"The Children's Encyclopaedias"; How Steel Pens and Nibs are Made, 1899

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how steel pens
and nibs
are made

HOW STEEL PENS AND NIBS ARE MADE from "The Children's Encyclopaedias"
Published in 1899 by "Carmelite House" in London.

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Steel pens go through sixteen processes, some of which are shown on this page. Here we see the steel from which the pens are made, and the annealing pots, or boxes, in which strips of metal are heated and softened.
In these pictures we see the strips of steel being rolled, in readiness for the stamping out of the pen shape. This rolling process makes the strips of steel uniform in thickness to the ten-thousandth part of an inch.
The shapes are stamped out, heated in furnaces, and then put into vats of oil to harden them as shown here.
Here we see the metal, and the shape stamped from it. The pen, quite ready for use, is shown on the right.

The photographs on this page are taken in the factory of Messrs. William Mitchell, Ltd.