The Mightiest Pen: A Brief History of the Ballpoint Pen
Anybody under the age of sixty will struggle to imagine a world without the humble ballpoint pen. They're cheap, reliable, and available pretty much everywhere - the perfect embodiment of the modern world. The most popular brand has sold over 100 billion pens since its production began. Yet achieving this level of dominance was by no means a simple process; the rise and rise of the ballpoint pen span over a century, and appropriately for a global icon, crisscross all over the world.