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    Silver pen photo with handwritten text on cross section paper in the background

    Feel free to use the image in whatever way you want! I would be very grateful for a credit link to IF you publish this image on a reputable website (such as or in a reputable newspaper. Thank you!

    More information about ballpoint pens:

    A ballpoint pen is a writing instrument with an internal ink reservoir and a sphere for a point. The internal chamber is filled with a viscous ink that is dispensed at its tip during use by the rolling action of a small sphere. The sphere, usually from 0.5mm to 1.2 mm in diameter, may be made of brass, steel, tungsten carbide, or any durable, hard (nondeformable) material.

    There are two basic types of ball point pens: disposable and refillable.
    Disposable pens are chiefly made of plastic throughout and discarded when the ink is consumed; refillable pens are metal and some plastic and tend to be much higher in price. The refill replaces the entire internal ink reservoir and ball point unit rather than actually refilling it with ink, as it takes special high-speed centrifugation to properly fill a ball point reservoir with the viscous ink. The simplest types of ball point pens have a cap to cover the tip when the pen is not in use, while others have a mechanism for retracting the tip. This mechanism is usually controlled by a button at the top and powered by a spring within the pen body, but other possibilities include a pair of buttons, a screw, or a slide.

    Rollerball pens combine the ballpoint design with the use of liquid ink and flow systems from fountain pens; Space Pens, developed by Fisher in the United States, combine a more than normally viscous ballpoint pen ink with a gas-pressured piston which forces the ink toward the point. This design allows the pen to write even upside down or in zero gravity environments. A graphite pencil can also be used in this way but produces graphite dust, requires sharpening, and is erasable, making it undesirable or unsuitable for use in some situations.


    1. Linda*B 50 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful close up!

      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    2. Orice ♔ M A H A 50 months ago | reply

      brilliant !!
      it looks like it's a design not a captured photo =)
      well done

    3. photosteve101 50 months ago | reply

      hehe! no but its a real captured photo, without any editing! ;-) just wrote down some random text and gave it a try... I like the outcome! ;-)

    4. Orice ♔ M A H A 50 months ago | reply

      yeah I know and that what made me love it
      because it's look like a design but it's not and that's really so cool =)
      Keep it up well done indeed

      See Ya

    5. photosteve101 50 months ago | reply

      thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it!!!!

    6. suziqb 49 months ago | reply

      terrific shot!!!

    7. Jazzyblue TR 49 months ago | reply

      Quite nice....

    8. LauriePK 48 months ago | reply

      Love the photo! I hope you don't mind -- I used it in an article I wrote, called "Please Sir, I Want to be a Writer"

    9. photosteve101 48 months ago | reply

      Hi Laurie, thanks for using my picture on your website and I'm glad you like it!

    10. Simon 39 months ago | reply

      Many thanks for releasing this image under Creative Commons.

      We loved this image so much we used it to illustrate an article about writing to councillors on the Isle of Wight.

      Thanks again. Love VentnorBlog

    11. ambrosia63 [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

      To my new friends
      an Erato's card
      poetry to ward

    12. eSAT Prep Tips 39 months ago | reply

      Really cool picture that conjures up feelings of essay-writing! I used it in a blog post over at What is the best SAT essay length? Thanks for sharing it!

    13. 36 months ago | reply

      I used this photo on my website ( with credit and a link back. The link points back to your blog, as you requested. Thanks for making it available.

    14. ecosalonmagazine 36 months ago | reply


      We just want to let you know that we liked your photo so much we just featured it in an article at EcoSalon:

      Many thanks for making this photo available for CC use!

      - Mike from EcoSalon.

    15. carlini.sonia 17 months ago | reply

      Invito inoltrato dagli Admin del gruppo
      Invitation sent by group's Admin

      Wow factor
      !!!:::::#399 penne e matite:::::!!!
      Posta qui/Post it here

      Per partecipare ad una gara a numero chiuso (solo 30 foto),
      puoi postare in dimensione MEDIA 500

      To participate in a subject oriented contest limited to 30 images,
      please post your photo in MEDIUM size (500)

    16. Ultimate Toronto 10 months ago | reply

      Great shot, I've used this on an article about handwriting on my site with full photo credit to you, Steve:

    17. daeronbrandenburg 2 months ago | reply

      Hi Steve beautiful photo. I Used it on one of my blog posts. If you're interested you can find it here:

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