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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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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  • sheaf-
    9/12/2019 - 02:38 p.m.

    I think that this is a cool invention! Since Ethergraf pens don't contain graphite, It would be better because the other kinds of ink pens have toxins that could be harmful.

  • raeganh-
    9/13/2019 - 02:15 p.m.

    i don't think this is a good idea because its expensive and people are always snatching my things.

  • laurenw-4
    9/13/2019 - 02:16 p.m.

    I think this invention is really helpful because you don't have to worry about getting a new pen when your own pen runs out of ink. You also don't have to worry about money, because you wont have to buy a new pen.

  • jacksonb-4
    9/13/2019 - 02:16 p.m.

    i think this article is very well written, and i would like to read a book about this story.

  • brittanyf-1
    9/13/2019 - 02:17 p.m.

    I think that this ink less pen is a pretty cool thing to have. It would be great for people who like to right with pens so you never have to buy a pen ever again. The person made this invention was very smart because it saves people so much money!

  • carlys-3
    9/13/2019 - 02:18 p.m.

    This pen is a good idea.But i think it is expensive and i don't think people will want to pay a lot of money for it.

  • kristynf-
    9/13/2019 - 02:19 p.m.

    The pen is very cool but the cost is very high. I would never buy a pen for that much. The pen would be amazing to wright with but I could buy a pack of pens for cheaper than that.

  • biankab-
    9/13/2019 - 02:19 p.m.

    This seems like a good product but, it is not realistic for me because I loose my pens easily because, I miss place them or my friends take them and I can not spend that much money on a single pen that will probably be gone in a week.

  • turnerb-
    9/13/2019 - 02:21 p.m.

    I think that this article provides good and informational facts about how the pen works and how it will be useful in the every day life.

  • jamesf-5
    9/13/2019 - 02:24 p.m.

    I think that this is a very good idea so then people don't have to worry about needing more led or sharpening there pencil or running out of ink this can fix all of that if it truly is never ending. but if you lose it or I gets taken you will have to get it again its 120 dollars every time.

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