Enter The Humble Pen – Today is Biro Day


The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

This phrase was coined by an English author named Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, way before the Biro was invented.


The Biro was actually invented in 1943 by two Hungarian brothers named Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro. Until then the most modern type of writing implement was a fountain pen.


To use one of these efficiently you needed to have blotting paper to hand as early ones tended to leak making writing a messy business. In the 1800’s you would have probably been using a quill and an ink well.

Now, of course, the humble Biro has advanced into a ballpoint pen with all sorts of variations and costs.

For example, do a search for “pen” on Ebay, in the pens and writing instrument category, will yield results of from $1 to $38,450.07!


Paper-Mate produced pens that had a double heart symbol on the clasp. This was to indicate that the pen had a “pump” which gave it the ability to be used for writing at any angle, even upside down.


Not too sure why you might want to lie on your back and write a letter though.


Writing is a dying art. By that I mean that almost no-one writes letters to pen pals or friends. We all use emails or text with a phone.


Would it not be nice to receive an actual letter that was not a bill?

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