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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Certain household items are constant reminders that nothing lasts forever. Examples include dulled razor blades, ink cartridges that end up costing way more than the printer itself and, of course, pens.

But, that notion may have to be revised a bit thanks to Italian design firm Pininfarina. They are the creators of some of the world's most iconic car designs for companies 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 for the status conscious. One of the firm's previous models is the Limited Edition Visconti. It sells for $1,895. However, for a much more reasonable price point of about $120, buyers can purchase a different hand-crafted writing instrument. It has an elegent aluminium and wood exterior. The 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano's biggest selling point is an innovative writing tip that allows users to sketch or handwrite "indefinitely."

The notion of "indefinitely" in this case simply means that since the pen technically doesn't use ink. There aren't any cartridges to refill. Instead, the special material Pininfarina uses is something called ethergraf. It is a patented metallic alloy developed by Italian household manufacturer Chic Trading. The company collaborated 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. Contact between the pen and paper alters the writing surface, but not the tool. In that sense, 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 assures that the effect is so microscopic and gradual that users won't even notice. 

Curiously, there are a number of outlets hawking metal alloy-tipped pens that seem to work similarly. Jac Zagoory Designs, for instance, lists a pen called the Beta Inkless for $27.95. But when pressed about the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano's distinction, Fabi insists that while 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 with paper made from powdered rock rather than wood. The pages have better integrity and water-resistance. 

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COMMENTS (26)
  • ivyd-rit
    8/27/2019 - 05:39 p.m.

    This is actually a smart invention because it lasts for ever but it wares out but according to the creator we wont even notice but i think that is a lie because no product can be that great!

  • Lucas-opp
    9/10/2019 - 09:52 a.m.

    One of the biggest aspects of a pen that writes forever is you won't ever have to buy a pen ever again. Another aspect is when you are writing it wont fade out. These are two of the most useful aspects of a pen that writes forever.

  • Karson-opp
    9/10/2019 - 09:52 a.m.

    I think the most useful aspect of the pen that writes forever is that you don't have to but a new pen. It does cost a lot of money, but if you know you won't loose it, I think you should buy it. I would not buy it because I tend to loose stuff.

  • Hayden-opp
    9/10/2019 - 09:53 a.m.

    What I would think would be the most useful aspect of a pen that writes forever would be that you would not have to buy pencils, and you could use this "Pen" as a pencil in school and never have to ask for lead, or sharpen it. Another reason is because you could keep on practicing on big drawings instead of sharpening every 10 minutes or so.

  • Nola-opp
    9/10/2019 - 09:53 a.m.

    I think that the pen is not useful because you can just go out and buy a 20 pack of pens for like $10. I also would not buy it because i would lose it in like ten seconds. I would not buy it because the price value is ridiculous.

  • dariust-
    9/12/2019 - 02:29 p.m.

    Hey yall its me Darius and i just wanted to say that this pen is pretty cool like i really like the pen and wish i had it :).

  • enolas-
    9/12/2019 - 02:31 p.m.

    I want to this pen so much! Maybe I will when I grow up.

  • albanas-
    9/12/2019 - 02:35 p.m.

    I think the most useful aspect of a pen that writes forever is the fact that it writes forever! You wouldn't have to re-fill it or buy a new pen. Spending the $120 would save you money in the long run because you wouldn't constantly have to re-buy pens.

  • ewanm-
    9/12/2019 - 02:35 p.m.

    This seems like a very great idea and pen a pen that lasts forever will help people who go to school but theirs one thing they can ad to it would be the ability to erase your already written words (sorry for any improper grammar)

  • samanthaf-14
    9/12/2019 - 02:38 p.m.

    This story seems like a good story. I have to buy new pens every school year and if I had this pen I wouldn't have to waste the money every year. This pen helps everyone save money.

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