Friday, August 1st, 2014

A Brief History of Writing Implements

Stephanie

Writing Implements

  • 4000 BC: Clay tablets are etched with metal or bone tools
  • 3000 BC: Egyptians use reed pens on papyrus
  • 1300 BC: In Rome metal styluses are used to write on thin sheets of wax
  • 600-1800 AD: Europeans use quill pens
  • 1790: Pencils are invented in both Australia and France
  • 1800-1850: Dip pen nibs are made of steel and tipped with Iridium, Rhodium and Osmium
  • 1884: Waterman invents the fountain pen
  • 1888-1916: Ball point pens are invented
  • 1940: Ball points become popular with the British military during WWII.
  • 1945: Ball point pens are introduced to the US market
  • 1960s: Felt tip pens invented
  • 1980s-90s: Roller ball pens invented
  • 2000s: Fountain pen revival! 

3 thoughts on “A Brief History of Writing Implements

  1. Back in 1966-1968(when I used them)there were some pens, with sleeves, that used a “felt” or ceramic writing tip and an ink cartridge. They were either Parker or Sheaffer brands. I don’t know if they are made any more, or not.

    Thank you, Rick M

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