I have been working for the past three years in Afghanistan as a military contractor. When I come home for vacation I turn a few of these slimline pens to take back with me. It is amazing how a small gift of a pen can smooth the way with folks. Our company utilizes an Afghan driver to get around Kabul and I gave him a pen and I think I am now his friend for life. He was using a plastic store bought cheapie pen in his daily planner and it only took him 2 seconds to ditch his and put in the pen I gave him. Those Afghans will give you the shirt off of their back if they think you are their friend.