I have never spent a lot of money on a pen, although I do thoroughly appreciate a well designed, highly functional tool. The 4.Ever Pininfarina Cambiano inkless pen appears to be one of those tools. Pininfarina and Napkin collaborated to create this hand crafted (in Italy), beautifully sleek, classy pen that was inspired by the Cambiano concept car. It is also inkless and meant to last indefinitely. The tip of the pen is made of a special metal alloy they call Ethergraph which does not contain graphite or lead. According to the Napkin website, “…the FOREVER mark is achieved by oxidation, due to contact between tip and paper” while the Smithsonian.com reports, “Davide Fabi, head of special projects at the Napkin division [states] ‘The writing tip oxidizes the paper’ …And though the tip does wear out over time, Fabi assures that the effect is so microscopic and gradual that users won’t even notice.” Based on this information, it is not clear if the paper is being oxidized (a chemical process that occurs in the presence of oxygen), or if an oxide of the metal is being deposited on the paper. Regardless, the process leaves traces of permanent pencil-like markings. For more information about the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano pen visit the Pininfarina or Napkin websites.
It would appear that the only official resellers of the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano are in Europe and Canada; however, I did find a seller on Ebay. The pen comes with a solid walnut case and is available in two colors: glossy dark or light satin. It sells for $89 + $19.90 shipping. I may not purchase one of these for myself, but I sure wouldn’t mind receiving one as a gift!!