Inspiration for TORR Blok Pens


Oct 25, 2012 Blog 2 3975 Views

TORR Blok Pen was inspired by a 33 year old design of a surgical ruler and pen.  This original design was literally created so that a surgeon, in a surgical setting, could measure a line on a person, draw that line with the pen, and then make the incision, presumably with a scalpel.  Cool, huh?!  .

Having healthcare backgrounds ourselves, Diana and I loved the idea of transforming this original design for the niche group of surgeons into a very special gift for the everyday man.

Right after college, I got to spend a summer working in an operating room setting, so know first-hand how delicate and intense a surgical setting, and the tools of the trade, can be.  So converting one such tool into a Blok Pen or has been an exciting experience.

To pay tribute to the original design, we used stainless steel (as surgical steel would likely be used in a surgical setting for sterility), and we decided to keep the standard  ruler (market research demanded that the ruler stay).  However, we did create one version of our pen, Blok Pen Clean, with no engraved ruler, for those who like a cleaner look.TORR pen inspiration

All of the other attributes of the pen, including the click & lock feature and the spacer capsule were created for their functionality and for their coolness.

The result – a very unique pen that pays tribute to a tool of long ago and the creation of a gift designed to be comfortable, musical, indestructible, generational, fun and sophisticated.  In other words, these pens are gifts for the everyday man.

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2 Comments for "Inspiration for TORR Blok Pens"

Will Ng

Posted on Wednesday 31st October, 2012, 10:43am


Hi Allen,

Keep up the great work. I love the Torr pen and can’t wait to see it at a local store.


Will Ng
BLA ’96


Posted on Sunday 16th December, 2012, 7:33am


Please can you let me know when your beautiful pens are avlliabae again. My daughter named Heather passed away a short while ago and I would love to give one of your pens to my son.

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