"He also would have familiarized himself with the tools of his future trade: the iron stylus and wax diptych for rough drafts and ephemera, the goose quill and the different grades of papyri for permanent documents," - Di Renzo, pg 4.
It is amazing to read about all the different types of tools that a scribe had to use in Roman times. Today it seems like a pen/pencil and notebook paper are such archaic forms of writing notes etc. I only make notations on hard copies of work and then end up typing up most of my assignments. Before the age of computers there was the pen and ink method of writing and long before that the Roman scribe method. It has literally been years since I have written a rough draft of anything on paper. I always type one up and then edit it from there. I also probably have a lot less patience then Tiro. He was raised to master a trade that we take for granted every day. Writing by hand is something that people are less prone do now that we are becoming more and more lazy.