12 Jun 2016

Quiz 11 - 10 Questions on Pen, Pencil and Eraser

1.Established in 1958, Hindustan Pencils Pvt. Ltd. are the largest pencil manufacturer in India. Which two well known brands do they own ? (Both Required)

2. Prior to the invention of the eraser in 1770 by Edward Nairne (better known for making the marine barometer), what was used by people in Europe to erase pencil marks?

The invention was described by Joseph Priestley on April 15, 1770, in a footnote in " A Familiar Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Perspective"

3. Hymen L. Lipman is credited with registering the first patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858. In 1862, Lipman sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000, who went to sue a pencil manufacturer for infringement. In 1875 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Reckendorfer declaring the patent invalid because his invention was actually a combination of two already known things with no new use.
Which pencil maker won the case ?

4. The small hole in the cap or lid of a pen is recommended by ISO 11540:2014. What is its purpose?

5.What was invented by Yukio Horie of Japan in 1962 and was ideally suited to the strokes of Japanese writing, which is traditionally done with a pointed ink brush ?

Yukio Horie, was the President of Pentel until his death in 2010

6.If you recollect your early school days you will remember a practice in which one used to keep a plane paper over a embossed surface and lightly rub it with a pencil, thus creating a image of the embossed surface on the paper. Such technique is also used in visual art in which an impression of the surface texture of a material, such as wood, is created by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing it with a soft pencil or crayon and often provides a starting point for more elaborate compositions such as paintings and collages.What is this art technique called?

One of the proponent of this technique was Max Ernst. Ernst was inspired by an ancient wooden floor where the grain of the planks had been accentuated by many years of scrubbing. He captured these by laying sheets of paper on the floor and then rubbing over them with a soft pencil.

7.The Japanese Kokuyo Co. Ltd. is a major share holder of which Indian company ?

Clue: When Kokuyo purchased 51% stake in 2011, it flipped its backward looking logo to forward looking.

8. When the swadeshi movement started in India, all the pens used for writing were imported from abroad. One day Gandhi met Kosuri Venkat, a local entrepreneur and encouraged him to start manufacturing pens. Thus this company was launched in 1932 and began manufacturing fountain pens at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. N Subba Rao Pantulu and S Kasturi Ranga Iyengar, the founders/managers of what is now The Hindu Group were the first people to buy these pens and were soon followed by Nehru, Gandhi and other Congress leaders. The pens are available even today and are handmade and take about 2 days to manufacture. Which company?

9. You can buy this pen made by the Italian car designer Pininfarina for 89 euros ...
or go for this cheaper Jac Zagoory pens for about 25euros...

What is their USP or what is special about these pens?

10. Frederick George Miles was a British aircraft designer and manufacturer of light civil and military aircraft . In 1943, Miles was shown a prototype of an invention and  he believed it to be of great use to aircraft navigators as it worked equally well at low altitudes and high altitudes. So Miles offered to produce them for the Royal Air Force. The ministry was worried that it would distract Miles from aircraft production but Miles eventually persuaded government officials to let him use 17 unskilled women to produce the invention commercially. At the end of the world war II, the factory employed 700 people, and was named the Miles Martin Company. What Invention am I talking about ?

F.G. Miles


  1. 1. Apsara & Natraj
    2. Bread
    3. Steadler
    4. Prevents cap from being a choking hazard if swallowed
    5. Felt tip pen
    6. Embossing
    7. Camlin
    8. Ratnam pens
    9. Write upside down /zero G
    10. Ball point pen

  2. 1 natural and apart
    3 parker
    4 to maintain air pressure to avoid spillage of ink
    5 calligraphy pen /nib
    7 camlin
    8 hero?this came in gouthami''s quiz
    9 writes in metal
    10 high altitude pen

  3. 1. Natraj, Apsara
    4. To prevent choking due to accidental swallowing.
    5. Felt pen
    7. Camlin
    8.Ratnam Pens
    9. They are used in metal work
    10. the clutch pencil

  4. 4. Prevents ink from over flowing

    10. Ball point pens

  5. 9 The nib is a part of the body of the pen and the ink flows only when actually writing

  6. 1 Nataraj and Apsara
    3 They actually named their son Hymen?! Staedtler?
    4 To stop ink leaking by equalizing the pressure on opening cap.
    5 Felt tip/ sketch pen.
    6 Impressio
    7 Camel / Camelin
    8 Damn, this was in one of the sunday quizzes.. :(
    9 They are styluses for touch screen devices.
    10 The ballpoint pen.

  7. 1. Apsara, Ajanta
    2. Their spit
    3. Faber-Castell?
    4. Keep air flowing over the nib and thus prevent ink from leaking out when the pen is not in use
    5. Calligraphic pen
    6. Rubbing :-)
    7. Camlin?
    8. Hindustan Pens
    9. They use a metallic ink
    10. Ball point pen

    – Annie

  8. 1. My pencils are Noor and Crayola??
    4. Condensation? (I wanted to say insects?)
    6. Tracing
    10. Not sure it as an invention but the availability of Biro like pens to the public rather than just military was through this firm.


  9. 1. Natraj and Apsara
    3. Faber castell
    5. Magic marker
    6. Etching
    7. Camlin
    9. No ink

  10. 1 Apsara and Nataraj
    2. Bread

    4 to prevent a vacuum seal
    6 Woodcuts


  11. Ancil Concesso14 June 2016 at 19:26

    1. Natraj and Apsara
    2. Cotton ball? Probably wet cotton?
    3. Staedtler
    4. So that the pen can be closed properly and once closed to be able to open without excessive effort
    5. Marker pen tips?
    6. Rubbart?
    7. Rotomac
    8. KV Pens??
    9. The body of these pens are metallic and there is no separate metal nib (the pen is one giant nib with ink tube embedded within?)
    10. Ball pen or felt pen?

  12. 1.Apsara and Nataraj
    4.Air movement
    5. Pencils with removable lead(can be clicked like a pen)