Are you stuck thinking about where to get awesome pens? Come on in, shop online and check out our featured products! Pens are so common in our every day lives that we rarely ever think about them. But there are many aspects of a pen that we just don’t know about — the different types of pens and how pens generally came to be.
Historically, before pens were pens, people used bird feathers and/or bamboo sticks; these materials were eventually developed to create quill and reed pens, two types of pens that are no longer in common use. Along with this list are the dip pen (which usually has no ink reservoir and must be repeatedly recharged with ink while drawing or writing) and the ink brush (a traditional writing implement in East Asian calligraphy).
Ancient Egyptians had developed writing on papyrus scrolls when scribes used thin reed brushes or reed pens from the Juncus maritimus or sea rush. In his book A History of Writing, Steven Roger Fischer suggests that on the basis of finds at Saqqara, the reed pen might well have been used for writing on parchment as long ago as the First Dynasty or about 3000 BC.
Today, the main modern types of pens include:
marker (felt-tip pen)
Whether you’re a student using a pen to scribble down your teacher’s notes, a professional that needs to sign signatures on official papers on a daily basis or an artist just doodling in your room, having the right pen is essential. The right pen that flows freely will not distrupt your writing or train of thought, and often times, like in the case of a calligraphy pen, it can inspire beautiful handwriting.
Give a little thought to your pen the next time you buy one, and see what difference the right pen can make!
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