This inkless pen lets you write forever
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Some household items are constant reminders. They tell us that nothing lasts forever. Items like dulled razor blades. Ink cartridges that end up costing more than the printer itself. And even items such as pens.
That notion may have to be revised. Why? Because of an Italian design firm. The firm is Pininfarina. They are the creators of some of the world's most iconic car designs. They work for companies like Ferrari and Fiat. They debuted a writing tool. It supposedly never has to be replaced. It looks to be a vanity item. That's on the surface. The firm has a previous model. It's called the Limited Edition Visconti. It sells for $1,895.
Buyers can purchase the new hand-crafted writing instrument. It costs about $120. It has an elegant aluminum and wood exterior. It's called the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano. Its biggest selling point is an innovative writing tip. It allows users to sketch. It allows them to handwrite. It allows this "indefinitely."
What's the idea of "indefinitely"? In this case it means the pen doesn't use ink. So, there aren't any cartridges to refill. The special material Pininfarina uses is something called ethergraf. It is patented. It is a metallic alloy. It was developed by an Italian household manufacturer. It is Chic Trading. The company worked with Pininfarina on the project. It already showcases the technology. It is in its original Napkin 4.EVER line of pens.
"The process involved is based on the principle of oxidation," explains Davide Fabi. He is head of special projects at the Napkin division. "The writing tip oxidizes the paper. A trait that only casually resembles that of a pencil."
You can think of oxidization as the same process that turns newspapers yellow over time.
There is contact between the pen and paper. It alters the writing surface. But it does not change the tool. So the claim that the pen can be used to draw infinite lines is somewhat similar to how a touchscreen stylus works. The tip does wear out over time. But Fabi says that the effect is small. He says it is gradual. He says that users won't even notice.
There are a number of outlets. They are selling metal alloy-tipped pens. They seem to work similarly. One example is Jac Zagoory Designs. It lists a pen called the Beta Inkless. It costs $27.95.
What about how the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano's is different? Fabi says that these other pens can transfer toxic materials. One material is lead. Ethergraf pens don't contain graphite. They don't contain lead. And they don't have anything known to be hazardous.
"Ethergraf is an alloy obtained from different metals that are safe," he points out. "The continuous research of our R&D brings our company to achieve rapid developments and improvements in this regard."
There's a bonus. There is a special edition Pininfarina pen. It comes with a notebook. It has paper. It is made from powdered rock rather than wood. The pages have better integrity. They have water-resistance.