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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 point joint clip push-button ball bearing ink refill

ballpoint pen click to hear : ballpoint pen

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

point click to hear : point

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

joint click to hear : joint

clip click to hear : clip

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

push-button click to hear : push-button

Button controlling the mechanism that advances and retracts the cartridge.

ball bearing click to hear : ball bearing

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 : ink

Black or colored liquid used for writing.

refill click to hear : refill

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