Pens: Past and present!

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The journey of pens

Whether it is taking notes in class or scribbling random thoughts in a diary, we use pens for a variety of written communication. Have you ever wondered what the first pen looked like? Join us as we go back in time and trace the origins of the first writing instrument known to mankind right up to its current form, the pen. 

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The journey of pens
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The first pens ever - Reed brush/pen

These were the first ever pens used by humans and can be traced back to 2000 BC in Rome. Reed brushes were made from sea rush and bamboo. Ancient Egyptians used them to write on papyrus scrolls. These pens were in existence till the time papyrus scrolls were present.

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The first pens ever - Reed brush/pen
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Which one is your favourite?

We have all witnessed how despite the advent of computer keyboards, laptops, mobile phones and the now defunct typewriter, the usage of pens has not dwindled down. In fact, it has increased many folds. Pens are here to stay. From a bamboo stick to a roller ball gel pen, it has indeed been a whirlwind of a journey. Tell us which pen is your favourite and why.

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Which one is your favourite?
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The legendary - Quill

The quill originated in the 6th century AD. It was made from the feathers swans and geese. The quill has a lot of historic importance attached to it. Even the American Constitution was written and signed with a quill! Quills were in existence till the 19th century. They were also hugely responsible for the evolution of the art of calligraphy. They were gradually replaced by the fountain pen. Pic credit: www.historyofpencils.com

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The legendary - Quill
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Very vintage - Fountain pen

A Romanian student named Petrache Poenaru invented the first modern fountain pen. The French Government patented his invention in May 1827. From then onwards several changes and modifications were made to the fountain pen. It has survived despite the advent of several other types of pens. Its popularity decreased due to the advent of ballpoint pens, but some people still have these as collectable items.

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Very vintage - Fountain pen
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Ever dependable - Ballpoint pens

The first known ballpoint pen was made in 1888. Years later, in 1938, László Bíró, a Hungarian newspaper editor, with the assistance of his chemist brother George, started designing new types of pens including one with a tiny ball in its tip that was free to turn in a socket. The mechanics of the pen were simple. As the pen moved along the paper, the ball rotated, picking up ink from the ink cartridge making it appear on paper. Ballpoint pens, or ballpens as we popularly call them, have stood the test of time and are very popular even today.

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Ever dependable - Ballpoint pens
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Hugely popular - Fiber pens

Also known as felt-tipped pen, the fiber pen was invented by Yukio Horie of the Tokyo Stationery Company in Japan during the 1960s. It was a breakthrough in the stationery industry at that time and became increasingly popular globally. Marker pens and highlighters belong to felt-tipped pen family and are in demand till this date.

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Hugely popular - Fiber pens
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The latest - Roller ball pens

During the same time as the fiber pen’s launch, the roller ball pen came into existence. They were launched by Japanese company Ohto. These pens have two types and both are immensely popular till date… Liquid ink pens and gel ink pens.  These pens have a mobile ball and liquid ink to produce a smoother line. Technological advances achieved over the years have made these pens mass favourites. 

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The latest - Roller ball pens
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