Writing Instruments

The writing instrument that dominated the scene at this time and for over a thousand years after was the quill pen.

Writing Instruments

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The first writing tool that appeared in ancient times that can be considered close to the kind of writing tools we have today was developed by the Greeks who
fashioned a writing stylus from bone or ivory. They used this stylus to etch symbols on wax-coated tablets. It was at this time that Greek scholar, Cadmus, originated the concept of the written letter — messages written on paper sent from one person to another.
By 105 A.D. wood-fiber paper had been invented in China but the secretive Chinese were only able to share this technology with other countries sometime in 700 A.D. By this time, a more stable ink had been produced from the initial invention of 'Indian ink' also by the Chinese.
The writing instrument that dominated the scene at this time and for over a thousand years after was the quill pen. Taken from the five outer left wing feathers of living birds, the quill pen lasted for only a week before it needed to be replaced.  Moreover, its tip needed to be sharpened by a knife, known as the pen-knife and a coal stove was used beneath the writer's desk to dry the ink as quickly as possible.