Anatomy of a Stylus:

A Dissection


On the pages that follow is an in depth discussion of the parts of a stylus and their functions. All standard styluses are basically composed of two parts: a metal wax reservoir with writing tip, and a handle (generally wooden or plastic).  In the traditional styluses, the reservoir is attached to the handle either by wrapping with wire, or with a wire hook.  In the electric styluses, the reservoir is set into the heating element, which is the upper extension of the handle.

(Non-standard styluses–calligraphic pens and drop-pull styluses–will be discussed in depth separately on their own pages.)

An outline of this section:

                The Parts of a Stylus and their names (nomenclature)

                The Reservoir and Tip (Non-electric)

                The Reservoir and Tip (Electric)

                The Connecting Wire

                The Handle

(The Anatomical drawings on these pages are taken from the NIH website here.)

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The Parts of a Stylus