It’s National Ballpoint Pen Day! And in our opinion, this humble invention deserves a special day because ballpoints have completely changed the way people experience ink.

The iconic #RS BIC® Round Stic® Pen is one of the most recognizable ballpoints in the world.

While using a “ball point” in writing instruments has been around since the late 19th century, the patent was filed for this nifty writing instrument about 80 years ago by Laszlo Biro, a Hungarian newspaper editor. Laszlo was frustrated by the time he spent filling up fountain pens and cleaning smudges and noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly. Working with his brother Gyorgy, the Biro brothers developed a viscous ink formula that worked with a ball-socket mechanism. This first patented ballpoint design prevented ink from drying inside the reservoir while allowing controlled flow while writing. (1)

Ballpoint Pen Fun Facts

  • Thanks to Laszlo and Gyorgy, ballpoint pens are also called biros.
  • Prior to the ballpoint pen, people wrote with ink and fountain pens.
  • Millions of ballpoint pens are manufactured and sold every day, even though a normal ballpoint will last approximately seven years (and approximately 50,000 words) for the average writer. (2)
  • Promotional ballpoint pens generate 3,000 impressions throughout their lifetime and have a cost per impression as low as 1/10 of a cent.
  • 89% of consumers own promotional ballpoint pens! (3)
The Souvenir® brand has been a leader in promotional writing instruments since 1908, with innovative ballpoint designs like the #56033 Souvenir® PrevaGuard™ Story Pen.

Who’s Ready to Celebrate?

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Ballpoint Pen Day. Take a break from screen time and use your favorite ballpoint to make a doodle or send a letter to someone you care about. Practice your handwriting or even gift a fancy ballpoint pen to one of your clients.

Are you taking time to honor the ballpoint pen today? Share what you’re up to on social media with the hashtag #NationalBallpointPenDay and show us your favorite promotional ballpoint! If you haven’t found your favorite yet, visit to shop hundreds of ballpoint pen styles you’re sure to love.

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