45 years ago I had them but I had forgotten about the whole things.
The social networking apps that are really fronts for dating apps are a poor substitute for PPW.
Points, on the other hand, bear the brunt of the pen’s daily activity and are more likely to need replacement.
In any event the point’s date code is frequently hidden inside the section, and are much less useful for dating the pen.
The result is “mismatched” codes, about which I urge you to not be too concerned about.
An other thing to not get too concerned about is finding a pen has lost its code.
Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just how old the pen is.
These quarter marks were changed out for a simple Roman numeral count-down from III to nothing at all, ahead of the year marker, in 1988; this was either to mark the company’s centennial or to avoid a whole quarter of pens date-coded EE.
Both methods allowed for the same subtractive changes to the dies responsible for the impressions.
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