Founded in 1945 by Marcel Bich, the Bic Cristal became the best selling pen worldwide, selling over 100 billion. The MoMA in New York holds one in their permanent collection as an example of classic industrial design.
A type of pen with a metal ball in the writing tip, which uses viscous, oil-based ink, held within the pen’s barrel. First created and patented by John Loud in 1888, it was then developed by László Bíró from the 1930s.
Also called a Vent Hole, a breather hole is the small hole present on the nib of a fountain pen. It allows air to flow into the pen and reduces the tension caused by the pressure applied during writing.
A fastener that is inserted into hole-punched holes, usually along the margin of a piece of paper, to hold several sheets together. Available with a range of adornments, they are also popular in arts and crafts.