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The Invention of the Ink Pen

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Avery Stein

on 11 August 2016

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Transcript of The Invention of the Ink Pen

The use of quills date back to the Dark Ages, and they first appeared in Seville Spain. They were used for almost 1500 years. The 19th century is when the fountain pen replaced the quill.
The Quill
Ballpoint Pen
The ballpoint pen was invented by John J. Loud on October 30, 1888 and is still being used to this day. Loud was trying to make a writing utensil that would write on "rough surfaces such as wood, coarse wrapping paper and other articles."
On May 25th, 1827 Romanian inventor Petrache Poenaru claimed his patent on for the first fountain with a barrel made from a large swan quill. However, Lewis Waterman patented the first practical fountain pen in 1884. There has been various versions in the past, but none were patented.
The Fountain Pen
Made by Avery Stein and Alaina Lowery, Period 7 PLTW
The Invention of the Ink Pen
Positive & Negative Effects
The pen has evolved enormously throughout time. First came the quill pen, just a simple hollowed out feather. Next was the fountain pen, the steel nib started to out best the simple sharpened barrel of the feather. Finally, the ballpoint pen, the ink flows down over the ball and onto your paper. Now they even have erasers for pens! The pen has obviously come a very long way from what it used to be.
Pens have effected us in many ways, some of them are good, and some of them are bad. A bad effect is that pens are mainly made out of plastic, and plastic takes approximately 450-1000 years to biodegrade. Also, pens smudge really easily, and you can't exactly erase pen. Some good effects are that we now have a semi-permanent writing utensil that you can write on most surfaces with.
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