Transport issues (transport of fragile material needing large cases)
We then saw the first attempts to improve writing tools:
Material changes: replacing the tip of the feather with a horn or tortoiseshell tip
Addition of a reservoir in order to incorporate the ink.
The main difficulty encountered when adding the reservoir was the ink flow, which was the subject of numerous failures and misfortunes.
It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century when Petrache Poenaru filed a patent for improvement that the fountain pen took off.
The appearance of the ballpoint pen was in 1865, yet it was not until 1938 that we saw the emergence of the ballpoint pen as we know it today. Journalist José Ladislav Biro came upwith the idea of combining the fountain pen with the principle of rapid drying used in newspaper printing and replacing the nib with a ball.
It was in 1945 that Biro sold his patent to the French Marcel Bich, who improved the ballpoint pen to allow for easier writing. It was then decided that the ballpoint pen would be produced in large quantities in order to reduce production costs and make the product accessible to everyone. It is now so accessible that it has sold more than 100 billion copies worldwide today.
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