zodiac Series which has previously featured Dragons and Snakes. The latest addition to the series will be the ‘Year of the Horse’ collection which features a beautiful horse design that is deeply etched into several layers of hand-polished lacquer.

Year of the Horse Collection

This exquisitely hand-crafted pen features either a burning red finish that reflects the desire for success and good fortune, or a beautiful shimmering white finish that reflects the confidence and strength of character that defines everyone born under this auspicious sign. With deep cut engraving and 23 karat gold plated overlays, this animated instrument stampedes across the page illuminating each idea it transfers to paper.

Cross are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of one of their most celebrated writing instrument collections – the Cross Townsend. A new Special Edition collection is to be released featuring a brushed diamond cut pattern that imparts a unique texture to the elegant platinum plated finish. This platinum collection will feature a Ball Pen, Roller Ball and Fountain Pen and come displayed in Special Edition packaging.

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The new Cross Tech collections will feature a stylus that is compatible with most capacitive touch screen devices from iPads to Kindle’s. The Tech1 is a stylus only and comes with a handy attachment that will plug into your headphone socket. In comparison the Tech2 is the first 2-in-1 pen and stylus from Cross which has a sharp design and vibrant satin finishes. The Tech 3+ is a multi-tasker as with a simple, smooth twist, switch from black Ball Pen, to red Ball Pen to Pencil, this also features an attachable smart stylus.

Tech Collection

We also have some exclusive new Cross Christmas offers on the way, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.

Win a BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag

Celebrating Talent with Style

Cross announced as an Official Gift Supplier to the EE British Film Academy Awards in 2013

The Cross Townsend is the quintessential statement of style and confidence, an ideal addition to the BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag. Full of luxurious, coveted items including the Cross Townsend in Black Lacquer (ball point), Gift Bags are presented to this year’s wealth of talent at the prestigious EE British Academy Film Awards.

Exuding individuality and impeccable style, the Cross Townsend embodies classic elegance and finesse with Art Deco design. The Townsend delivers a lifetime of smooth, effortless writing and as such has attracted a number of high profile admirers, including President Obama himself!

To celebrate its association with BAFTA, Cross is giving away one BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag in association with The Pen Shop – simply enter online or visit your local store for your chance to enter*.

The EE British Academy Film Awards in 2013 take place on 10th February. BAFTA congratulates its nominees by giving them an exclusive goody bag full of coveted items on the ight of the awards. To get your hands on your very own Official BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag just answer the following question in no more than 10 words:

• On what date will the BAFTA Film Awards take place this year?
• Then complete the following tie break in no more than 20 words: I nominate myself to win the BAFTA Goody Bag because…

Please send your entry via post to Nicola Shepherd, Cross, Cross House, Unit 14 Windmill Trading Estate, Thistle Road, Luton, Beds LU1 3XJ or email to nshepherd@cross.com or drop in to your local Pen Shop.

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Cross has been designing exquisite pens for over 160 years. As with all Cross writing instruments, the Cross Townsend collection comes with a lifetime mechanical guarantee.

*Competition closes on 18th February 2013 (penshop.co.uk)

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For further Cross press information, images or samples, please contact Sylvia Palamoudian or Sarah Egerton at Cirkle on 01494 680727 or email us on sylvia.palamoudian@cirkle.com or sarah.egerton@cirkle.com

Notes to editors:

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The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2013 were announced on Wednesday 9 January – please visit website for further details: www.bafta.org/press

· The ceremony will take place on Sunday 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House.

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Cross Limited Edition Disney Fantasia Ball Pen

Fantasia

Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions, it is the third feature in the Disney animated features canon. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski; seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film’s Master of Ceremonies, who introduces each segment in live action interstitial scenes. Walt’s idea for Fantasia was that it be “music you hear, and pictures you see.”

In 1936, Walt Disney felt that the Disney studio’s star character Mickey Mouse needed a boost in popularity. He decided to feature the mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a deluxe cartoon short based on the poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and set to the orchestral piece by Paul Dukas that was inspired by the original tale. In this animated sequence, Mickey Mouse would star as the “everyday man.”

Walt Disney commented about Fantasia, “Fantasia’ is timeless. It may run ten, twenty, thirty years.””Fantasia’ is an idea in itself. I can never build another. I can improve. I can elaborate. That is all.”

We have a small number available of a new ball pen limited edition by Cross called the Disney Sauvage Fantasia. These hand polished black lacquer ball pens feature an intricate Fantasia pattern and are presented in exclusive keepsake box. Every pen is numbered, with only 1940 pieces made worldwide.

Features

  • Numbered limited edition
  • Only 1940 Pens Made Worldwide
  • Hand polished black lacquer finish
  • Special edition packaging
  • Supplied with black ball pen refill
  • Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee

 

There are only a limited number this pen available, please click here for more details.

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Create a Scene with Cross and the RSC

We are thrilled to announce another exciting writing competition to win an experience day with Cross and the RSC! If you are an aspiring playwright or a keen amateur writer then this competition is for you.

How To Enter
Playwright Tanika Gupta was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to write ‘The Empress’, a play which centres on Queen Victoria and her growing attachment to one of her Indian manservants in the royal household. Tanika has written the following line which must be incorporated into the first scene of your new play.

To enter the competition you should write a scene of no more than 500 words using the following line:

“Finally, you will pay for what you did to me…”

Grand Prize (1)
• An Experience Day with the RSC
• RSC’s Complete Works of William Shakespeare
• A limited edition RSC/Cross Ballpoint Pen
• Cross merchandise
• A pair of tickets to ‘The Empress’ by Tanika Gupta, in April 2013 at the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon

Runners Up (5)
• Tickets to The Empress in April 2013
• An RSC Notebook and a Cross Pen

To Submit Your Entry

Submissions are due by 30th November 2012

All submissions must be typed and double spaced and sent to either of the addresses below:

Email: nshepherd@cross.com

Post: Nicola Shepherd
Cross
Unit 14 Windmill Trading Estate
Thistle Road
Luton
Beds
LU1 3XJ

Terms and Conditions
1) Competition closes 30th November 2012. 2) Winners will be notified in writing by 20th December 2012. 3) Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4) Experience day must be taken by 31st December 2013. 5) The 500 words does NOT include stage directions or character names. 6) Full terms and conditions including judging criteria can be found at www.cross.com. 7) This is not a play commissioned by the RSC but is a piece purely for the competition.