1979 - Volume #3, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ballpoint Pen Has Erasable InkIt looks like a pen, writes like a pen and is a pen - but with a difference. It's Eraser Mate, the first ballpoint pen with truly erasable inkthat works like a regular ballpoint pen, according to the Paper Mate Division of the Gillette Co.
Available soon in most retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $1.69, the pen's ink can be erased with any common eraser as easily as a lead pencil mark. While the ink is erasable for several days, depending upon the writing surface, it does eventually become dry and hard to erase.
The company suggests that the pen not be used for writing checks or similar documents in order to guard against any possible alteration of these papers.
Eraser Mate has been under development for nearly 10 years. The ink, which has many characteristics of rubber cement, was developed several years ago. The problem was getting the ink, which is 100 times thicker than regular ballpoint ink, into a pen and have it come out smoothly and evenly on a writing surface. The problem was solved by a pressurized filling process, which not only allows the pen to write at any angle, but to also write upside down.
For more details, contact; FARM SHOW Followup, The Gillette Company, Paper Mate Division, c/o Wayne Lincoln, Boston, Mass. 02199 (ph. 617 261-8040).
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