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Writing instrument that never needs sharpened and never runs out of ink

on December 11, 2011 11:45 am

It’s not really a pencil and it’s not really a pen. The Beta Inkless Pen designed by Axel Weinbrecht, is a writing tool with a tiny metal tip made of lead that unlike regular lead pencils, will not wear down with use. It lays down a grey line that doesn’t smudge or erase and can be used in any temperature or weather. You can get one of your own for $27.95 at Jac Zagoory.


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    eClipse says:

    Never needs “sharpened”?

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    RainyDayInterns says:

    We look at a similar one back in 2007:

    Leonardo da Vinci actually used something similar to make some of his drawings. If you want to know how silverpoint medium works, check out this link:

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    Jhon says:

    I’m kind of hoping they change “runs” to “runned”.

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    Vladimir Estragon says:

    Swell idea. Brings new meaning to the term “poison pen.” Hey, how about a version that uses depleted uranium instead of lead? We could start using up all those nuclear waste products lying around.

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    Mikey Pizano says:

    Lead is far to soft for this use.

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    Eric Johnston says:

    You can’t simply create matter – if something is being deposited on the paper, then something is being worn off the tip of the pencil.

    Unless you believe in alchemy.

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    RainyDayInterns says:

    Eric is, of course, correct.

    Eventually the tip will wear down, but just very very slowly when compared to graphite/clay pencils.

    BTW…lead was used, along with gold and silver, for the same purpose.

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    Ken Schoenberg says:

    @Eric so the energy to matter replicator I purchased from the Needful Things store doesn’t work? I hope I can return it!

    Seriously, I can’t believe the tip is lead…at least not pure lead as that would wear out pretty quickly and also have some other issues…including health safety concerns.

    Of course, when I was a child I thought I was supposed to get chips for my lunch from the windowsill…

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