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The first true writing instruments were made by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia nearly 5,000 years ago.
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ballpoint pen spring point thrust tube joint clip thrust device cartridge push-button

ballpoint pen click to hear : ballpoint pen

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

spring click to hear : spring

Elastic metal part that compresses to push the refill out and relaxes to retract it.

point click to hear : point

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

thrust tube click to hear : thrust tube

Part that is activated by the push-button; it pushes out or retracts the writing tip when pressure is applied.

joint click to hear : joint

clip click to hear : clip

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

thrust device click to hear : thrust device

Protruding part that locks the thrust tube in a forward or retracted position.

cartridge click to hear : cartridge

Small reservoir containing ink and ending in a point.

push-button click to hear : push-button

Button controlling the mechanism that advances and retracts the cartridge.