Whether you call it a birome, biro, ball pen, or ballpoint, we all know that familiar sensation of rolling ink on paper. It's nearly impossible to imagine a world without the ballpoint pen. Yet, this was a reality for most people less than 100 years ago. It was not until the mid-1900s that ballpoint pens were commercially available.
The concept of this ingenious invention skirted different minds throughout history. It was created, forgotten, then created again. It became popular several decades after it was first invented, and then rapidly took the world by storm.
From the first one, to the 2 billion produced each year in the U.S. alone, let’s take a trip through ballpoint pen history to see how this writing technology came to be.