Pen vs Sword

Wars have been fought with swords but peace treaties are signed with a pen – or an earlier version of one. So what are the facts supporting the claim that that the pen is mightier than the sword?

The humble pen was originally made from quills or reeds that were dipped in ink. This dates back to Egyptian times, in fact the name “pen” is derived from the Latin for feather, penna.

The more modern ballpoint pen came a lot later and is quite a neat invention. The metal nib contains a hard steel ball that dispenses a viscous oil based ink that immediately dries upon contact – eliminating the need for blotting paper.

You may think the pen isn’t a dangerous instrument, but they’re responsible for over one hundred deaths a year! Mainly due to people playing with them in their mouths and the pen cap then lodging in their throat causing choking. Not a pleasant thought, but hopefully one that might discourage you from doing it.

The most expensive pen ever produced was the Aurora Diamante fountain pen, decorated with over 30 carats of  diamonds on a solid platinum barrel. It has a two-tone, rhodium-treated, 18 Carat solid gold nib and can be personalised with a coat of arms, signature, or portrait. It currently costs just over £856K ($1.4 million) A must for anyone who wants the ultimate in bling when it comes to signing those cheques at the supermarket. Though let’s face it, it’s all plastic these days.

More down to earth is the basic ballpoint pen, a true genius of modern day engineering and can be picked up almost anywhere for just a few pence. So next time your signing your name, penning that letter or simply having a scribble or doodle whilst on the telephone, have a thought for our beloved inked friend – and please keep out of the mouth.

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On November 28, 2013, posted in: Banners and Information, Front Page, Our Blog by
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