History of Writing Instruments
History of writing tools can be surprising sometimes. Did you know that the first fountain pens appeared in the 10th century? And that we didn’t have pencils until 1500 AD? Find out more about history of writing instruments here.
History of Writing Implements
One of the things that make our human civilization what it is writing. Without it, great ideas would be forgotten, information would stay at the place where they originated and we would have to invent things a thousand times over. To write we have writing implements that changed throughout history.
Reed pens are one of the first more sophisticated writing tools in history. They appeared after the carving tools and styluses and practically replaced them. They were not perfect and were later replaced with quills.
Quills were the most sophisticated writing instruments for a long time (some 15 centuries). Many large birds gave their contribution to the spreading of knowledge until metal pens replaced feathers in writing.
Fountain pens replaced standard metal pens because they were easier to use and were less messy. After years of improvements (and after appearance of ballpoint pens which are even easier to use) they became a sort of status symbol.
Pen and Ink
Beginning of use of pen and ink marked the start of new era of easier recording of information. Without them, early scientific discoveries would be forgotten and development of humanity would be much slower.
At the first glance, who could tell that the first ballpoint pens appeared some 130 years ago? But they did and were intended for writing on leather. Today, billions are made and sold every year and we almost cannot imagine our day-today life without them.
Mechanical pencils are also old invention dating even from 16th century. First ones were relatively simple mechanisms, only to become more complicated with time. Today we have mechanical pencils which can write and draw very precisely.
Compared with other art mediums, colored pencil is relatively new. It appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worthy especially when combined with other mediums.
Marker pens are particular types of pen that can write on almost any surface and have many different types of ink. They can last very long or be erased with a swipe of cloth.
Highlighters are useful tools: you can use them to mark dates on a calendar, parts of the relevant text in a book or any other use where you need highlight something on paper. Thy influenced our lives so much that we can even find them in some computer programs. Read more about history of highlighters.
Ink Brush and Calligraphy
Calligraphy is an old art of drawing letters and symbols in a skillful way. Chinese calligraphy uses ink brush and ink to emphasize motion and represent texts that are charged with dynamic life.
Crayons in their early forms appeared in ancient times but we started using them in 19th century as art mediums. Today they are used by children but are still important in art.
History of Space Pens
Space pen began as a try to achieve a perfect pen. Pen was so perfect that it ended in space as a valuable tool and one of the symbols of humanity’s venture into space.
Blackboard Chalk and Whiteboard Pen
When schools and classrooms started to grow, in 19th century, a problem appeared: how to transfer lectured information to a greater number of students. Solution was at first in a blackboard and chalk and later in whiteboard and whiteboard pen.
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