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The earliest record of a reservoir pen, the precursor to the modern fountain pen, dates back to 10th century Africa. Few details of the pen's mechanism are known and no examples of the pen's construction have survived. Progress was slow until A. A. Waterman of New York began to mass produce the nib-end ink pen. Early pens were filled by unscrewing a portion of the hollow barrel and inserting ink with an eyedropper. Although stylish in design, they tended to leak insider the cap and where the pen opened for refilling. For generations, the fountain pen has served as an everyday writing instrument and has attained a prestigious ownership status worldwide. Fountain pens have also served various artistic purposes such as calligraphy, pen and ink artwork as well as professional art design. Some proponents still believe their role in education should be continued since children learn expressive penmanship skills that give them more artistic control over their handwriting. Thanks for visiting the Pilot Pen website. Please continue to browse and let us know how we can improve your online experience.

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