Comparing Implements for Writing

Although most writers these days prefer using electronic type writers, computers and laptops but the significance of conventional writing instruments can never be disregarded. You cannot have a type writer or a laptop in your pocket every time like a simple ball point or pencil. Hence, there has to be something unique about these writing instruments which make them good for this purpose.

Let us conduct a simple experiment in order to find out the which is the best conventional writing tool, when there can be some other instruments used for the same purpose. And, this can be a cost effective school project too!

Make sure that before trying to perform the experiment you have the below items available.

Required items:
– Ink (or edible colors)
– Paper
– Nail of normal size
– Toothpick (plastic or wooden)
– Plastic drinking straw
– Pen nib and pen holder
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pen or pencil
– Note Pad


  • 1

    Getting Started with Iron Nails

    Once you have all the above arranged, immerse the iron nail in the ink pot. Bring it out and make a straight line right to left, from one end of the paper to the other.

  • 2

    Try a Different Angle

    As you get close to the edge of the paper, carefully lift your hand. Now draw another line moving from left to right this time and continue until you have drawn several lines moving down the page.

  • 3

    Try Other Objects

    Once you are done with making lines with iron nail, repeat the same process by using toothpick, straw (cut at an angle), pen nib and pen holder.

  • 4

    Drawing Loops

    After you have used each of the available tools for drawing lines, use each one of them to draw the loops on another piece of paper.

  • 5

    Compare the Results

    Finally have the results analyzed. The tool which was able to draw the longest lines as well as loops easily and softly is the one best for writing. Hence, it will be found that a pen is best for writing when compared with other tools.

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