Another day to celebrate stationery, hope you aren’t bored of these as there are more this year. 10th June 2016 is National Ballpoint Pen Day celebrated in the USA so let’s join in.
This special day commemorates the anniversary of an item that most of use everyday, the Biro brothers (Laszlo and Gyorgy) obtained the patent for their invention of the ballpoint pen in 1943.
Prior to 1943, anyone who wanted to write a letter or write a note on a piece of paper had to find a different source to use other than the ballpoint pen. Now the dominant writing instrument, the ballpoint pen was originally conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to the quill and fountain pens.
In earlier years, many attempts by inventors lead to failed patents as their try at inventing workable ballpoints, found pens that did not deliver the ink evenly and also had overflow and clogging issues.
The humble biro has evolved from the trusty BIC we used at school and you can now be specialist pens to use in space to write upside down or underwater.
Ask anybody they all have their own preferences even the non-stationery geeks.
We all differ in what makes our favourite pen at Write On It.
Gillian loves the Schneider range from Germany. They write smoothly, have a broad ballpoint nib at 1.4mm, the ink glides across the paper and they even come in purple ink (it’s a favourite).
Sara prefers the Tombow ballpoint range from Japan with the 0.7mm fine ballpoint. They are available in a range of different sizes but she prefers the shorter compact barrel pens, nice to hold and makes her hand writing look nicer.