Welcome back as we continue to explore our curious collection of stationery terms, this week it’s D we will explore, as well as E and F.

A deckle is a key component in a paper making machine, as it keeps the slurry within the frame to control size.

The origins of the humble flat headed pin may surprise you. Initially used by draughtsmen to hold down their drawings, drawing pins soon caught on and became a staple piece of stationery in the home and office.

Electoral stain is a clever type of ink that is applied to voter’s fingers during an election to mark those that have voted, preventing double voting scams. Not quite caught red handed but you get the picture.

Elastic bands are probably one of the most simple stationery products but are used daily across the world to hold items together.

#Q How many elastic bands complied the biggest ever elastic band ball?

#A The massive rubbery ball was made by Joel Waul using a whopping 700,000 elastic bands. It is more than 8ft (2.4m) tall and weighs 9,032lb (4,097kg).

Along with the usual stationery terms such as Easels, Envelopes, and Erasable pens you have the simple Eraser. Ever wondered how people rubbed out markings before the invention of the rubber eraser? Bizarrely with stale bread! Functional and a tasty snack as well.

Do you ever find yourself pausing mid-sentence to carefully study the top of your pencil and absently wonder what the small metal band is called that holds on the eraser? No? Well we are going to tell you anyway! It’s a Ferrule. Ferrules can be found on many stationery articles, such as pens and paintbrushes to attach materials to a shaft.

Foolscap was the standard size of writing paper before A4 took the crown, and earnt its name due to the watermark of a jesters cap on it in the 18th Century.

Fineliners are a type of pen with extremely thin nibs designed for the most intricate writing and colouring.

Ever heard of Franking? A chap called Engle Frankmussler was the hero that invented the franking machine. Allowing the users to pay for postage via Royal Mail, without the need for stamps.

And that brings us to the end of this week’s exciting journey into the rarely explored terms of stationery. Next week it’s G, H and I who will be revealing what the tip of the finest calligraphy brush is called and of course what a helmet base is.

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