Calligraphy italic pens: Italic Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set

Can I get a fountain pen with an italic nib?

We stock a number of pens with italic nibs at a wide range of price points.

  • Kaweco – pens with chrome trim have the option of 1.1, 1.5, 1.9 or 2.3mm italic nibs. These nibs are flat and untipped but with rounded edges for easy writing.  Price range under £20.
  • Lamy – all Lamy fountain pens (apart from the 2000) can be fitted with the Lamy “joy” steel nib in either 1.1, 1.5 or 1.9mm sizes (part number Z50). These nibs are flat and untipped with a straight edge but rounded edges for easy flowing writing.  The image below is the Lamy Joy, Lamy’s “calligraphy” pen.  Price range £15 – £200
  • Edison – pens with steel nibs have the option of 1.1 or 1.5mm flat, untipped nibs. These nibs have rounded edges for easy flowing writing.  The picture is for illustration of the style of Edison pen but does not show an italic nib. Price range under £200
  • TWSBI – most TWSBI fountain pens have a 1. 1mm or 1.5mm italic option. These nibs are flat and untipped with a straight edge but rounded edges for easy flowing writing. The picture below is the TWSBI Eco which is a great budget calligraphy pen.  The Diamond 580, Diamond Mini and Mini Vac as well as the Vac 700R all have italic nib options.  Price range £30-£70
  • Parker – the Duofold models have fine and medium italic options (there is also a broad italic option available so please ask for details). These nibs are flat-tipped to give a fairly crisp line with the amount of variation between a flat untipped nib and a stub.  Price range £300-£400.
  • Conway Stewart – Custom ground italic nibs are available for all models to either stub or cursive italic Price range £400+
  • Visconti – the “Dream Touch” palladium nib has a 1.3mm stub option, available on the Homo Sapiens, Divini, Medici.  (Homo Sapiens Bronze shown with medium nib). Price range £475+
  • Sailor – the “music” nib is a broad stub that gives very good line variation. This option is available on some 1911 and Professional Gear models. Price range £125-£400
  • Pelikan Some versions of the Traditional Series M200 were made “italic” nib option, not currently available.  These nibs is actually more like a stub in that it has tipping but the line variation is quite crisp.  We also offer custom ground cursive italic nibs for Pelikan pens.  Pen shown with standard nib. Price range £150-£500

Please refer to individual model descriptions for further details and availability.

Manuscript Master Italic Calligraphy Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

The Manuscript Master Italic Calligraphy Pen is a fountain pen that comes with a 1.1mm steel italic nib. It was sent to me to review by Cult Pens and is available from them for £14. 99.

The pen is made from soft touch kind of plastic which is comfortable to hold and a nice change from hard plastic. The look and feel of this material places the pen firmly in its correct price range: not at all cheap and nasty but far from luxury.

Likewise the overall look is the classic cigar shape, with subtle branding, a plain (not very exciting) matt black colour and a cheap looking but effective clip.

The metal section is great, though, with a gentle grip and a clear collar around the nib that fill with ink and looks lovely.

The pen uses standard international cartridges. Manuscript make their own convertor, which I’ve not tried, but the pen will take some but not all other makes of standard-sized convertors. I used a Waterman one, which I’ve found is one that will fit most pens.

The Manuscript Master Italic Calligraphy Pen is by definition a pen meant for calligraphy. I am not that great at calligraphy and so will restrict my comments to the performance of the nib in general writing. It’s a very sharp italic and there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s the very definition of an italic nib. It does mean you need to be careful with it – I’ve dug it into the paper on a couple of occasions – but I won’t criticise an italic nib for being an italic nib.

What I will criticise it for though is that with a dry-ish ink (such as almost every J. Herbin ink) it puts down an occasionally inconsistent line. Some of the blame does need to lie with the ink but I do think a calligraphy pen ought to be quite wet and put down a good amount of ink, whatever it is.

Reviewing a pen that is either wonderful or terrible is easy. Reviewing a pen that is somewhere in the middle is harder. The Manuscript Master Italic Calligraphy Pen is perfectly fine. The nib is okay but not spectacular. The look is very safe, nothing too terrible, nothing to get your heart racing. It should never be anyone’s first pen, an italic nib is likely to put a new fountain pen user off, but it’s worth considering if you want to dip your toes into something different. I’d have a good look at the Pilot Plumix first though: the nib is a little better but the rather more eccentric style may not be for everyone.

Thank you to Cult Pens for sending me this pen to review. These are my own views and were not influenced in any way by Cult Pens.

Italic | Patricia Lovett MBE

Some people think that calligraphy is essentially black writing with perhaps a touch of red. How limiting! Calligraphy can be any and every colour. One way of using colour that I really like is where the pen actually mixes the colour, as on the right. It’s not one line one colour and one line another, but two colours which are mixed, somewhat randomly, as you write.




It is a good idea to choose two colours which have greater contrast than the two in the piece above, but the extract was about water and fishing, so to echo that I chose a bluey-green and a greeny-blue. The text was Welsh with an English translation. So, to start I wrote  out the text in differing styles and heights of letters; after experimenting I decided on Italic for the Welsh and tiny dancing capitals for the English. I had a smallish piece of vellum so I didn’t want to use a large nib. I chose a Mitchell/Manuscript size 5 for both styles of writing, and a size 6 for the title and dedication line to be positioned at the bottom, and then wrote out the words

The lines were of very varied lengths, so a right or left alignment would leave a rather ragged edge. I decided on a centred arrangement after a bit of experimentation. I cut up the lines, measured each one and marked the centre point then placed them on another piece of paper to see how it would look, and where the title and dedication line should be positioned.


Once all the decisions had been made, I prepared the vellum (see my Illumination DVD and Illumination: Gold and Colour book here), ruled the lines and mixed up the paint. Writing with two colours in the pen is not quite as hit-and-miss as it may seem at first. With this process individual letters usually consist of more than one colour, and if this doesn’t come out of the pen then it needs to be ‘engineered’. The Calligraphy Clip (see below) shows how to do this. The pen isn’t filled as is usual, but one colour just ‘tipped’ on to the underneath of the pen with a brush, As each stroke is written, the colours in the previous letters and also the ones above need to be taken into account to ensure an overall even effect – not too much of one colour, not too much of the other, and not too much of the mix. Sometimes it’s necessary to go over some strokes with a different colour to ensure this. It certainly doesn’t encourage rhythm and flow, but can be most effective. I find it very appropriate for when I’m asked to write out pieces for weddings or anniversaries; each colour represents one person and the mix of colours suggests their lives together.

This piece has more contrast in the colours, as they are vermilion and ultramarine.





This Calligraphy Clip explains how to use two colours in the pen and demonstrates the process, and some of the pitfalls.

FP Nib Details and Info
– Franklin-Christoph


Franklin-Christoph features fountain pen specialty nibs, customized by the Japanese nib master Yukio Nagahara, along with S.I.G. nibs ground in house, and a host of various factory formed nibs. Our High Performance Steel (HPS) and 14K specialty nibs include many choices achieve exquisite distinction in performance for your handwriting style. All pens that we ship have been tuned and tested, and sometimes ink tested, so you may at times find traces of ink residue or more likely a little remaining water within the nib and feed. 

Smaller F-C pens use the #5 size nibs, while larger pens use the #6 size nibs. The nib units (nib, feed, and housing) unscrew and are interchangeable between #5 pens and between #6 pens.  

#5: Models 14, 25, 26, 26, 28, 29, p40, 45, 45L, 55, and 65.

#6: Models 01, 02, 03, 17, 19, p20, 20, 31, 33, 40, 46, p66, and 66. 

Nagahara options:

  • Classic Italic nibs consist of a flat tip with flattened bottom iridium. Italics are typically used more for slow calligraphic writing, with stark edges for broad down strokes and very thin side strokes. These Italic nibs are sometimes called “Sharp Italic” are best suited for calligraphers, or the otherwise trained hand, unless made as “cursive” – see below. 

Franklin-Christoph Italic nibs are customized on the smoother cursive side as described below. 


  • Cursive Italic nibs –  you might hear the word “cursive” used when describing a kind of italic nib. This is usually where the nib master smooths the contact line of the nib and the corners so that what is contacting the paper is a little smoother and more forgiving for normal cursive writing. The bottom of the iridium is still sharper than a stub, however, making the portion of the tip that is in contact with the paper thinner than a stub. These nibs usually offer mild feedback. Our Fine C. Italics are round to approximately .55mm. Medium C. Italics are ground to approx. .7mm. Broad Cursive Italic nibs are ground to approx. .9mm


  • Stub nibs are similar to cursive italics but with the bottom iridium left more rounded  though flatter than a stock medium or broad nib,  so that a larger vertical surface touches the paper. What you give up in line sharpness of the italic, you gain in smoothness with the stub. A Stub nib still gives you line variation but is easier to write with in your everyday handwriting. Our Medium Stub nibs are ground to approx. .7mm. Broad Stub nibs are ground to approx .9mm. 


  • Needlepoint nibs are carefully ground to a smaller tip. Needlepoints are commonly used in printing and numbering with small clean lines. We recommend these nibs for this kind of specialty writing/drawing. Our needlepoints are ground to approx .25mm. Try our extra-fine for a more ideal nib for use in script writing which has a .35mm – .4mm.


Nagahara Customized #5 and #6 line width estimates:

​N = Needlepoint .25mm
FI = Fine Italic .55mm
MI = Medium Italic .7mm
MS = Medium Stub .7mm
BI = Broad Italic .9mm
BS = Broad Stub .9mm





F-C Ground by Audrey Matteson

  • S.I.G. Nibs are our in house nib grind, the S.I.G. for Stub. Italic. Gradient. – the smooth feel of a stub with the line variation closer to a cursive italic. Gradient – means that it offers similar line variation at different angles from steep to shallow – more versatile for various angles of handwriting. This nib variation was originally developed by the late Jim Rouse.  



Factory Shaped Nibs

  • Cursive Calligraphy nibs – these are actually factory made nibs which are very much like the stub nib tips, but are outside of the normal nib tip range so warrant reviewing here. The 1.1cc is very much like a broad stub, while the 1.4cc (on #5 nibs) and the 1.5cc (on #6 nibs) are like double broad stubs. These are not iridium tipped, which is not particularly needed on large HPSteel italicized nibs, and write smoothly with stub like line variation. 


  • The Christoph nib is a factory produced nib exclusive to Franklin-Christoph. It has a two slit / three tine design commonly known as a music nib. This nib has a broad downstroke and thin sidestroke like any italic. The thickness of the lines can be controlled with angle as well. It’s a versatile nib with a smooth feel – used for cursive writing, lettering, gothic printing, calligraphic writing and of course for creating music notes. To create music notes, the proper way to angle the nib is with the broad edge perpendicular to the page line, creating a thin downstroke and thick sidestroke. This allows for the thin vertical lines and easy filling in of the ball shapes on music notes. The two nib slits spread the ink nicely for a consistent level of ink on the paper, with the feed designed for the ink to spread amongst its comb. As popular as this nib is, if you have really small handwriting it might be too broad for you. Otherwise, it can be a joy! 


  • Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, and Broad Nibs are more rounded on the end and are more forgiving. These are designed for everyday handwriting. They don’t typically give you line variation, but they are more forgiving with rolling the nib tip, and thus are very popular. See handwriting samples below. 


Nib tip tips:

  • If this is your first foray into trying an italicized nib, we recommend you try a stub over a cursive italic. The stub or cursive calligraphy nibs are more forgiving and smooth feeling than the sharper italics while training yourself to write with this type of nib, or just for faster writing in general.

  • If you are new to fountain pens or tend to write with more hand pressure with your normal rollerball or ballpoint, we recommend a steel nib over a gold. The gold is soft and will spread too wide with too much hand pressure. Steel nibs are more likely to retain their shape and position over time.

  • The Needlepoint is a highly specialized nib and doesn’t work well with most cursive handwriting. It is mainly for lettering, character drawing and fine printing. It will naturally feel scratchy (lot’s of feedback) when making more circular cursive motions. 


Factory #5 and #6 line width estimates:

​XF = Extra-FIne .4mm
F = Fine .5mm
M = Medium .6mm
B = Broad .8mm
1.1 = Cursive Calligraphy
1.4 Cursive Calligraphy (#5 only)
1. 5 = Cursive Calligraphy (#6 only)
1.9 C= Christoph Nib (#6 only)

Handwriting Samples:

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Turn Your Writing into Art with a Great Calligraphy Set –

Imagine a dozen or so people bent over paper, each one doing both the same thing as the others and doing something entirely different. This is “A Brush with Silence,” a live exhibition created by artist and calligrapher Brody Neuenschwander, which gathers calligraphers who write in a range of languages and scripts. Attendees can observe the many nuances between Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic, Western, and other calligraphic scripts. One of the oldest visual art forms in history, calligraphy is an all-encompassing term that not only spans cultures, each with their own requisite tools, but history. While Western calligraphy traditionally uses flat- and flex-nib pens to create script, Eastern calligraphy tends toward brushes and Arabic calligraphy often uses a hollow reed pen. Today, chisel- and brush-tip markers can be used for colorful calligraphy. For the best calligraphic pen sets with which to achieve a range of styles, explore the following options.

1. Speedball Complete Calligraphy Kit

Speedball offers a number of western calligraphy sets depending on differing needs, but this one is the most versatile—for right-handed folks. Along with the standard pen barrel, it includes an oblique nib holder that makes a right slant easier for righties. Even if the oblique barrel is not useful for you, this set is still an excellent package, and includes 12 milliliters of a rich black acrylic ink, a pen cleaner, a 1.3 millimeter marker, a 50-sheet practice pad, and Speedball’s comprehensive textbook.

Speedball Complete Calligraphy Kit


2. Cretacolor Calligraphy Set

German art supply company Cretacolor makes an admirable no-nonsense western calligraphy set of high quality materials. The stylish pen comes with 3 flat-edge tips ranging from 1.1 millimeters to 1.9 millimeters and 6 ink cartridges in black, blue, red, and green. Unlike other sets that are built to be discarded in favor of a nicer set once the learner has mastered the basics, this long-lasting one can grow with you. The included ink converter makes it easy to refill the pen with your choice of ink.

Cretacolor Calligraphy Set


3. Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set

Traditional western calligraphy pens have a single plate that has 2 tines, between which ink flows. These pens from Pilot reinvent the form by using 2 whole plates laid on top of each other, with ink that flows between them. The result is a smooth writing experience and dramatic changes in line thickness. This package comes with 4 different pens, each with a single nib and red and black ink cartridges. The included cleaning tools keep the sharp pens in tip-top shape.

Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set


4. Hajj Wafaa Arabic Calligraphy Set

There are many forms of Arabic and Persian calligraphy, but most feature dense script in black ink. One traditional tool is the Celi tip, which is a flat nib made from hardwood. The drilled reservoir holes hold and distribute ink evenly as the tip sweeps across the page. It is also an accessible tool for any calligraphers trained on western calligraphy pens, as it functions similarly to a rigid italic tip.

Hajj Wafaa Arabic Calligraphy Set


5. Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pen Set

For traditional Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, one must use a brush. But today, brush pens allow for much of the same experience without the need for a separate inkwell. This disposable set from Japanese company Kuretake includes 4 sizes of brush-tip markers. One of the brushes has a brush head with separated bristles, which takes more practice to use but can create the visible brushstrokes that are impossible with felt-tip markers.

Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pen Set


Basic Grinds Explained

(This page revised June 23, 2020)

The most commonly asked question that we receive is, “What is the difference between your various nib grinds?”

We work with nibs for eight to ten hours a day, and we often forget that what we take for granted can be confusing to others. The basic purpose for any grind is to produce a nib shape that suits your needs. It might be to bring line variation to your writing, or it might be to make the nib write a finer line, or it might even be to make the nib write better for the way you handle the pen.

Round Nib Tip

The standard “out of the box” round nib will produce approximately the same width line on the cross stroke as it does on the down stroke. If this is what you want, but your pen is producing a line that is too broad, reducing the tip size will yield the finer line that you want, from extra fine down to triple extra fine.

But what about the specialty grinds, what kind of variation and writing experience do they offer? The grinds that we do vary in their smoothness and in the amount and type of line variation they do. Here’s the essential information about each of our grinds.

Stub Italic

This grind gives you the least amount of line variation of the four grinds, but it is the easiest to use. It is thicker, with more rounding to the edges. Stub italics generally make for bold writing.


This is a specialty grind that Linda developed initially for a client who has a hand tremor. The client wanted to continue to write with a fountain pen that produced line variation but needed a nib that was more forgiving than a cursive italic. In term of its line variation, the DailyItalic falls somewhere between a cursive italic and a stub italic. It has become a favorite among our clients because of its forgiving nature with rotation or under pressure. If a cursive italic is too toothy for you but you want more variation than a stub offers, then this is the grind to choose.

Cursive Italic

This is the grind that most people who want a lot of line variation ask for. Like a crisp italic, it produces a distinct size variation between the down and cross strokes, but there is slightly less variation than with the crisp italic, and its corners are not as precise. The smaller size of this grind can still feel toothy if you rotate and press heavily.

Architect Italic

A nib shape developed as an Arabic/Hebrew italic by Richard Binder and later discovered to exist on a single Sheaffer prototype pen from the 1960s; designed to create broad strokes in a generally sidewise direction (relative to the nib itself) and very thin strokes in a generally up-and-down direction. Note, however, that in general this nib is not useful for calligraphy in such styles.

Sharpened Italic

A variation of crisp italic nib developed by John Mottishaw, in which edges are sharply defined as on a crisp italic; a calligrapher’s nib. To reduce the likelihood that the nib will dig into the paper upon rapid changes from up/down to sidewise motion, the outside corners — but not the edges — are slightly rounded (not to the same degree as on a cursive italic) as shown above.

Crisp Italic

A properly ground crisp italic will produce the most line variation of all the italics. The edges of a crisp italic are flat and almost knifelike to produce precise lines and sharp corners. This is not a typical daily use grind. Rather than for writing, it is most commonly used for calligraphy or for careful printing. Under even moderate pressure or with any rotation while writing, this nib will feel very toothy.


For reference on stroke width please refere to our Stroke Width Chart.

The images in this article are © Used with permission.


Learning Italic Calligraphy {#LoveYourLettering} – CreativLEI

We’re getting back on track today in our #LoveYourLettering series after a little hiatus while I was out of town at the amazing 2:1 Conference this past weekend.

Learning how to use a broad nib pen for italic calligraphy.

Just like we practiced our print handwriting and cursive, while using a fine point pen, now we’ll do similarly with a calligraphy pen.

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If you would like to download and print a slanted grid paper to practice, there are a few available on (I prefer the slant of the ‘script’ options.) You can also find pads of calligraphy paper for purchase.

You can use the checkerboard to help set the size you’ll work on, if you’re not using calligraphy paper. I worked my samples in my grid notebook. (You could even trace the slanted guidelines of the printable paper and then slip that between the taped together sheets as a shadow guide.)

The difference between printing and this italic style, is the slant. You are still going to keep the nib (tip) of that pen at the same angle for the entire letter.

Be sure to leave enough space between lines for ascending letters and descending letters to avoid crossing each other in a way that would cause two broad lines to overlap.

Once you feel comfortable with the basic flow of each letter, try writing a few words. This will allow you to work on letter joins, if they’re appropriate. Some tails want to connect. Don’t add a tail where it wouldn’t come naturally.

Here was our Periscope demonstration of this technique. Thanks for your excitement as we continue!

Which pen have you found to be the most comfortable for this portion of the series?

**You can find all of the previous assignments on the series index page here (or by clicking on the image above). A list of basic lettering supplies can be found in this post.**

90,000 Calligraphy in Italics: What you need to know

If you don’t know how to write in italics, rejoice: in fact, there is nothing difficult here! In this article, you will find a free printable sample that teaches you letterforms, connections, and a few simple rules.

Teaching cursive to students is a hot topic in the United States. Many of my young students – who have not studied italics – wonder if knowing the cursive technique will affect their ability to learn calligraphy with a fountain pen.

Answer? Well, it probably affects your learning ability, yes. It is, of course, useful to know how the letters connect to each other in italics before you decide to tackle styles that use a nib for calligraphy. So try learning italics first.

What is italics?

When we talk about “cursive writing” we mean a letter that contains letters that are related to each other. Many of these letters are recognizable to those who can read from typing.Some letters – for example, the uppercase “Q” and the uppercase “b” – look completely different from the print, but once you see them once, you will remember what it looks like next time!

Italic was originally developed as a way to write faster and more efficiently. You almost never lift your pen off the paper while writing in italics, which allows you to work faster. This used to be important because before the era of pens, people wrote with pens.

Is italic still relevant?

Is calligraphy up-to-date or out of date? This issue is causing a lot of discussion.E! Online has published an article claiming that italics are “a big old waste of time.” Time disagrees and writes that italics can be seen as a way to teach children to think of words as whole rather than parts (because the letters are connected).

I have no compelling reason to learn this style. Do I think this should be taught in schools? Yes. But, nevertheless: I cannot say that a person cannot function in the “real world” without studying it.After all, most of our messages are in block letters like the ones you are reading at this very moment.

Learn to write in italics

Several US schools are introducing this technique into their curriculum. Remember that italics are nothing more than connected letters. Most letters just look like fancier versions of their printed counterparts. Of course, there are a few different letters, but you can remember them.

In order to learn this technique on your own, a free example will help you – you can download it here.The first page of the example shows what simple italic letters look like. I know it is sometimes difficult to look at a letter and immediately understand how to write it, so the second part of the first page uses letters and dots to show how to shape each letter.

The second page of the example lists some very simple rules. All lowercase letters can be connected with letters before or after them, and an example shows you these connections. Capital letters are a little more complicated: some of them have to stand alone.You will also find examples of these letters.

Believe it or not, you don’t need special calligraphy tools to learn this technique – just your desire and time! Hold the sample as if you were filling out a to-do list or writing down the necessary purchases. The movement will be very slow at first, but with practice you will achieve acceleration.

Additional Resources

For those who need intense practice, you can find some helpful printed material on the K5 Learning website.If you already know how to write in Italic and just want to improve your handwriting, you will love these 8 tips.

What’s more, you can shake it up and create your own customized letters to reflect your personal style! Once you learn how to write like my example, you can change the letters. Take a look at some examples of inspiration and try experimenting with different letterforms.

Hope these tips help you learn to write in italics – or help your loved ones.Good practice and success!

Source: The Postman’s Knock

If you want to create the same amazing work, in “Sei-Hai Knowledge” you will find useful calligraphy lessons

Read also:

Cyrillic calligraphy: illuminating the text with gilding

Calligraphy: what to do if ink flows

7 mistakes of a freelance calligrapher and artist

90,000 For beginners

For beginners

Everyone can learn calligraphy.Even if you think your handwriting is disgusting, there is someone who wants you to sign wedding invitations with a fountain pen. People especially like modern calligraphy because it blatantly ignores traditional rules and emphasizes individuality.

Artificial calligraphy

Fake Calligraphy is a great italic font that you can use to learn how to use a fountain pen. Although, to be honest, it is technically not “fake”.It’s still calligraphy, it just doesn’t need a fountain pen. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced calligrapher or just starting out, fake calligraphy is a very important technique with which you will learn how to write on any surface.

This type of calligraphy is more time consuming than fountain pen calligraphy. However, if you need to write a simple phrase, then this technique will seem fun to you and you will love the excellent result that you can achieve with it.

So, first write your phrase in plain italics. Don’t worry if you don’t write in the way shown in the sample below – just write as good as you can. This technique works with almost all connected letters.

Then you need to draw lines to indicate the bulges. They appear when your hand moves downward to create part of the letter. For example, in the letter “a,” the first curve on the left is a thickening, then you drag the pen to the right and down again to indicate the right leg of the letter “a,” and another thickening appears there.

When you have defined all the bumps, just fill in the empty spaces.

Fake Calligraphy is a fun and easy way to understand calligraphy. By the way, people often cannot tell fake calligraphy from real one.

Straight pen holder and nibs themselves

For beginners, it is better to use a plastic or cork holder, it will be more cost effective.

Then you need feathers.

These are the three nibs best suited for beginners:

  • Feather Brause Steno
  • Feather Brause Rose
  • Nib Brause Extra Fine 66

The pen should now be inserted into the holder

You will need to carefully make a wedge, as shown in the photo above, which will be located between the outer metal circle and the petals inside.It seems to you that the pen should be in the middle, but it is not.

Always grip the middle of the nib and avoid the teeth as they are sharp and can hurt you, just as you can bend them if you inadvertently squeeze them harder than necessary.


You can use sketch paper or any paper that is suitable for calligraphy because of its ink absorption quality. If the paper absorbs too much, then you will end up with an ink web around the letters.


For beginners, Speedball India ink or Sumi ink is best. Many people try Higgins, but they give that awful cobweb effect mentioned above.

Water for washing the pen

You must clean the water every couple of minutes.

How to hold the pen

To create modern calligraphy, you can hold the nib just like a normal pen.Only the fountain pen needs to be held tighter. Hold it with your thumb and forefinger, use your middle finger for support and a tighter grip, and use your ring and pinky fingers for support.

You are now ready to write! Dip your nib into the ink up to the middle of the hole (the hole is that hole in the middle of your nib).

The most important difference between a fountain pen and a regular pen is that the pen should slide over the paper, you don’t need to press on it like you do with a normal pen.Otherwise, the nib will catch on the paper and you will end up with splashes of ink. Watch a few videos on how to hold a fountain pen and handle ink.

As a beginner, you may find yourself in a situation where the ink refuses to transfer from pen to paper. There is a simple trick to persuade him to do this: simply “kiss” the tip of the feather to the water and try again. The ink should now behave just fine!

If the ink is old and clogs the nib, let it sit in the water for a few seconds, then wipe it off with a soft cloth that leaves no thread behind.

90,000 5 reasons to love calligraphy with the Pilot parallel pen

The first thing you think about when looking at the parallel pen from the Japanese manufacturer Pilot – these pens are not made to admire: a plastic body, a simple plastic cap. A thin nib that, on close inspection, turns out to be two parallel barbed steel plates. Plastic ink cartridge.

However, losing to feathers in external grace, “parallels” Pilot leave behind many in the competition for convenience and functionality.We tested all 4 pens in the collection and found 5 great reasons to love calligraphy with them.

1. Trains patience and concentration

In a world that screams through news and instant messengers, demands our attention every second, patience and the ability to focus on time becomes a treasure. Facebook hasn’t loaded for 7 seconds, and you shrug your shoulders in displeasure? It seems that you need to learn again to leave the superfluous outside the boundaries of consciousness.

By drawing calligraphic letters, waiting for the ink to dry, repeating fonts that do not work the first time, you slow down the pace of life, give yourself a break and the opportunity to think about important things.

At the same time, the main thing is not to overdo it with tasks and tools, so that calligraphy does not seem too complicated. Instead of the traditional pen with straight or beveled grips that require maintenance, start with the Pilot parallel pen.

First, the dual pen design allows continuous strokes of any length. If the pen is applied to the paper along the full width of the nib, the line will be thick, if one edge is thin. When using a regular pen, the thickness of the lines is controlled by pressure, and this is much more difficult.The special nib in the “parallel” provides an even flow of ink.

Secondly, the cap is securely screwed onto the body, so the handle will not leak in a bag or pencil case. A special rib prevents it from spinning and rolling on the table. To prepare the pen for use, you just need to remove the cap.

Thirdly, parallel pen can be easily refueled with ink cartridges, red and black are immediately included in the kit. No need to fool around with inkpots, rags and special solutions.

2. Opens the path to fame

Let’s not strive for the greatness of the calligraphers who created the logos of Coca-Cola, Esquire, H&M, painted all the important inscriptions in the books and films about Harry Potter. It is worth starting with the most popular fonts Gothic, Italic, Roman and later moving on to decorative display fonts. The manufacturer included detailed graphic instructions in the set for the parallels foams: using it you can learn the drawing of all letters, try different font sizes and create a simple ornament.

The pens of the Japanese company are available in four versions: with a nib width of 1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8 mm and 6 mm. With a 6mm pen, you can draw posters and signs.

In this video, the artist draws a dog and a man in a “parallel” with a 6 mm feather.

Belief in yourself will not hurt in any business. As Bridget Jones sang in the film about herself – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. This rule also applies to calligraphy: surprisingly, the ironic video of the Berlin blogger THEOSONE, in which he tests the Pilot parallel pen and draws intricate Gothic and Arabic lettering, has received 1 million 200 thousand views on YouTube.This is 2.5 times more than the new clip of the “Boombox” group. There is something to think about.

3. Gives an inexpensive hobby

Pilot Parallel Pen Set contains not only the pen itself and two ink cartridges, but also a pump for rinsing the tool and a thin piece of plastic for cleaning the nib between the plates. The cartridges can be refilled with any water-based ink using a syringe, but it is easier to buy an original set of 12 inks in bright, spring colors.

There is a steel ball inside the ink cartridge that prevents air bubbles inside, so they last longer. The nib is screwed onto the transparent part of the pen and this allows you to see if the ink is being used up evenly. By the way, they are consumed in the pilot’s pens very quickly.

In addition to pen and ink, a novice calligrapher only needs examples of fonts and exercises that can be downloaded from thematic sites. Together with the right paper, preparation for the class will cost less than three dance lessons.

4. Develops pleasure

Day by day, reality is becoming more and more virtual: work is immaterial, and so are the results. At the end of the day, we have nothing to look around to feel the satisfaction of work. When there is free time, it is “eaten up” by TV shows, chats, Instagram photos and computer games.

Calligraphy is a special kind of “manual labor”, the results of which can be seen here and now.Classes are good for the psyche, promote physical relaxation, and fight visual noise that fills everything around.

To enhance the therapeutic effect, pour yourself a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, turn on good music, prepare the table for work – there should be nothing superfluous on it, only writing tools. Spend a few hours with yourself. The more comfortable you get in, the more enjoyment you will get, and the more serious your calligraphy success will be.And vice versa: the more beautiful the “drawing” turns out, the more it will delight you.

By the way, Pilot parallel pen differs from other calligraphy tools in its ability to mix colors! Craftsmen from explain how to get a gradient: two pens with inks of different colors must be aligned perpendicularly with the tips of the nibs and held for a while. The ink from the top pen will flow into the bottom pen, and the resulting color will be unique.

5. Helps to open a business in a non-obvious way

It often happens that a frivolous hobby becomes a business and brings in more money than a “serious” job.Many calligraphers started drawing and blogging for fun, but soon they were already making invitations to weddings, business cards, cafe menus, decorating mirrors, custom-made celebrations, decorating dishes and other household utensils – whatever they did. Did these people have a special talent? Most likely, they studied hard and were so happy about their successes that they hastened to share them with the world. The world did not remain in debt.

Calligraphy techniques and materials

The art of beautiful writing and the aesthetics of lines on paper – who would have thought that a technique from the first centuries of our era would be especially popular today? Despite the emergence of ballpoint or gel pens, everyone’s favorite liners – many creative people still prefer calligraphic writing.Modern calligraphy is especially highlighted, since it has no clear restrictions, rules, forms of expression, and the palette of tools for creating fonts can range from sophisticated professional pens to homemade ones from cans. Modern calligraphy is even called rebellious. Art-Kvartal art supplies store in this article will tell you about the necessary materials, differences and give advice for novice fans of beautiful fonts for writing. First of all, you should immediately destroy the unreasonable stereotype: you do not need to have a beautiful handwriting in order to practice calligraphy.First of all, it is art and graphics, a mixture of classical foundations with personal preferences. It is enough to devote very little time a day on a regular basis, practicing with calligraphy recipes, and after a short time, an individual font will appear by itself. Another misconception is the comparison of calligraphy and lettering, which are completely different things. The main difference is the technique of creating letters: if calligraphy is more related to graphics, it is directly spelling, then lettering is creating fonts by drawing each letter, be it a brush or markers.Where should you start? To understand the simplest basics of the art of writing, you need to become familiar with “fake” or artificial calligraphy, which does not require a fountain pen. To do this, it is enough to write the phrase in neat italics, after which, in each place where the hand goes down when writing, make a thickening and paint over it. This is the first and main essence of the calligraphy classics. Going directly to the tools for graphics, it is important to have the following list of items: – Pens For beginners, a wide nib is well suited, which does not require special skills and does not have difficulties.The wide-nib pen makes it easy to write in Gothic or Italian Italic. Sharper ends are called calligraphic pens – they are used to create more complex, detailed fonts and the thickness of the lines will depend on light pressure. – Pen holders or fountain pens You can get a standard holder for a start, but if calligraphy is seriously attractive, then it is better to immediately purchase a fountain pen with replaceable cartridges – so it will be more durable, comfortable and functional.- Ink – Ink – Paper Paper is best used for sketching, with a density of at least 120 mg.

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