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Top Category[edit]

I think this should be the top category for pens, and link downward to: -Fountain pen -Ballpoint pen -Rollerball pen

and any other category that's related. Please tell me if you disagree, and why. Bobzchemist (talk) 13:05, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

-Liquid Gel Pen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ricky sharma (talkcontribs) 14:39, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Collecting pens[edit]

Does anyone know of the terminology used to describe a person who enjoys collecting pens?


You could always try stylophile ( check out

A Pen Timeline - verbatim copy[edit]

Have just discovered that this section was originally lifted word for word from [1]. While it is certainly interesting to trace the history of the pen, this should now be done more objectively, looking at authentic references and resources. I had already started with footnotes, etc., but will now attempt to do a rewrite. -Ipigott 13:06, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Excellent. This page deserves a lot better ... I'll chip in where I can. Mike Helms 13:39, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Terms & Expersions[edit]

Terms & Expersions,; should it be split up to History & Terms & Exprsions? 09:09, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Exploding Pens[edit]

There should be something on how and why the ink of a pen explodes sometimes. Is this because of the pressure? -- 22:52, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Exploding ink??? Are you 4 years old? Ink can't explode. It doesn't contain explosive contents in its makeup. Try holding the pen softer. -TTT13

He/She may be referring to explosive devices that both the Allies and Axis spies used to set fires and for other sabotage during World War II, and also used in other operations by spies and terrorists, guerrillas. These look like ink pens, even function AS pens, until a certain action is performed, then the pen explodes and/or sets things on fire. During World War II, the FBI seized some of these from enemy agents that landed in the US. Assume Good faith please, and sign your statements with four ~s. Powerzilla (talk) 18:53, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually, the op is referring to when the heat gets too high and it explodes. Try putting it in your pocket for a few hours in hot heat. -- (talk) 16:37, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

List of retailers ...[edit]

I have removed the "list of retailers" section ... this is not encyclopedic; it's advertising for companies that sell pens. We can add it in if people disagree with me ... but I don't see this as being appropriate for Wikipedia. Mike Helms 20:32, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Reversion due Vandalism[edit]

I've reverted to an old version due to outright vandalism 22:22, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Major Cleanup[edit]

I did a semi-major cleanup on this page, but I have left the "cleanup" tag as it still doesn't read very smoothly ... Mike Helms 11:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Although I agree the page was in need of it and I appreciate your efforts, linking in section headers is somewhat frowned upon, as is linking dates in general when not highly pertinent, I'm in favor of the subsection headers you've created, but linking them might not be a great idea. Vicarious 11:26, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Hmmm ... didn't know that. What would you suggest? Mike Helms 13:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Take a look now ... this should follow conventions better. Mike Helms 13:10, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Thanks, looks much better now. Vicarious 23:32, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • It seems to me that this article would benefit from some authentic references, particularly in relation to the history. Pens are one of the cornerstones of our literary heritage and deserve better treatment than we have at present. There is some pretty good stuff on writing implements, quills, etc., but pens have a place in their own right. I'll try to work on this over the next few days - unless anyone disagrees with the need.- Ipigott 18:35, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

pen types[edit]

Someone added this to the article:

and it was soon removed. I don't know whether it should be there or not, so I'd like to request any editor watching this page to please have a look. ThanksxC | 20:31, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Under modern pen types, the original article should be edited to add "Advanced ink" as a new type. Per Zebra Pens, [1] this is similar to rollerball, but uses an emulsion, a mixture of water based and oil based inks for a writing instrument that writes and looks like rollerball and dries immediately like a ballpoint, a best of both. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Crashwny (talkcontribs) 21:18, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Eraseable Pen Link[edit]

It links back to the it really necessary? Should a new page be added? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 01:49, 16 May 2007 (UTC).

If you have a real reason and enough information too, then yes. Otherwise, no.-BlueAmethyst .:*:. (talk) 03:02, 18 November 2007 (UTC)


Can somebosy insert the ballpen's inwentor on this page too? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:23, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Already done, check the Ballpoint Pen page.-BlueAmethyst .:*:. (talk) 03:02, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Can someone place the Manufacturing places and Distribution places on where ball point pens are made at? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elisealejandre (talkcontribs) 16:30, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Roller felt tip pens[edit]

There was an entry for these under "other pens" Is there such a thing? A good internet search doesn't reveal anything and I don't understand how it would work anyway. I've removed the reference for now.

Travuun (talk) 22:39, 10 February 2008 (UTC)


Today someone used the British spelling "colour" in an edit and it was changed [2] to "color" on the grounds of WP:ENGVAR, which says to stick with the variant of English first used in a given article, unless it has strong ties to British or North American (or other) English spelling. The earliest use of either form of the word I can find is [3], from 2005, which favors the "color" spelling. I did not notice British spellings in earlier versions. WP:ENGVAR is intended to keep from jarring variations in spelling (check/cheque, color/couour) in one article, but does not prevent some usage of alternate terms when appropriate, as in using the term "lift" in the Elevator article. Edison (talk) 23:30, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Lighted Ink Pens[edit]

I have four of them. In the US, you can find them at truck stops and some resteraunts. The truckers and police use them for writing at night, while they're on the road. Took one apart and found LEDs in them. Powerzilla (talk) 18:03, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Can someone place this?! Powerzilla (talk) 18:04, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
They're sold as "Illuma-pens", "NightVision Pens" and the like. Powerzilla (talk) 18:10, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
I have removed this section for now, as these aren't related to the fundamental nature of pens (quill vs ballpoint vs gel and so forth). Perhaps a more specific article is suitable. — Lomn 00:18, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Slavoljub Eduard Penkala[edit]

Why this inventor of PEN didn't mentioned? I didn't saw his name on page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:09, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Because he invented mechanical pencils, apparently, which aren't pens. Copying from is not appropriate, but if Penkala's "solid-ink pen" is notable, someone else can add it in. --EarthSprite 08:19, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

clicking mechanism?[edit]

What is the clicking mechanism of a pen called? The thing that makes the pen ink cartrige go in and out of the outer case? There should be a section about it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:32, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Redundant sentence in lead[edit]

The last phrase "A pen is also used for writing." sounds like a joke. I believe it could be suppressed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:21, 6 June 2011 (UTC)

It looks like it was an editing test or misplaced good faith. I deleted it. __Just plain Bill (talk) 20:53, 6 June 2011 (UTC)

crow quill pen vs dip pen[edit]

Aren't these essentially the same type of pen? or am I mistaken here? (talk) 21:28, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure you're right. CüRlyTüRkeyTalkContribs 07:35, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
A crowquill is a particular type of nib. Not all dip pens are crowquills. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 22:18, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

History mistake?![edit]

To quote:

"Ancient Indians were the first to use the pen... The old literature ... used this kind of pen roughly 500 BC.[citation needed] Ancient Egyptians had developed writing on papyrus scrolls when scribes used thin reed brushes or reed pens ... In his book A History of Writing, Steven Roger Fischer suggests that ... the reed pen might well have been used for writing on parchment as long ago as ... about 3000 BC." So how were the Indians first? Curryfranke (talk) 13:20, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 June 2015[edit] (talk) 11:00, 3 June 2015 (UTC) For home, school or office use.

Not done. See the template above: "'Please change X" is not acceptable and will be rejected; the request must be of the form "please change X to Y.'" EricEnfermero (Talk) 11:14, 3 June 2015 (UTC)