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Reynolds first introduced Reynolds ballpoint pens to the United States in
October 1945. The original design was by Biro. The pens were an immediate
success and sold by the millions and Milton Reynolds made millions of dollars.
Unfortunately they were a failure as a writing instrument. Poor quality of the
ballpoint and bad design of the ink reservoir caused the pens to perform poorly.
The pens leaked, skipped and dropped globs of ink on your paper. The company
failed within a few years and set back the acceptance of the ballpoint pen for
The pens are rarely found in working order. The ink is held in the body and is frequently leaking out. In many cases the ball is also missing from the point. The ink can be cleaned off with lighter fluid to make a collectible example of the pen.