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It was commercially available by 1819 and mass produced by 1830. Before then, it was feathers and reeds. I think I can see an influence on drawing techniques & styles around this time that could be attributed to the tougher, springier nature of steel.
Dumb question maybe, but, is there a corresponding influence of the steel pen nib on calligraphy, and by extension, extrapolation or stylistic influence or whatever on type design?