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Topic: The Scribe
Message: Posted by: lunatik (May 5, 2007 06:50PM)
Today I received "The Scribe" from Bryn Reynolds. I have to say that this is by far one of if not THE best pocket writer on the market. It uses a real Fischer Space Pen cartridge that utilizes nitrogen at nearly 50 pounds per square inch, ink is continuously fed to the tungsten carbide ball, allowing the user to write at any angle, even upside down, or in zero-gravity. No more worries about it stopping to write, astronauts use these on all flights. Thanks for the great product Bryn!
Message: Posted by: churken (May 7, 2007 11:28AM)
I also received The SCRIBE. It is amazing. I can already see that this will replace my NW and Super Sharpie Mini. I have not used a boon type writer before, and am getting used to slipping it on and off. But, for the first time I am seriously considering pocket writing. And Bryn's suggestions in the instructions are great.

I understand that Bryn is currently out of The SCRIBE and don't know if he will be able to get more, but if he does sell them again in the future, I recommend them highly.

Paul
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 12, 2007 03:25PM)
Thanks much, guys!

I may make up some more shortly.


Bryn
Message: Posted by: gabelson (May 13, 2007 12:38AM)
Does the Scribe use a different cartridge than the Zip pen?
Message: Posted by: LegendaryEgos (May 13, 2007 02:26AM)
Where can we see this one?
Message: Posted by: LegendaryEgos (May 13, 2007 02:29AM)
http://www.mindmagic.myfoolmoon.com/photo.html

found it.

Marc
Message: Posted by: lunatik (May 13, 2007 09:14AM)
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On 2007-05-13 01:38, gabelson wrote:
Does the Scribe use a different cartridge than the Zip pen?
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yes gabe it does. the scribe uses the Fisher cartridge which astronaugts use. it's nitrogen filled so you can write upside down or at any angle without worrying about the ink not coming out.
Message: Posted by: gabelson (May 13, 2007 02:22PM)
Thanks, Lunatik. The Fisher cartridge is larger than a Zip, though. I guess this is a custom job?
Message: Posted by: MichaelSibbernsen (May 13, 2007 02:28PM)
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Does the Scribe use a different cartridge than the Zip pen?
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[quote]yes gabe it does. the scribe uses the Fisher cartridge[/quote]

No, the Scribe *does not* use a different cartridge. They both use (not coincidentally) the same Pressurized Fisher Space Pen cartridge.
Message: Posted by: gabelson (May 13, 2007 02:39PM)
Thanks, Michael. An actual Fisher pen is longer than the Zip pen, however. Is the Scribe longer than a Zip? (Just curious as I'm looking for just the right size to PW)
Message: Posted by: MichaelSibbernsen (May 13, 2007 02:45PM)
PM'd you.

For everyone else, The Scribe is certainly recommended for nothing more than the detailed instructions Bryn includes.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 13, 2007 02:55PM)
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On 2007-05-13 15:28, MichaelSibbernsen wrote:
[quote]
Does the Scribe use a different cartridge than the Zip pen?
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[quote]yes gabe it does. the scribe uses the Fisher cartridge[/quote]

No, the Scribe *does not* use a different cartridge. They both use (not coincidentally) the same Pressurized Fisher Space Pen cartridge.
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As per what MichaelSibbernsen wrote above, it is NOT a coincidence they both use the same cartridge as the SCRIBE actually IS a ZIp pen that is covered with a few layers of flesh-colored latex. Fischer makes several models of cartridges for various pens and they are great quality.

Here is a link to that previous thread from a couple yers ago:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=82369&forum=82

Thanks for the interst in my effects!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: lunatik (May 13, 2007 04:12PM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-13 15:28, MichaelSibbernsen wrote:
[quote]
Does the Scribe use a different cartridge than the Zip pen?
[/quote]

[quote]yes gabe it does. the scribe uses the Fisher cartridge[/quote]

No, the Scribe *does not* use a different cartridge. They both use (not coincidentally) the same Pressurized Fisher Space Pen cartridge.
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wrong assumption on my part as I had bought a couple of zip pens and no mention of the fisher cartridge was mentioned on the package. anyway of knowing the exact part# to replace the cartridge? I've looked online and they all seem super long for use with my scribe
Message: Posted by: MichaelSibbernsen (May 13, 2007 08:32PM)
Zip Pen has the refills available via mail-order at http://www.zippen.com/. The cost is $2.50 for 3 cartridges and [i]includes[/i] shipping.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 13, 2007 09:08PM)
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On 2007-05-13 21:32, MichaelSibbernsen wrote:
Zip Pen has the refills available via mail-order at http://www.zippen.com/. The cost is $2.50 for 3 cartridges and [i]includes[/i] shipping.
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Thanks, Michael! You answered a couple PMs I have had.
However, let me assure all of you, it will be LONG time before you need a refil if you are only doing one-word, or initial, etc., pocket writing with these. Regardless, the refills he mentions above are CHEAP! Thanks!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: gabelson (May 13, 2007 09:33PM)
Ok, now I'm totally confused. If Zip refills are suggested as above (FROM Zip pens), those are not Fisher pen cartridges. And as Lunatik mentioned, the Fisher cartridges all look too long. So who makes the original cartridge for the Scribe, Zip or Fisher, and if it's Fisher, how does one get a refill the right size?
Message: Posted by: MichaelSibbernsen (May 13, 2007 10:31PM)
Gabelson,

Fisher makes a few different Space Pen or Space Pen modular refills depending on the type of pen you have. The PR series for the traditional Fisher branded Space Pens, the "Space Ball" refill, to bring Fisher Space Pen technology to a variety of non Fisher pens, and the Zip Pen refill, made specifically for the Zip (and therefore the Scribe). You may be able to find the Fisher Zip Pen refill at some online sources, but would most likely be wisest to buy directly from zippen.com .
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 15, 2007 06:36AM)
Thanks for the info., Michael!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 16, 2007 08:45PM)
Good news for anyone interested in THE SCRIBE:

I secured some more of these and will be finishing them this week. I THOUGHT I ordered just enough to fill existing back orders before I said I wouldn't make anymore but I guess I ordered double the quantity. I will have about 10 left over.

I'm just going to make them up all at once in the next few days and if anyone wants one from here at the Café I'll sell them for $15 pp in USA. (Reg. $18 retail) I have about $3 in each Zip Pen, plus 15 minsutes work, plus packaging and USPS shipping..don't ya wish every dealer layed out their pricing sceme?....)

It takes a few days to apply the layers and to dry so they should ship at the start of next week.

Thanks again for the interest in my effects, guys!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: magicmonkeyphoto (May 20, 2007 05:20AM)
I used the zip when it first came out. I am one of those people that goes to office supply stores looking for mentalism tools each week when I have the time. (shh... don't tell the men in white coats)

This was before I started making the "Lincoln's Perfect Pocket Pencil" (LP3)

The reason I made the pencil, and still use that over a pen is that I sometimes ended up up with ink smeared on the "prediction" or on my hand/fingers. Also, I found that I got better at writing using the pencil due to the lead dragging against the paper more than the smoothness of the ink. It is a more tactile experience.

But, if you are stuck on wanting it to be ink, (and based on what others are saying about the included instructions) I would definitely recommend getting the scribe. Again, I haven't used it myself, but have used what Bryn said that it is based on.

I did play with the zip as a NW, and did not feel that it was very usable. Especially in close up situations. Just my opinion.

Lincoln
PS: I noticed on Bryn's site that he was in the army. I do want to point out that I have much respect for anyone that has risked their life to fight for our country. No matter what the political nature of the fight. The politicians pick the fights, the solders just do what they are told, and take all the risks.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 20, 2007 02:41PM)
Thanks, Lincoln, for the kind words! I certainly appreciate them.

Bryn
Message: Posted by: donkeys and waffles (May 21, 2007 03:48AM)
This just looks too big for me. I think the super sharpie is it, finish clean. I have done some effects and if I get burned up, they would see that. Funny story about the astronauts in the us. The pen cost like 200000 dollars to develop and practice time in space etc because conventional pens would lock up and they couldn't document things they needed to. The funny part was that the cosmonauts or Russians had the same issues with conventional pens so they started using pencils. HAHAHa True story.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 21, 2007 06:31PM)
Tht is a good story, Donkeys, and I, too, heard it is true. If NOT, it certainly SHOULD be as it makes sense!

The SCRIBE is a multi-tool type of gimmick, and those ordering it know EXACTLY what they are getting so they must, as I do, have some uses for it. I have sold many and am thankful it has found use with them. It certainly excells at pocket writing, and also offers the option of "in the open" applications as well.

Not every routine or gimmick is for everyone and that is a GOOD thing!

Thanks for the story,

Bryn
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (May 27, 2007 04:12PM)
Has anyone else had difficulty getting the Zip pen (or Scribe) to begin writing on index card stock? With the package I got, I would PW something, and it would come up blank; this happened with both pens in the package. I found that I had to always do some scribbles first to get the ink running smoothly on the cards, which is why I stopped using them. Did I just get a bad batch? I assumed that the Fischer cartridge was always ready to write, anytime, anywhere... is that true?

Seth

p.s. I got these from Office Max, not Bryn. I'm sure his always work! :)
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 27, 2007 05:46PM)
Hi Seth.

I have seen a few that right-out-of-the package will need a scribble or two to start, but that is rare. The nub of the SCRIBE becomes covered in the latex during the application process, of course, but a quick line gets rid of that and it always writes well. Most of the time they start writing right away.

I use mine often (if even for just taking a quick note, etc., without performing an effect) but there have been occasions it has sat for several days and still wrote perfectly. I certainly would try a test "scribble" with yours, though, before performing an effect for a real spectator. Perhaps you did get some bad ink....

Bryn
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (May 29, 2007 01:26PM)
Thanks, Bryn. I kinda figured I got an unusual batch or something, 'cause my Zip pens gave me nothing but trouble. Good to know that isn't normally the case. Perhaps a good use of your flesh-colored Scribe would be to pretend to write something with a normal pen, but instead secretly use the Scribe to put some test scribbles down...

Anyway, thanks again!

Seth
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 30, 2007 08:22AM)
That sounds like a good idea, Seth!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jun 7, 2007 07:43PM)
Seth: I have been thinking about a possible work-around with your stcok Zip...

When I make the SCRIBEs, after the latex application process, I have to ensure that the back opening is not clogged with the tan latex. I usually use a pin. It will inhibit the ink flow if it is blocked, as will any pen if it does not get enough air.

Make sure that no pocket lint or "crumbs" have gotten into that hole. If so, just blow them out or use a straight pin. As other above have said, they have had NO problems with this Fischer Space Cartridge or the SCRIBE at ALL. At least worth checking out...

Bryn
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Jun 7, 2007 09:20PM)
How much to ship one to Sydney Australia Bryn
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jun 8, 2007 06:49AM)
$3 additional...I'll cover any overages.
Thanks for the interest.

Bryn
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Jun 8, 2007 05:56PM)
Too good to refuse! thanks
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jun 9, 2007 08:22AM)
It is!

Thanks!

Bryn