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Although the begin of writing instruments history is lost in the mists of time, the fountain pen has no more than two centuries. Although there are traces of ''reservoir pens'' up from the tenth century
BC, <ref>as reported in the article [http://www.penlovers.net/index.cfm?t=resources&s=fph A history of pen] showing the translation of an Egyptian document around 969 BC</ref> when the sultan of Egypt commissioned a pen that should not make stains on hands and clothes (which is still continues to happen) and was brought a pen with a tank, forerunner of modern fountain pens. But the first examples at least partially functioning fountain pens are dating approximately to the half of 1800, and only at the beginning of last century the fountain pens has actually become a reliable writing instrument.
For many centuries in fact the main writing instrument was the goose pen, until the use of metal nibs began to spread in mid of nineteenth century. Although they were an important innovation, metal nibs presented the inconvenience of the need of a continuous ink retip. For this reason, in the era of the industrial revolution, people began almost immediately to try to equip the nibs of some form of tank to solve this problem. These first attempts, however, always worked in an occasional and poor reliability.