You might not realize it, but the invention of the ballpoint pen was a major technological innovation in the industrialized world. Over on the Atlantic, Josh Giesbrecht talks about how the pen changed how we put words down to paper.
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Huh, never thought about that before.
Also, I guess another thing was that fountain pens are way heavier than ball points. Trying to print with a fountain is probably be murder on your wrist in the long run.