What is pen?
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What Does pen Mean
The concept of the pen is used in several South American countries to refer to different elements with similar characteristics. Thus, the meaning of pen changes according to the region .
A pen may be a stylus pen , also known as fountain pen or stylus . It is a writing device that has a cartridge or a refillable tank with liquid ink .
By atmospheric pressure, the ink is kept inside the cartridge or the reservoir of the pen. Through capillarity, in turn, the liquid passes from said space to the nib that moves over the paper to create the line.
It is estimated that the origins of this type of pen date back to the 10th century . Over the years the system was perfected. The ease and fluidity of writing are the most outstanding characteristics of these pens.
The notion of pen, on the other hand, is used to refer to the pen (called pen or biro in some regions). This instrument contains a special ink in a tube that, at its tip , has a small metal sphere that rotates freely.
With its own movement while moving the pen, the ball doses the output of the ink. To protect the tip and prevent smudging, the pen usually has a cap or has a mechanism to retract the tip.
It is interesting that the world's first ballpoint pens were made in Europe in the 20th century. Specifically, it was in 1942 when these were shaped and then began to reach other corners of the world such as Australia.
In addition to pens, these pens are also called by other names in other parts of the world. Thus, for example, in Honduras they are called ink pencils, in Bolivia they are known as puntabola and in Brazil or Portugal they also respond to the name of caneta.
In the same way, we cannot ignore either that in Spain, specifically in some of its autonomous communities, the term at hand is also used. Specifically, it is used to refer to what is popularly known as mechanical pencil. This is a mechanical pencil that you can write or draw with.
It works thanks to a lead, a very thin graphite rod, which is inserted into the aforementioned pen and which is mechanically driven through a hole to write. Those mines that can be found for sale with different diameters so that they can be adapted to the work to be carried out.
This mechanical pencil has the advantage that it does not require the use of a pencil sharpener. And it is that when the mentioned mine is finished, you just have to insert another one in that instrument, which has its origin back in the early nineteenth century. It is exactly known that it was created in 1822 by John Hawkins and Sampson Mordan.
Pen, finally, can refer to a pen holder : the handle in which a metal pen is installed for drawing or writing.