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  1. Yes; quite right. There's a full set of hallmarks on the barrel. Looks a bit like a nick with the naked eye. Clearly visible with a loupe (or better eyesight than I've got).
  2. They're currently out directly from Amazon. But they do re-stock so worth having a regular check. I ordered one a couple of months ago (at £30) and received an email canceling saying they were unavailable. Then they re-stocked, sold out and re-stocked (now out). Gary My caution was purely down to thinking that there might be a listing mix-up and they would send the chrome version - no doubts at all about authenticity. A great buy. Cheers.
  3. Mine arrived a few minutes ago. If you hadn't seemed to question its authenticity it wouldn't have occurred to me that it might not be genuine. I am happy to accept that this is 100% Cross and genuine. It looks and feels just like a sterling silver pen. I have other Cross pens and this new one fits with all of the characteristics. Some time ago I ordered (what should have been) a high-end Visconti pen from an Amazon marketplace seller. Their store was full of pens at around 1% of the going rate. I realized it was probably a scam but was interested to see what I got. I was initially surprised that I had confirmation of dispatch with tracking. When the package arrived, before opening it I knew it wasn't big enough to contain the limited edition Visconti in a collector box. They'd sent a couple of cheap ball point refills!. Of course Amazon gave me a refund and I assume the seller was banned (as their store disappeared). I've got a lot of pens and am happy that this Cross is 100%. It would be a decent price for the chrome version but for the silver one is a steal. Not too good to be true. A beautiful pen. I've seen fake Mont Blancs which are always really obvious knock-offs (even if you didn't have a real one to compare to). Fakers wouldn't/couldn't make a pen as convincing as this one and (I assume) they couldn't get into Amazon's supply chain. Enjoy your beautiful bargain! Cheers. Gary
  4. Cross Century II Sterling Silver Rollerball Pen with Silver Plated Appointment This pen is £30 at Amazon. In stock from 21st June. The detail says it's the Cross HN3004 which is £150+ everywhere else that sells it. Of course many people wouldn't dream of spending £30 on a pen (or £xxx on a watch) but for a solid sterling silver Cross it's a steal of a bargain. However, some of Amazon's detail is a bit contradictory - the colour name says gold/chrome; which isn't silver. I've ordered one and will return for a refund if it turns out not to be the HN3004 (which is definitely sterling silver). If you click on the "6 new" to look at other sellers, the cheapest is £149. To me this suggests it is the silver version. Cross pens do come in a host of different finishes for the same model so a listing mix-up isn't out of the question. You might think you've ordered a diamond encrusted bargain but are sent the reasonably priced plastic version. I have though bought a number of things from Amazon which have been silly-cheap. Please proceed with caution but worth a punt? Cheers Gary
  5. Hi, Looking at houses for sale in Falmouth, Cornwall (can't afford one) and thought "that picture looks familiar" and then remembered where I'd seen it.... https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62494314.html (image number 5/19) Cheers. Gary
  6. Certainly is oily. Currently £15 at Sainsbury's where stocked. One of the best/interesting affordable blends.
  7. I do like Black Bottle. Reminds me of tinned sardines (but not at all fishy?) Great "new" bottle design. I've had the old version which many reviewers say is better but the revamp does it for me. Not stocked everywhere. Sainsbury's has it in some branches. I do like Black Bottle. Reminds me of tinned sardines (but not at all fishy?) Great "new" bottle design. I've had the old version which many reviewers say is better but the revamp does it for me. Not stocked everywhere. Sainsbury's has it in some branches.
  8. Sovereign 18v cordless from Homebase looks good for £29. I have an oldish Sovereign strimmer which is identical to, and I'm convinced is a re-branded, Gtech. Had to replace my patio door double glazed panel last year when a stone flew up and smashed it during strimming. I've since only used my old pushalong thing.
  9. Great watch. ETA 7750? I have the O&W Ocean Master in orange on a Hirsch orange fibre strap. A few years ago I wrote to A&W asking if they had any old advertising brochures I could have/buy. Albert Wajs (himself) sent me a lovely bundle of unused leaflets. Gary
  10. The Belomo (waiting for this one) and Waltex are the standard handheld types (like in Steve D's picture above). The Bausch & Lomb is one you "hold" in your eye allowing both hands to hold the object being examined. I'd guess these may not be suitable if you're short-sighted. The over-specs ones may be more efficient.
  11. I'm waiting for a 10x Belomo triplet to arrive from Belarus. These get great reviews and seem to have some association with the much more expensive Zeiss. The Zeiss D40 (about £80) seems to be the benchmark. I paid around £20 from eBay. I use a chinese 20x Waltex No: 702 bought from Maplins years ago which is OK. I've got a Bausch & Lomb 81-41-70 10x jeweler's loupe which is good (if you can hold it in your eye). Other than going by reviews I'm never sure how good these sorts of things are as you need something to compare to (if that makes sense). Gary
  12. I had one of these. Bought from the gift shop at Drayton Manor Park. Went there on a 1975-ish school outing saw this in the gift shop but didn't have enough money. My classmates would've just nicked it but I didn't so just had to dream about it. Went there again with my parents who bought it for me. I remember the thick rubbery stuff on the sling-shot launcher. I used it once and it went into a neighbour's garden; never to be retrieved. I don't think the parachute deployed.
  13. Loved cap guns. Very distinctive smell when they banged. I only ever had cheaper ones where the roll of caps had to be manually advanced after each shot. Probably always wanted one of the fancier automatic types. I also remember little rocket/bomb things that you put a cap in the (spring) tip, threw in the air and the cap went off if the rocket landed on its point. I think nowadays toy guns have to have a coloured plastic bit at the end of the barrel so they can't look too much like real guns. Pound shops do a nice range of cheap toys probably including cap guns. I've been tempted by Pound Shop's £1 toy metal handcuffs but think my wife might get the wrong idea (or the right idea).
  14. I've got a nice Lorus Lumibrite which has Seiko's luminous paint all over the face. It is silly bright (with only short exposure).
  15. There's a nice book: Topps 60th Anniversary Collection Bazooka Joe and his Gang. It features a lot of these "comics", cartoons and the free gifts - including these space phones (described as walkie talkies in some gift versions). I wonder if many people personally saved 200+ of these in order to get a gift? Even in the USA it must've been a feat. A bit like the car you could get with some ridiculous amount of Green Shield stamps. I remember my local chewing gum machine gave a free pack with something like every fourth "turn". So exciting.... The nearby drinks machine which did cartons of milk and squash took 2p coins. These were/are the same(ish) size as the pre-decimal half penny which of course was a fraction of the value of the "new" 2p. So if you lived life on the edge you could get your drinks by using the old 1/2d coins. I of course never participated in these illegal activities. Gary
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