2/8/2017 | In the Community, Special Occasions, Uncategorized


It’s A Hard Knock Life For Us

We’ve all heard the phrases “It’s the hard knock life” and “The sun will come out tomorrow”. In fact, probably just reading those very words has you humming along and thinking about a little orphan red head. That’s because those words have permeated pop culture for 40 years now.

But what if we told you the first time those words were written down, they were written with a Sign Pen…would you believe us? It’s pretty incredible, but absolutely true. You see, Martin Charnin—the man behind those lyrics—just so happens to be a huge fan of Pentel. When he was writing the songs we all know and love from the musical “Annie®”, he wanted to use no other pen than his trusty Sign Pen.

That’s not our story to tell however, it’s Mr. Charnin’s. So, here’s his point on why and how he fell in love with Pentel pens:

Martin Charnin

I’ve been a Pentel Sign Pen user ever since [they] arrived on the scene…I vividly recall going into Lee’s Art Shop on West 57th Street in Manhattan, and writing my name with a black Sign Pen on a scratch pad that was at the pen counter in the store, and jumping for joy, as I realized on the spot that I had found a writing implement that I would never stop using—and I have literally NEVER used anything else.

Writing with that pen really makes me feel like I’ve written something of substance.

Well, truth be told—There have had to be exceptions—banks…certain legal documents that won’t accept anything but ballpoint pens. Those are moments of great distress for me.

I wrote all of the first drafts of all of the lyrics for “Annie” with a black Sign Pen. They then sadly, had to go to a typewriter…

We are humbled and grateful for Martin Charnin letting us play a part of his story and in his creation of the musical “Annie”. And it just goes to show that with the right pen, you can truly let your imagination flow. That’s our point. What’s YOUR point?

Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @PentelofAmerica and using the hashtag #ThatsMyPoint, tell us about the first time you used a Pentel product.

Until next time…


Comment from Starr D
February 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Very cool to learn this…..I really enjoy the musical, “Annie” and often think about how the lyrics still apply to a lot of situations, today. So interesting to hear that a Pentel Sign Pen played a part in creating all this….I like to hear how great works are created, and I consider “Annie” a great piece of work.
Now I have to go find out what a Sign Pen is!

Comment from Petra Bosman
July 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

Wow that is such a cool story. i know all those songs by heart and love my sign pens. makes is so much more special. thanks for the great story!

Comment from pisanie eseju
January 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Świetny artykuł. Interesujący, konkretny, życiowy.
Nic dodać nic ująć.

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