Happy Ball Point Pen Day! On this day 70 years ago in 1943, brothers Laszlo and Georg Bíró (haha – Biro!) filed the patent for the Bírome. The Birome was the world’s first self-inking ballpoint pen. It went on sale in 1945 for $12.50 a piece, which is the equivalent of $145, when the price is adjusted for inflation. Since then, billions of ballpoint pens have been sold, and I’m pretty damn sure millions of them have been lost (very, very rarely do I have a pen long enough to actually through it out when it runs out of ink).
However, if you’re pretty good at not losing your pens, you have the opportunity to spend a ridiculous amount of money on them. Visconti made a ball point pen lined with 18K white gold for a rather expensive $57 000. At the price of a very good car, carrying one around (provided it is not lost or stolen) is a great way to convey the message that you really know how to waste money, or really really really like hand writing everything.
This pen however pales in comparison to the Aurora Diamante fountain pen (not a ballpoint, no, but worth a mention), which will cost you $1 470 600. It contains over 30 carats of diamonds on a solid platinum barrel and an 18 carat solid gold nib. It’s the perfect business accessory for anyone who wants people to know they have sold their soul to consumerism.
And here is an original advertisement for the Birome from 1945:
~ Darcie Rae
The day: http://www.fastcompany.com/1284673/ballpoint-pen-day
Diamante Pen: http://www.skitzone.com/2010/top-10-most-expensive-pens-in-the-world/
Visconti pen: http://www.techmaish.com/5-most-expensive-ball-points-in-the-world/