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Types of Pens Available for Your Writing
To many, a pen is just a writing instrument we use each day. We don't think much on it until we've lost it or it runs out of ink. Very rarely do we stop to think of the various kinds of pens that are out there and what they should and can be used for.
There are those to takes notes with. You can find colorful ones. How about ones to create pieces of handwriting art? An office supply store could not possibly hold every option for you to browse. There are that many.
Another thing about looking at all the pen types is the fact that doing so also takes you through the history of writing instruments. What once was something only the rich or clergy could have in their hands, we can all over the place.
There is nothing as beautiful as something written in calligraphy. It is the artistic form of writing that can be found on wedding invitations, graduation announcements, and plaques on the wall of your home. It's style is classic and lasts throughout the ages.
Learning to write in this form takes practice. You just can't pick up a pen and start creating such beauty. It also cannot be done with any old pen. A special calligraphy pen should be used to the right look to the final product.
In looks, you might say that the calligraphy pen is the exact same thing as a fountain pen. Yes, you can use a fountain pen as a calligraphy pen. What you will have trouble with are some of the broader strokes needed in calligraphy penmanship. A true calligraphy pen will have a similar look to a fountain pen, but the tip will not be as pointed. It will be more straight to allow broad strokes.
Calligraphy pens used to just be "sawed" off fountain pens, but in today's office supply world, you are able to find colored pens and even felt tip calligraphy pens.
There is something about a fountain pen that reverberates elegance and style. This type of pen is not widely used, but a few people still love the feel and the results of a true fountain pen.
An "old-fashioned" fountain pen was the next step up from a quill. Creative minds thought of a way to hold the ink within the writing instrument instead of dipping the writing instrument continually in the ink. The first fountain pens required carefully pouring the ink into the pen. Today, many fountain pens come with cartridges so that you do not have to mess around with jars of ink.
You can find fountain pens at any office supply store or specialty pen store. In fact, you will be awed by the beautiful selection before you.
The invention of the gel pen, I believe, was solely for students to have fun while taking notes.
These pens come in a variety of colors that turn writing from something boring to something they all want to do. Use bold colors or neon colors. Write in silver or gold or other glittery shades.
These pens write smoothly, colorfully, and are a lot of fun. You will find more of these being used in the academic world for note taking.
Felt Tip Pens
The pen that led to the gel was the felt-tip pen. It was soft, flowing, and colorful. You can get such a wide array of colors. This was a huge step in the pen industry to explore the rainbow and bring to the consumer more than black, blue, red, or purple. You could get pink, lavender, orange, and even yellow (though that one tends to be hard to read).
One of the problems that can occur with these pens is that they tend to bleed a little which is why some people do not use them with very thin paper for for formal writing.
It was the ballpoint pen that changed writing. Close to a hundred years ago, a man was looking at this fountain pen and a revelation hit him. Instead of the ink flowing directly onto the paper and leaving areas of messy extra ink, why couldn't the ink be more controlled?
He took a ball and placed it at the end of the pen tip. The ink then landed on the ball and was blocked by it. The ball moved around as writing commenced and the ink would flow controlled from the ball to the paper.
Writing become smoother and easier. Pens became more transportable and let to the well-known pocket holders that could hold these pens over the fountain pens.
The stick pen is the student's best friend. These pens are disposable and cheap. The stick pen was the cheaper version of the ballpoint pen. It took the same concept, but put it in plastic which was much cheaper.
The wonder of these pens were their price and the fact that when the ink ran out, all you had to do was pick up another one.
Pens are our main manual writing tool. We use them for grocery lists, love notes, lecture notes, signatures, and sometimes to write the great American novel.
The love of pens goes so far as to be the enjoyment of many who like to collect the wide variety that are out there. They love the thin ones, fat ones, red ones, black ones, gel ones, and neon ones.
Themed pens are great gifts. Even receiving a personalized pen touches a person's heart.
Stop by a pen specialty store and see what all they have to offer. You might be amazed at what you find and thrilled to discover exactly what you are looking for.
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