A Quick History of Ballpen Writing
|1943||Ballpoint refill is introduced|
The ink is thick, kind of waxy and needs a firm touch. Convenience is unparalleled.
|1963||Rollerball technology debuts. The ink is more fluid and it lays down much easier than ‘standard’ ballpoint ink. A ceramic ball improves flow.|
Downsides are the limited capacity since usage increases over ‘standard’ ink
|1966||Paul Fisher introduces the Space Pen gas pressurized refill|
The ink flows more freely and writes on almost any surface including outer space
|2012||Schmidt Technology introduces the ‘Cartridge-Rollerball-System’ commonly referred to as ink ball. Liquid fountain pen ink flows through the precisely machined ball tip. The system allows for the use of any international sized ink cartridge or with a converter reservoir. The cost to write drops dramatically as a result.
Ink lays down so easily it seems that the tip floats across the page.