Historic men with the pens

The first one to come to mind was the peace treaty by President Ronald
Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev after the famous “Tear down this wall”
speech. I haven’t been able to discover what type of pen; it looks like a
fountain pen maybe. Gorbachev’s pen is on display at the Reagan Museum.  Just for fun I attached the words that Regan’s advisors told him not to say.

“General Secretary
Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and
Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr.

reagon at the wall

Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Next famous figure I thought about was Abraham Lincoln.
I found this cool YouTube video of the Lincoln Museum and it talks about
Lincoln still using a Goose Quill to write with every now and then.

http://youtu.be/e1VIGyrI8As

Another famous person was Albert Einstein. I found this
picture of him receiving his U.S. Citizenship in the 1940’s and in his pocket
is a fountain pen that the Fountain Pen Network gentlemen say is a Pelikan 100N. It
is said that he used it for many years and that it is in his Museum somewhere.

Strange hot selling pen of the past belongs to Thomas Edison.
He invented between 1872 and 1876 an electric pen which he charged $35.00
dollar for. It was invented to a copy signature for a busy business man, in repeat
documents.

It was difficult to find fascinating Pen users. I will
keep looking, it was fun.

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The Pen used to Write and the Pen used to Sign!

Signing

As we celebrated our Independence yesterday, I thought a lot about the Pen
that was used to sign the Declaration as well as the pen that was used to
create the first draft.( If you have never read the Declaration of Independence
or you did a time ago, click there and read it. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html)
Thomas Jefferson penned the drafts of the Declaration, after Benjamin Franklin
and John Adams made changes, Thomas Jefferson then penned final drafted. The pen
he used was a silver dip-pen.  He then
handed the document over to the engrosser or the official copier. The engrosser
of the Declaration was probably Timothy Matlock, an assistant to Charles
Thomson, secretary to the Congress.  John Hancock was the first to
sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He was president of the
Continental Congress.  He used large bold
script and signed under the text in the center of the page. The story,
entirely unfounded, is that on signing the Declaration, Hancock commented,
“The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them
double their reward.” An alternate story, also unfounded has him saying,
“There, I guess King George will be able to read that!” He was the
first to sign and he did so in an entirely blank space. That act has become
American Slang for signing your name, “putting your John Hancock on it.” The
other members began signing on August 2, 1776.

Thomas Jefferson's Pen

 

I can’t image the stress
and worry that hung on these great men. The Declaration was a treasonous
document, the end to life as the men knew it, if they were caught or turned in
by a supporter, would hang. Benjamin Franklin said of this just before signing, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most
assuredly we shall all hang separately.” I am grateful for their faith and
courage and am a patriot and I love this country.

So the Pen used by all 56 signers of the
Declaration of Independence was a Goose flight Quill. Facts about the 56
signers of the Declaration can be read on http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp.
Very, Very interesting. I hope you remembered to thank your lucky stars and
stripes to live in the U.S.A.

So the history of the Quill:

John Hancock

600-1800
AD
The Europeans started writing on parchment with a quill pen. The
quills were made from the flight feathers of geese. Pen is derived for
the Latin word “Penna” meaning feather. The wing feathers, shaft or quill was
carved to a point or rounded, based on preference. Because the quills are
natural and individually grown, no two quills are alike; each has its own flaws,
curves, etc.  Each pen is as unique as,
its writer. It takes a skilled quill maker to select, clean and carve individually
quills for writing or drawing.

I found several sites to teach you to make your own Quill. Check them out
for fun or instructions:

flick.com/~liralen/quills/quills.html

www.nhhistory.org/edu/support/nhgrowingup/quillpens.pdf

http://www.ehow.com/make-a-quill-pen/

It will be fun to look at famous signature’s!

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Dip-Pens or Nib Pens

Dip-Pen

Just like it sounds, you dip the pen in the ink to write.
The dip-pen does not have a reservoir and must be repeatedly recharged with ink in
order to draw or write. Wikipedia has the Dip-pens history as the first steel pen ever made was in England in 1803. “In Newhall Street, John Mitchell pioneered mass production of steel pens in 1822; prior to that the quill pen had been the most common form of writing
instrument”.

Three main parts of the Dip-pen are the Shank or handle to hold on to. The Tip to write or draw with and the Vent hole that runs to the tip or nib of the metal. The metal is
flexible and gives when presser is placed on it.

You may ask why not use a fountain pen? Dip-pen or nib pen can use a waterproof
pigmented (particle-and-binder-based) inks, India ink, drawing ink, acrylic inks and the traditional iron gall ink, all of which would destroy a fountain pen by clogging or corroding.

Dip-pens are now mainly used for calligraphy, comics and illustrations. If you love dip-pens look for glass blown dip-pens or antique tips. Visit http://www.pendemonium.com/pens_dippen.htm,
a great site to see antique Dip pens.

Next
Blog: Ink Brush

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Kinds of Pens!

There are so many different kinds of pens. Different styles, colors, uses and quality. Just  to name a few: Dip pen, Quill Pen, Ink Brush, Reed Pen,Ball point pen, Fountain Pen, Felt tip pen or marker, Rolling Pen and Gel Pen.

I like to use Blue ink ballpoint pen. I think I write better, more like a professional, where as my father, the creator of

Jr. Gentlemen Pen

Pens like to use Black ink fine tip pen. I sure some fear the red ink pen from school.

Next blog: What is a Dip Pen?!

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