The Bic Cristal (stylized BIC Cristal and also known as the Bic pen) is an inexpensive disposable ballpoint pen produced in series and sold by the Bic Company of Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France. It was published in December 1950 and is the best-selling pen in the world – the 100 billionth was sold in September 2006. Recently, it has become the archetypal ballpoint pen and is now considered ubiquitous, as the Museum Modern Art has made it a permanent part of his collection. Its hexagonal shape and design mimic a classic lead pencil and are sold in 6 types of tips and (more…)
A ball knife is a multi-tool pocket knife made of a hidden blade inside an ordinary-looking ballpoint pen. The blade, generally of length, is generally hidden. They first appeared as custom-made pens from various custom knife manufacturers before being mass-produced by production companies.
Feathered knives such as these are designed for self-defense because of their ease of concealment. Their small size makes them impractical as weapons in elaborate combat, but their slender profile allows them to cause a lot of trouble in close combat with an element of surprise. A knife of this type can also be used as a standard letter (more…)
In June 1945, a Chicago businessman, Milton Reynolds, was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he encountered the first commercially available ballpoint pen, the Biro pen. In October 1945, Milton Reynolds was able to debone the Biro pen and was the first to manufacture and sell ballpoint pens in the US market. The “Reynolds Rocket” pen was introduced at the Gimbel department store in New York, selling pens worth $ 100,000 on the first day. In 1945, the demand was 30,000 pens per day, making it the number one American ballpoint pen. However, in three years, the price of the pen has (more…)
A ballpoint pen, also known as a biro or ball pen, is a pen that dispenses ink (usually in paste form) over a metal ball at its point, i.e. over a “ball point”. The metal commonly used is steel, brass, or tungsten carbide. It was conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to dip pens and fountain pens, and it is now the world’s most-used writing instrument: millions are manufactured and sold daily. As a result, it has influenced art and graphic design and spawned an artwork genre. Pen manufacturers produce designer ballpoint pens for the high-end and (more…)