Roman iron pencil - stilus ferreus
The iron pencil as a writing object was used for the lettering of slates and wax tablets until the 1960s. The look of the pencil mostly was round or square and their material was iron, bronze, bone or as well sometimes silver. The pencil was pressed into the wax with its top for writing in it. With the end (flat) smaller mistakes could be corrected, by smoothing the wax they could be made undone and then it could be used again.
- pencil’s length circa 12 cm
- forged iron
- pencil latin stilus
A very special writing experience it is, when the top of the forged pencil (lat. stilus) is craving into the soft beeswax of the wax tablet: letters, Roman numbers or simple notes or shopping lists, yes, even love notes get a very personal, unmistakable touch!
Pencil - stilus forged out of iron
Cool feels the pencil "stilus" true to a Roman model forged in handiwork in the melted wax process out of iron inside your hand. Such an extraordinary "notebook" with elegant writing object! The diversity in the form and decorations of the pencils in not to top - as well amongst all the discoveries form Antiquity! Inlays of silver filaments on the pencil’s shaft rare models showed. Probably the pencil - just like today’s writing objects, valuable fountain pens - were a symbol of status for its owner in Antiquity - from the simple fountain pen to the writing object of high quality with its golden quill. There not much has changed over the centuries. In its value maybe not that high, but in its abnormality of its writing experience the iron pencil for sure can keep up with original writing objects still today - for every friend of Antiquity anyway.
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