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Last Updated: 10/17/2019

What is a Calligraphy Pen?

When searching online for a new calligraphy pen you may find that the results often will direct you to “fountain calligraphy pens”. This may lead to some confusion, and a newcomer to the world of calligraphy may not be aware of the difference between a calligraphy pen and a fountain pen. We therefore have put together this little primer so that you can decide for yourself which might be best for you.


Dip Pens:

The original calligraphy pens are otherwise also known as Dip Pens, stemming back to the early pens made from reeds or feather quills, used by dipping them it into the ink. A dip pen or nib pen usually consists of a metal nib mounted on a handle or holder, which can be made of wood, metal, feather quills or even glass. Generally speaking, dip pens have no ink reservoir; therefore, the user has to continue to dip the pen into ink in order to continue writing.


Advantages of Dip Pens:

The dip pen has certain advantages over a fountain pen. It can use waterproof pigmented (particle-and-binder-based) inks, such as so-called India Ink, drawing ink, or acrylic inks, or many different types of inks which would destroy a fountain pen by clogging it up or causing corrosion over time. There is also a wide range of readily exchangeable nibs available so different types of lines and effects can be created. The nibs and handles are far cheaper than most fountain pens, and allow color changes much more easily.

Nowadays dip pens are not used for regular writing as they were before, having being replaced by the more commonly used fountain pens. However, dip pens are still appreciated by artists and are preferred by calligraphers for fine writing, since they can make great differences between thick and thin lines, and generally write more smoothly than other types of pens.


Calligraphy Markers:

Broad edge Markers, available with a variety of felt tip nibs in various sizes, colors and shapes, they are used primarily for drawing, but can also be used for calligraphy writing. They are easy to use, especially for children, and there is no messing about with ink.


Pens are a calligrapher's most important tools.

Dip Pens that you dip into ink are the original way to write calligraphy and many people prefer these, since there is such a broad range of nibs available, they are less expensive and allow for more variations in the style of writing and switch colors. Fountain pens are less messy (the cartridges eliminate the need for bottled ink to dip into) and also beginners may find them easier to work with. If you do begin your study of calligraphy with fountain pens, you can switch over to dip pens once you have gained more experience.

Knowing that Pens are a calligrapher's most important tools. The most used styles of these are Fountain Pens and Dip Pens. Dip Pens that you dip into ink are the original way to write calligraphy and many people prefer these, since there is such a broad range of nibs available. Fountain pens are less messy (the cartridges eliminate the need for bottled ink to dip into) and also beginners may find them easier to work with. If you do begin your study of calligraphy with fountain pens, you can switch over to dip pens once you have gained more experience. Additionally, we also offer Artist Brush Pens for Brush Lettering Calligraphy, which are like broad edged markers.















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