Originally Posted by HarryT
Ancient history indeed
. We always used to have to write using inkpens in school - they were thought to result in better writing than ball-point pens. Very hard to write without smearing the ink if, like me, you're left-handed.
Ballpoints were definitely frowned upon. The worst of the inkwell was the boy who sat next to you and would put blotting paper in your inkwell so that when you dipped your nib, a bit of blotting paper would attach (and you wouldnt notice until you got blots all over your workbook).