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Pencil practically cannot be used without some kind of pencil sharpener. Were they simple knives or complex machines with many rotating elements, their purpose is to make a fine point to a pencil. Read more about pencil sharpener history, facts and types.
Compared with other art mediums, colored pencil is relatively new. It appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worthy especially when combined with other mediums. Here you can read more about colored pencil history.
Beginning of use of pen and ink marked the start of new era of easier recording of information. Without them, early scientific discoveries would be forgotten and development of humanity would be much slower.
Dip pens were one of the first mass-produced writing tools. They replaced quills and although an old invention they are still in use but more for drawing than for writing. Read more about history of dip pen.