How To Choose A Great Calligraphy Pen

Calligraphy Pen

An introduction to calligraphy pens

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Are you interested in the art of calligraphy? If you are, it’s great news! It did seem that interest in the art had dwindled for a long time, but things are looking up. There’s been a bit of a revival, many more people are taking a chance on this age old hobby. Though, when you are just getting started, it can be somewhat frustrating sorting things out. But that’s what I’m here for, to provide a guide so that you can find the best calligraphy pen suited for your needs. The four pen types that I will be reviewing today are calligraphy marker pens, calligraphy fountain pens, calligraphy dip pens and quills, and finally calligraphy brushes.

To start, I’d just like to quickly review the parts of a traditional calligraphy pen for those who aren’t yet familiar. There are 3 very simple components, which include:

– The calligraphy pen nib: This is the piece that regulates ink flow. They come in different sizes and therefore give different results. People will use varying types of nibs to change the look and style of their calligraphy.

– The pen handle: Can also be called the pen shaft or barrel. This part is self explanatory. The pen nib attaches and fits into the hadle.

– The calligraphy ink: Traditionally, the ink was not a part of the pen itself, but of course has always been a necessary component. Now, there are calligraphy pens which already contain the ink, such as felt tip calligraphy pens, and fountain calligraphy pens.

How to choose a calligraphy pen

There are many ways to go about choosing the best calligraphy pen for you. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Think about what is most important for you. Are you looking for an easy pen to start practicing with? Or are you perhaps looking for a calligraphy pen that is easy to travel with?

Eventually, as your skill level improves, you will probably want to try all the types on the market. Testing them all out can be fun.

The sections below are divided into the different kinds of calligraphy pens on the market. Each section describes the pen, the advantages and disadvantages to using each pen, and for what type of user the pen is best suited.

For the condensed version, scroll down to the table where I have summarized the information.

Calligraphy marker pen
Understanding calligraphy marker pens

Calligraphy marker pens are one of the newest additions to the calligraphy pen market. They can be incredibly handy. This type of calligraphy tool travels really well, is great when you’re dealing with a time crunch, comes is an assortment of really fun colors, is relatively inexpensive, and is very easy to find. A felt tip calligraphy pen used to letter a certificate or a large sign could be more ideal than using a different type of pen.

On the other hand, a marker is not the best tool if you are looking to produce high quality work. Some of the disadvantages to using a marker pen for calligraphy are:

Markers are disposable: They will run out of ink. Their ink also dries out pretty quickly. So while your costs are small in the short run, they can end up being higher over time because you will eventually have to repurchase.

They do not facilitate proper teaching technique: Whether you are holding the marker correctly or incorrectly, you’ll still be able to write with it. As a beginner, it is important to learn and become comfortable writing the correct way. With a dip pen and even a fountain pen, you will need to hold the pen correctly to get the pen to write.


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