This inkless pen lets you write forever
This inkless pen lets you write forever The Pininfarina Cambiano inkless pen stylishly combines wood, aluminum and a special metal alloy to allow the writer to sketch infinite lines. (Pininfarina/Lyn Lomasi/Flickr)
This inkless pen lets you write forever
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Some household items are constant reminders telling 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 because of an Italian design firm. The firm is Pininfarina. They are the creators of some of the world's most iconic car designs like Ferrari and Fiat. They debuted a writing tool that supposedly never has to be replaced. On the surface, it looks to be a vanity item. The firm has a previous model called the Limited Edition Visconti. It sells for $1,895. 

Buyers can purchase the new hand-crafted writing instrument that 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 and handwrite "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 a patented metallic alloy. It was developed by an Italian household manufacturer called Chic Trading. The company worked with Pininfarina on the project. It already showcases the technology in its original Napkin 4.EVER line of pens. 

"The process involved is based on the principle of oxidation," explains Davide Fabi, 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 that 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 and gradual and that users won't even notice. 

There are a number of outlets selling metal alloy-tipped pens. They seem to work similarly. One example is Jac Zagoory Designs pen called the Beta Inkless. It costs $27.95. 

How is the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano's different? Fabi says that these other pens can transfer toxic materials such as lead. Ethergraf pens don't contain graphite, lead. or 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."

As a bonus, the special edition Pininfarina pen comes with a notebook. It has paper made from powdered rock rather than wood. The pages have better integrity and they have water-resistance. 

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  • jonathanr-eis
    9/10/2019 - 02:58 p.m.

    The story is interesting because of how a limited pen is worth 1,895 dollars and how you can write with it forever. I did enjoy reading the story. I learned what we came from how pens never existed to pens that can write forever and how business is like.

  • amelias-eis
    9/11/2019 - 03:19 p.m.

    That seems really cool to be able to have a pen that lasts forever. I never knew that you could have or even make a pen that you could always write with, forever! I didn't even know that there were pens that didn't work without ink. Reading this article was super cool I loved learning about that pen, now I wish I could have one

  • kaelaw-eis
    9/11/2019 - 04:30 p.m.

    This was so cool I did not even know that this did exist in the world so thanks you for sharing that with us.

  • kaelaw-eis
    9/11/2019 - 04:36 p.m.

    This is so cool and usefully to use even thought it is too expensive for me to get.I think that it is worth the money because you can use that forever and ever because it lats for ever.

  • tavarionc-eis
    9/11/2019 - 04:40 p.m.

    The article to me is amazing that you do not ever have to replace the pen because it runs off of ink. I would like to get one but it is a lot of money. If I had that money myself I would be able to get one.

  • tylerb-eis
    9/11/2019 - 05:34 p.m.

    In my opinion the article was really good because it was detailed and interesting. I thought that it was really cool that you did not have to use ink for a pen. I enjoyed the book because it was interesting to see all the things that come with the pen, such as a notebook that has watered resistance and has paper made from power rock material instead of wood. I´ve learned that people have creative ideas.

  • sydneyw-eis
    9/11/2019 - 05:38 p.m.

    i think a aspect for that pen is that all the presidents could use it. then it would be a very special pen that the presidents use for important stuff.

  • chaser-eis
    9/11/2019 - 08:28 p.m.

    I think it is cool they maid a pen that lasts forever and you will never have to stop using it.

  • chaser-eis
    9/11/2019 - 08:32 p.m.

    But it is more like a pencil than a pen

  • aidens-eis
    9/12/2019 - 06:49 a.m.

    I thought that this article was so cool because a pen that writes to infinite just sounds fascinating. I learned from this article that nothing is impossible always believe that you could do something new every day.

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