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The first true writing instruments were made by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia nearly 5,000 years ago.
writing instruments [3] ballpoint pen point joint clip push-button ball bearing ink refill

ballpoint pen click to hear

Instrument invented at the beginning of the 20th century; the writing tip holds a small rotating ball.

point click to hear

Tip that contains the ball bearing used to deposit ink from the cartridge onto the writing surface.

joint click to hear

clip click to hear

Curved metal bar that attaches the ballpoint pen to a pocket.

push-button click to hear

Button controlling the mechanism that advances and retracts the cartridge.

ball bearing click to hear

Small metal ball in the point of the pen; when turned, it deposits ink from the cartridge onto the writing surface.

ink click to hear

Black or colored liquid used for writing.

refill click to hear

Cartridge that is inserted into the body of a ballpoint pen to refill the ink.