Have you aged this well?
Pentel’s Sign Pen still going strong after 50 years!
In 1963, after 8 years of research and development, Pentel introduced ‘Sign Pen’ the world’s first felt-tip pen. Initially Yukio Horie, Pentel’s founder, struggled to have these produced and they were first ‘made by hand’ before finally becoming popular and mass-produced after American President Johnson was photographed using the writing utensil.
It reached the ultimate pen-stardom status being included on space-mission Gemini 6 and 7 in 1966, because it wouldn’t leak under extreme atmospheric pressure change. Sales of the Sign Pen reached 15 million within only 4 years of its launch, and today if all 2.1 billion Sign Pens that have been sold worldwide were placed end to end in a line the line would go round the earth 7.5 times.
Although it is 50 years old, it is still one of the top products on the market, thanks to a combination of its high quality, its brilliant colours and its durable materials. The tip is made from acrylic, encased in metal; the fibre tip retains its shape and guarantees clear defined strokes time after time. The colour of the body also denotes the ink colour. Four of the colours available – black, red, blue and green are made from 83% recycled material.
The Sign Pen has become a cult classic and continues to be the perfect companion for artists, designers and everybody who enjoys writing, painting and sketching.