Acme® "Hatch" Rollerball Pen design by Karl Zahn
KARL ZAHN is a freelance product and furniture designer in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His work examines contemporary materials and historical technologies in an attempt to create modern hybrids that are more applicable, beautiful and sustainable. While the product design portion of his work is driven by problem solving and necessity, the furniture side expresses his pared down simplicity and stark aesthetic as a blend of modernist hard lines and surfaces with a Danish sensitivity to materials and joinery. Each piece is designed to withstand the passing of trends and foster complex relationships that grow more endearing over time. BFA ID Rhode Island School of Design, 2003.
The "HATCH" pen was designed to take advantage of the innate properties of the material brass, and its remarkable ability to self sterilize. Within a few hours of contact with brass ions, any bacteria or microorganism dies. While this effect is not new and the concept is centuries old, we don’t currently utilize the material's enormous potential. This antiseptic quality lends itself perfectly to situations where hygiene is a priority, including the medical profession. To further highlight the unique qualities and benefits of using this type of tool, the etched graphics relay some of the story or the reasoning behind it. The hatched pattern is an abstraction of cell structure. The gradient of hatch variation can be symbolic of growth or infection, but overall it demonstrates organic change. In addition to its scientific appearance, the hatch pattern and random layout are also representative of a patchwork quilt. In this way, the graphic demonstrates the function of the brass material by stopping infection at a cellular level, while it also appears comforting and safe like a sewn heirloom blanket.
PLEASE NOTE: Although this pen is intended to take full advantage of the antimicrobial properties of raw brass, it comes with a thin coating of clear lacquer. This coating is applied to give the consumer a new and polished pen. However, this coating will slowly wear away over time, exposing the raw brass and its properties