How the Ballpoint Pen Changed Handwriting

Thicker ink, fewer smudges, and more strained hands: an Object Lesson

The ballpoint’s universal success has changed how most people experience ink. Its thicker ink was less likely to leak than that of its predecessors. For most purposes, this was a win—no more ink-stained shirts, no need for those stereotypically geeky pocket protectors. However, thicker ink also changes the physical experience of writing, not necessarily all for the better.


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