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U.N.C.L.E. Communicators - When secret agents on the spy spoof THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1964-68 needed to communicate with U.N.C.L.E. headquarters they used miniature devices disguised in the casing of cigarette holders and fountain pens.

Their leather cigarette-case radio communicator concealed a small reel-to-reel tape recorder and a chrome silver cigarette lighter acted as the antenna (another version contained a .32 caliber pistol).

Later a fountain pen communicator replaced the cigarette-case communicators. It featured a two-tone/high-low alarm and was made from aluminum tubing with a microphone grill on one end and a tiny antenna on the other.

To operate the pen, an agent simply pulled the cap off the pen, stuck it on the other end, twisted the stem to reveal the antenna and then communicated by saying "Open Channel D."

On occasion, the pens did double duty a magnet in "The Concrete Overcoat Affair;" as a bomb detector in "The Test Tube Killer Affair;" as a knock out gas delivery system in "The Bat Cave Affair" and as a container for amnesia pills in "The Nowhere Affair."

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