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Inkless metal pen will write forever

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Car design firm Pininfarina has designed an inkless pen with a metal nib that will write without ever running out.

What if you could have a writing implement that draws a line like a graphite pencil, but in permanent, non-smudging ink like a pen? Car design company Pininfarina — which has worked with the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo — unveiled just such a thing at the global stationery trade fair Paperworld in Frankfurt.

The 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano is a luxurious-looking, tapered affair with a machined aluminium barrel inset with wood sporting the company's logo. But the barrel itself is solid, not hollow: instead of ink, it has a tip made out of a metal alloy called "ethergraph" that writes, the company claims, forever.

We're not entirely sure what ethergraph is, but it sounds awfully similar to a pen released by Vat19 in 2010. "The Inkless Metal Beta Pen features a special metal alloy tip," Vat19's description reads. "As you write, tiny amounts of this metal are deposited onto the page. The silvery markings may resemble pencil, but they are permanent and smudge-proof."

Each pen will be sold with a notebook made of "stone paper", an eco-friendly, water resistant and durable paper made from powdered stone. Pininfarina hasn't announced the price of its new pen, but, given the pricing of its fountain pens, we can't imagine it will be particularly affordable.


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Im Batman posted a comment   

That is a stylish and intriguing pen.
But often peoples issue is not the ink running out, its that they lose the pen before it happens.
Though, in recent years i have had more success at keeping a pen around.

This would make a great "life time" achievement award... not that they would have much writing time left to use it.

Real question, does it come in blue?


SusanneM posted a comment   

Ever a fan of the designs coming out of Pininfarina, my late husband would have had a real appreciation for this elegant & unusual 'pen'.

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