Monday, December 22, 2008

UniBall - Pen Companies vs Theft Protection

Merry Christmas everyone!

I'm sitting here on my first day of vacation, away from work but always vigilant on matters of security and identity theft... interesting where these topics creep up. As I was watching the Giants vs. Panthers last night I caught a commercial for Uni-Ball 207 pen. It caugt my attention because the actor peddling the pen was S. Epatha Merkerson (of Law & Order Fame...I think) and the topic was of course identity theft... interesting.

Interestingly enough I had to do some research into why this pen warranted my $3 (per unit), and here's what I found. This site [,9,1] has some details, and even an endorsement by Catch Me If You Can professional check fraud expert Frank Abagnale. Still, I always thought a pen was a pen, but this site will tell me otherwise.

From their fact sheet:

Helps Prevent Check Fraud:
Uni-ball 207 gel pens use specially formulated inks that contain color pigments, which are absorbed in to a check’s paper fibers. When an individual tries to “wash” the information written on the check, the ink is in effect “trapped” making the act of check fraud more difficult.

So, not all pens are created equal? I guess I wasn't aware that physical check fraud or other physical identity theft was that prevalent... sounds like something I'm going to have to do some more research into. Maybe the folks at Sanford (here in Oak Brook, IL) can shed some additional light on the subject?


The Old Geezer said...

As far as I know all pigment ink will do the same thing. Mitsubishi Pencil Co., LTD is just making a big deal about it. I'd have to be shown that the uni-ball ink is significantly chemically different from other pigment inks before I'd believe that there is more to the uni-ball ink. Don't get me wrong, I like the uni-ball pens, they are some of my favorites, especially the 207 Micro and the RT Gel 0.38. And I think that pigment ink is the way to go. I jut don't believe that the uni-ball ink is that much different than other pigment inks.

Anonymous said...

Wow! that was the first time it aired and already a blog about it. Send you a separate email to answer some of your questions, thanks for the interest!

- Steve from uni-ball

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