Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Skilcraft U.S. Government Pens
I usually don't get too excited about ballpoint pens, but I got to use one of these a while back, and must say they are pretty cool. They have an interesting backstory, too. Would pair nicely with a Field Notes notebook. Here's some info from the Washington Post:
"The original design -- brass ink tube, plastic barrel not shorter than 4 5/8 inches, ball of 94 percent tungsten carbide and 6 percent cobalt -- has changed little over the decades. It costs less than 60 cents. The pen's roots date to the Depression. The 1938 Wagner-O'Day Act required the federal government to buy certain products made by the blind, thereby creating jobs for a then-marginalized population. First came mops and brooms, but the program eventually expanded to include a full line of cleaning and office supplies under the brand name Skilcraft."
Read the entire article here