Calligraphy pen drawings: The Best Fountain Pens for Drawing

The Best Fountain Pens for Drawing

Hero 330 Fude Nib Fountain Pen $ Stiff, smooth Fude 0.51 oz Converter
LAMY Safari Fountain Pen $$ Stiff, smooth Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad 0.53 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
LAMY Joy Calligraphy Pen $$ Stiff, smooth Italic only; 1.1 mm, 1.5 mm, 1.9 mm 0.54 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Noodler’s Konrad Flex Fountain Pen $$ Stiff, flex with significant pressure Broad Flex 0.55 oz Piston
Noodler’s Triple Tail Flex Fountain Pen $$$ Springy Broad Flex 0.71 oz Piston
Pelikan Classic M200 Fountain Pen $$$$ Springy Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad 0.47 oz Piston
Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen $$$$ Springy Extra Fine Flex, Fine Flex, Medium Flex, Broad Flex 0. 58 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen $ Stiff Extra Fine, Fine, Medium 0.40 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen $$ Stiff Fine, Medium, Medium Italic 0.96 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Pilot Penmanship Fountain Pen $ Smooth, slightly springy Extra Fine 0.29 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Pilot Prera Fountain Pen $$ Smooth, slightly springy Fine, Medium, Medium Italic 0.49 oz Cartridge (Proprietary), Converter
Pilot Parallel Pen $ Stiff Italic only; 1.5 mm, 2.4 mm, 3.8 mm, 6.0 mm 0.38 oz Cartridge (Proprietary)
Zebra Zensations Fountain Pen $ Stiff Fine 0.46 oz N/A

Best fountain pens for drawing: The 3 types for beginners

You can certainly draw with any pen but fountain pens do offer some advantages over other types of pens. Main advantage is you get to use your own inks and therefore have access to almost unlimited colours, and you can use waterproof inks to create mixed media art. Fountain pen nibs also come with different designs that can produce a variety of lines.

I would broadly categorise fountain pens into three categories:

  • Those that produce uniform consistent line widths
  • Flex nib pens that can produce lines with varying widths depending on the pressure applied
  • Fude nib pens that can produce lines with varying widths depending on how the pen is held

There are actually many other types of fountain pen nibs, eg. stub, music, architecture, calligraphy, and specialty nibs, but I’m not mentioning them because those pens are more difficult to use for drawing.

1. Pen nibs that produce uniform consistent lines

Unless otherwise mentioned, most fountain pen nibs should produce uniform lines with consistent widths. The drawing performance is consistent, predictable. Common nib sizes are EF, F, M and B.

Sketches drawn with consistent line widths may look boring. Keyword being “may” since how good a drawing is will depend on a lot of factors.

The look and feel of a drawing will also depend on the thickness of the lines. Thicker lines will draw more attention, and thinner lines make it easier to draw details.

This sketch was drawn with an EF nib.

The thinner lines allowed me to draw details which would have been impossible or too difficult to draw with thicker lines.

For beginners the pens that I recommend are

Regardless of which fountain pen you get, make sure there’s an ink convertor included, or buy one. The ink convertor allows you to refill your pen and use your own inks.

2. Flex nib pens

Flex nib pens allow you to draw thin and thick lines depending on how much pressure you apply. These are more versatile pens compared to pen nibs that only produce uniform lines.

This sketch was drawn with a flex nib that can go from EF to B.

This sketch was drawn with a mix of thin and thick lines. Foreground elements were drawn with thicker lines, and background elements were drawn with thinner lines

Using a flex nib pen to draw a sketch like this is actually more challenging compared to using a pen nib that can produce uniform lines. Reason being to draw the many elements in the foreground, you would have to press the nib to get the thicker lines, and then drawn the background elements with normal pressure.

The sketch would have been easier to drawn with a normal pen nib. The thinner lines can be drawn with the pen nib upside down/reversed.

Choosing the right pen to create the effect you want is important. Otherwise, you’ll just make the drawing process more difficult

Flex nibs are available with EF, F, M and B nibs.

Some of the flex nib pens I recommend are

3. Fude nib pens

Fude nibs are bent nibs created for writing Asian calligraphy.

The thickness of the lines will change depending on how the pen is held or the tilt of the pen.

When writing, the hand position is always changing, so the line width is always changing.

Here’s a sketch drawn with the Duke 551 fude nib.

The variety of thin and thick lines help create visual interest.

Some companies that make fude nib fountain pens are:

Fude nib fountain pens can be quite affordable. You can find ones from Duke, Hero and Jinhao easily on eBay.

There’s no best fountain pen since the choice of fountain pens is very subjective.

My general advice to getting a fountain pen is to get one that’s affordable to get the feel of drawing with one. You can “upgrade” to get other types of pens and nibs in the future.

Check out all the fountain pens that I’ve reviewed at

Jane Blundell Artist: Fountain Pens for drawing

I have posted a number of drawings and sketches done with pens over the years but I thought that perhaps a little about pens may be helpful. It’s a rather long post that has been added to and updated and the layout has gone silly however much I try to tidy it up. There’s a separate post about Lamy pens and I will produce another post about other pens I’ve tried that haven’t made it into my sketching kit for whatever reason.

My love affair with fountain pens goes back over 40 years but here are a few favourites for drawing.

Platinum Carbon Pen

This is a lovely, inexpensive, and very fine pen available from Platinum – the Platinum Carbon Pen. It is a desk pen design with a long tapering handle, light-weight plastic case and an extra fine (superfine) or medium nib. Being from Japan the extra fine is finer than a European EF nib so it produces a very fine line. There is a very little flex in this nib though I would not call it a flexible nib. With pressure you may be able to double the width of the line but it is best to enjoy the ease of drawing with it without pressure.

It is designed to use the Platinum Carbon Ink, either in cartridges or refilled from a bottle into a converter. I haven’t tried it with any other inks as I suspect they may flow too quickly but it is great with the carbon ink – it has an extra large feed to allow the ink to flow.

Platinum Carbon Ink is waterproof once dry.

This is not This is not an expensive pen at about US$13.50 or so. You will find it at, who stock a large range of Japanese pens and will ship internationally. Here is the link.

Here is is in a Platinum desk stand.

Pilot Desk Pen in Platinum pen stand
Pilot Desk Pens in black and red

Very similar looking is the Pilot Desk Pen. It is almost identical in look and feel though the nib is slightly different from the Platinum and it doesn’t have the more generous feed so I use these with De Atramentis Document inks. I presume it might block with the carbon ink but haven’t tried it.

It comes in black or red/maroon.

Both these pens have worked faultlessly for some months. They are inexpensive but a little fragile, simply due to their long tapering handle, which could break if they are not carried carefully.

Some choose to cut off the long tail so they can post the cap on the end. I rather like the balance of the pen with its long tail.

It is really lovely to use with a responsive nib and a smooth ink flow. They are a similar price to the Carbon pen though I would definitely buy a converter with this if you want to be able to use waterproof ink.

(Also available through

2019 update. A desk pen is also available from Sailor. Here is a link for Australia.

The sketches below were created using the pilot desk pen with black De Atramentis ink. This is an A4 Moleskine sketchbook and you can see how fine these lines are.

Sketching in the flower and cloud domes at the Bay Gardens, Singapore.
Sailor Fude nib 40º

Fude nibs are very interesting to use. Rather like the preference for a pointed brush or a dagger brush, the Fude nib and will appeal to some where a finer nib will appeal to others. I prefer pointed brushes and fine nibs, but I also like fine detail  🙂

Especially useful for writing Chinese or Japanese characters, these pens can give very expressive and creative lines to a drawing as the thickness of the line can be adjusted by changing the angle of the nib on the page.

The Blue Sailor model is shown here, with a 40º nib. The green model has a 55º nib. I always choose to buy the converter though the pens you buy may come with a cartridge. A converter allows you to fill the pen with your own ink and you may choose whether you use waterproof or non-waterproof inks depending what effects you are after. Alternatively, you can use a syringe and refill a cartridge yourself but it can be a messy process!

Here you can see the amazing range of pen widths possible with this pen – from very broad to quite fine. It is worth trying both models to see which nib angle suits you best.

Exploring the Sailor Fude pen with 40 degree nib.
Sailor Fude pen with 55º nib

They are rather long pens, especially with the caps posted on the end. They are not elegant but are fun to use and many artists are doing wonderful drawings with them.

With water-soluble ink and a water-brush they are lovely for quick sketches, especially with a brown ink, though do check what colours appear when you wet the brown ink. Some go very red/purple or otherwise strange!

I am using a Monteverde Brown ink when I want a water-soluble brown that doesn’t go strange in wash. This ink comes in cartridges that fit into a Lamy pen. I haven’t tested it for lightfastness so only use it in a sketchbook.

Below is the Hero 7032, with a nib at about the same angle as the green 55 degree Sailor. You can see the range of lines that can be created with the Fude style nib. I bought this one from Straights Art in Singapore for less than S$20.

Hero pen 

And here you can see the nibs close-up – that look as though they have been dropped! 

The left is the Hero, then the Green Sailor then the Blue Sailor.

Parka has created a great comparison of a number of Fude nibs that you can view here. If you do a search of his blog you can find more reviews of a huge range of art tools including pens, brushes and watercolours as well as hundreds of books.

Fude nibs – Hero, Sailor 55º and Sailor 40º nibs

Update 2019 – for a really large fude nib, look for the Duke 551 Confucious Fude nib. Many sketchers love this pen, though it isn’t one I’d want to own as it is very large and quite heavy. Here’s the link to Amazon.

Update – Next up is the Sailor 1911 EF. Being a Sailor, this is a very fine nib – as mentioned the Japanese EF nibs are super-fine. It has a little flex but is very good for drawing fine detail. However, as it is a 14K gold nib it is far more expensive than the Carbon Pen or the Desk Pen shown above, though it creates a similar line. I use it with a converter with either the Sailor Nano ink or the De Atramentis Black Document ink. I use it for sketching but also for fine writing, especially labelling colour charts!

Sailor 1911 pen with EF nib
Sailor 1911 pen – EF nib.

Here you can see the nib a little closer.
There are some fascinating nibs available from Sailor, including the King of Nibs, which is designed to create lines of all sorts of widths depending on how you hold it, music nibs, and many others. Finding the type of nib to suit your own purposes can take time, but is well worth the effort.

Pilot/Namiki Falcon/Elabo fountain pens.

The last pens for now are the Namiki/Pilot Falcon flex pens, also called Elabo, and available in resin or metal bodied versions. These are a pricier option at around US$144 at Goulet Pens as they have a 14K gold nib, but it is a wonderful flexible nib that will create thick or thin lines with ease. Available in Soft F and Soft M, and Soft Broad, they are a joy to use but interestingly the desk pens above create the finest lines. The black/rhodium model is also available in a Soft EF – I use this for black ink.

These interesting nibs can be used for fine lines, expressive lines and also turned upside-down for very broad (though erratic) lines, as the whole of the flat of the beak-shaped nib can be dragged along the page.

The grey lines of this sketch were created with the Falcon, with the deeper shadows produced by using the pen upside-down.

Cliffs sketched with the Pilot Falcon pen with my mixed grey document ink.

I use the Soft F models for grey and brown, with the De Atramentis document inks. I mix my own grey by mixing equal quantities of the Brown and the Blue and adding a few drops of thinner. There is a Fog Grey document Ink available but it is really just a dark blue so not worth getting sadly.

Writing with the Falcon –
F nib in Document Brown, EF nib in Document Black.

There is a gorgeous YouTube video that showcases this pen, though with a ‘Spencerian modification’ to make the nib finer and even more flexible for writing. It is mesmerising 🙂 Have a look here. I find the Soft Fine wonderful for drawing and writing without the modification but for Spencerian or Copperplate writing it would be gorgeous. I love these pens. As mentioned, they are also available with a metal body though mine are resin and I like the light-weight feel of them for drawing. The F is smoother to write and draw with though of course the EF is finer. Above left is the F, above right is the EF. Neither have the Spencerian modification as I bought these for drawing.

The Pilot falcon nib up close and personal – the beak shape is interesting for upside-down effects.

A blunt needle syringe – great for filling fountain pens

Update: Many people find that when they refill a fountain pen using a converter, the bladder of the converter doesn’t completely fill. The way I solve this is to use a syringe with a blunt needle to top up the ink directly into the converter. (These are available on eBay, through Gouletpens, from pharmacies etc. ) It is yet another tool to carry around but it is also very useful for making custom ink mixes as it is easy to get the exact proportions of the colours you are using, or to get the last ink from a bottle or to transfer from one bottle to another. While a syringe without the blunt needle would be useful, the needle does make it much less messy to fill fountain pens and is worth getting hold of.

Nalgene wide-neck bottles 

I find the tiny Nalgene bottles, pictured left and available from camping stores, fantastic for carrying ink with me safely. I use the little 15ml and 30ml wide mouthed models.

To see some more of my pen and ink work, visit my website and look at the plein air sketches tab, or see this blog post.

Update – another couple of favourites that I’ve added to my Blog – the Lamy Safari, Joy and Al-Star pens (I have many of these and they deserved their own post) and the TWSBI Diamond 580 that you can read about here. In my post about my Sketching Tools, I also show some lovely Pilot piston filled pens here. The TWSBI and Pilot Custom pens are great for sketching as they hold larger volumes of ink.

I’ve created a post in inks for fountain pens here.

For more information on pens, see the Goulet Pens website, with wonderful reviews, ink comparisons and videos; Larrypost in Australia, which is a largely online store specailising in all things sketching; Jetpens, who specialise in Japanese pens; Pen Chalet or your local pen shop 🙂 There is a Japanese website to explore for a greater range of Japanese pens too.

You may also enjoy Tina’s Epic Pen Search which runs over 11 parts, leading to a very well researched pen purchase, the first of which is here – it’s wonderful! And a great way to see a range of pens in action. Also look at Parka’s many product reviews on

Finally, I found this handy guide while Googling but am not sure where it came from. I’ll add an acknowledgement when I find it. I believe they are Pilot pens.

The best pens for artists in 2021

Using the very best pens can totally transform your work as an artist. But deciding on which pen is for you can be tricky because pens are used for so many different things. We’ve put together the opinions of artists, designers and other creatives to help you discover which pens should grace your desk.

Keep reading to find out which are the best drawing pens, but we’ve also listed the best pens for writing, the best pen for sketching, the best calligraphy pens, and so on. Basically, whatever you need a pen for, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you in this list. 

Sorting out your whole pencil case? Head over to our guide to the best pencils, too. And once you’re armed with the right equipment, don’t miss our how to draw tutorials.

The best pens for artists right now

01. Copic 1.0mm Multiliner

A quality choice in all respects, this is the best pen for drawing

Sharp lines 

Minimal bleed

Smaller tips very delicate 

Need to be stored securely

Picking the best pen for drawing was a close-run competition, but ultimately we had to opt for the Copic 1. 0 mm Multiliner, which is a truly premium quality pen in all respects. The ink is densely pigmented, holds well on paper, and creates crisp, clean lines. Copic sells its Multiliners in a range of thicknesses, so you can pick the option that suits your artistic style best. Artists report they’re comfortable to use, and not scratchy – even in the finer sizes. Finally, the range is good value for money, and refillable. 

Ben O’Brien, aka Ben the Illustrator, started using Copic pens a couple of years ago for the Inktober challenge. While he used a range of different nib options, his preference was for the 1.0 pen (although he also noted Copic’s Multiliner brush pen is “brilliant”). “I find thinner pens too scratchy, but the 1.0 has a luscious feel to it. I use it for ‘good drawings’, usually on textured watercolour paper.”

“Copic fine liners are great for drawing,” agrees interactive designer Sush Kelly. “I mainly use them for inking sketches; I wouldn’t waste these bad boys on notes and so on. I love the super-fine, refillable nibs; I tend to use a 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.8.”

02. Pentel Brush Pen

A bit of a learning curve, but ideal for creating lines with character

Precise tip 

Great all-rounder

Takes practice to get used to 

Ink can clump

With its hardwearing synthetic bristles, sturdy, precise tip and waterproof, fade-resistant ink, the Pentel Brush Pen runs a close second for our favourite all-round pen for drawing. The artists we spoke to commented that these pens are great for creating a variety of different line types – although the delicate nib does take some getting used to. The deep black pigment scans very well; ideal if you want to finish your artwork digitally. You’ll need to be careful transporting them though – the ink can leak or clump if the lid isn’t on tight. 

Illustrator Ailish Sullivan has fond memories of receiving her first Pentel Brush Pen. “A guy on my illustration course gave me one and I was blown away,” she recalls. “I think I drew everything for the rest of my course with it, because it added character and a personal touch to every stroke. I have now dated this guy for 10 years… a love story started by a brush pen!

“I love the variety of lines you can get from the pen. If you want to get really expressive, the individual hairs create a great texture when you really sweep it across the page. When you want something really precise it can also perform well, with practice. When you want to add a feeling of weight, you can increase the pressure ever so slightly and get a bolder finish.

“It does take a lot of practice because it’s so delicate,” she cautions. “I’ve tried the Kuretake Sumi brush pen and Pentel Sign pen alternatives and they are much easier to use, but have less potential.”

03. Pilot V7 Rollerball

This fountain pen/ballpoint hybrid is the best pen for writing

Nice feel 

Thick line 

Not great for accurate drawing 

Not the cheapest

The Pilot V7 Rollerball is essentially a hybrid between a fountain pen and a ballpoint, and our favourite pen for writing. Comfortable to hold, it produces a clean, consistent line with no smudging, and there’s a transparent ink reservoir window so you can be sure of getting hold of extra refills in time.

Kelly uses the 0.7mm version for everything from scribbling to-do lists to creating quick wireframes. “It has such a great feel,” he enthuses. “It possibly wouldn’t be so good for really accurate drawing, as the flow is quite quick for a rollerball. But otherwise, this is my go-to pen.”

04. Pilot BPS-GP Fine Ballpoint

This cheap, comfortable option is the best ballpoint pen around

Good for small details 

Comfortable grip

Cheap to buy

Can smear

If you’re looking for the best ballpoint pen, we’d recommend the Pilot BPS GP Fine. This smooth, stick ballpoint with triangular rubber grip is comfortable to hold, cheap to buy, and beautifully functional in use. However, like most ballpoint pens, ink clots can form on the tip, which will smear if they end up on your paper. This ballpoint pen includes 0.7mm, 1.0mm, 1.2mm and 1.6mm options.

Most people use them for writing of course, but it’s not unheard of to use them for drawing too. Illustrator Gaia Brodicchia sometimes uses the Pilot for black and white interior illustrations. “Shading with it produces darker drawings than working with graphite, but the process is identical; it only requires a lighter hand,” she explains. “The Pilot Fine tip works well even on smaller details, which are usually an issue with other brands of ballpoint pen. It gives a really good tonal range. I actually keep one that’s a bit spent for the lighter areas, and a new one for the darker parts of the illustrations.”

These are quite hard to get hold of in the US, so a good alternative is Paper Mate’s ballpoint pens, which also feature a soft grip. 

05. MoMa MUJI gel ink pen

A smooth flow and fine line make these the best gel pens

Consistent ink flow 

Refills available

Pricier in the West than in Japan 

Delivery times can vary

Maybe it’s because we’re Japanophiles, but Muju’s MoMa pen with its unusual 0.38mm tip is our clear favourite for the best gel pen. These produce a thin line and consistent flow, and the ink won’t run when wet. You can also buy refills. 

And art director, designer and illustrator Savanna Rawson uses them for the linework in her illustrations. “Originally I was most interested in using this pen for my quite tiny handwriting, but in the last few years have I been using them for drawing as well,” she says. “I find it great for the line work in my illustrations, which I then complete with watercolour washes. The ink doesn’t reactivate with the water, which is perfect.”

06. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

These Japanese brush pens are perfect for calligraphy

Flexible tip 

Affordable price

Requires learning curve 

Delivery times can vary

If calligraphy is your thing, the best pen for you is the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen. You might assume that the best calligraphy pens cost a lot of money. But actually, our recommendation is a brand that’s both made in Japan and delivers excellent results, yet is surprisingly affordable. Coming as a set, with one soft type and one hard type, these light pens are very easy to use, with a flexible nib that’s perfect for the nuanced lines and curves needed for crafting beautiful Japanese script.

“I recently got a proper calligraphy set with nibs and inks and all that,” says brand and marketing guru Aleksandra Tambor. “But my Tombow brush pens are still the best for quick calligraphy and lettering.”

An ultra-fine nib makes this the best pen for sketching

Ink is waterproof 

Produces thin and thick lines

Not suited to rough paper 

Nib a little scratchy

Specifically looking for a pen for sketching? Then we recommend the Platinum carbon fountain pen, with its ultra-fine nib. Unlike most fountain pens, the nib isn’t rounded off, so you can use it to create thick or thin lines. Your expressive linework won’t run with water either, thanks to the carbon ink. It’s also great value for money. Like some other pens on this list, there’s a learning curve on this one, as it can feel scratchy to start with. 

Wil Freeborn, an illustrator and watercolour artist based in Glasgow, describes it as: “The closest I’ve found to using a dip pen on the go. Using it literally changed how I draw.” Freeborn uses this pen mainly for sketching. “It gives a really naturalistic expressive line, great for drawing in cafes,” he enthuses. “I use it with a Pentel Brush Pen, which pretty covers most of what I need. It needs quite a smooth paper to work, so wouldn’t really be suited with a rough watercolour paper.”

08. Sakura Pigma Graphic 1

This sketching pen is ideal for making bold marks

Consistent ink flow

Bold line

Not refillable 

Not available in other colours

It was a very close-run thing, but we’ve plumped for the Sakura Pigma Graphic 1 as our runner-up for best sketching pen. This pen, which combines water-based and pigment-based inks, is a seriously fine model, delivering a bold, consistent line and superb colour transferal. 

Illustrator Anna Rose uses it for quick sketchbook studies, and finds it works particularly well for buildings, objects, food and lettering (although less so for people and animals). “The consistency of the ink and the way the pen tip glides mean I can get expressive lines and marks down immediately,” she says. “I also love the width of the line. With fine liners, I get too precious about lines. But the Graphic lays down a bold line, so it sort of forces me to be bold and really commit to the lines.”

09. Sakura Pigma Micron Pen

The best pen for line art and lettering

Less messy than a dip pen 

Good line variation

Nibs can spit a little ink 

Lines can crack on some paper

The Sakura Pigma Micron is our pick for the best pen for lettering and line art. It creates a pleasingly dark line that bleeds very little, is archival safe, and won’t smudge when washed or erased over. The tips are fine but not too delicate, and they’re also odour-free. With a little practice, you can also use them to create a variety of line types – although if you’re wanting a lot of line variation, you’re better off with a brush pen. You’ll also want to add a marker to your pen set if you need to fill in large areas of shadow. Any downsides? Well, the nibs can sometimes spit a little ink, and the line can crack if used with some types of paper.

Cartoonist Aaron Uglum uses a Sakura Micron 08 for the majority of his line art and lettering, with a 01 for details such as eyes and mouths. He started out using a traditional dip pen with India Ink, but didn’t like the setup and clean-up time it required. “Eventually I moved to the 08 as my pen of choice,” he explains. “I liked being able to just pick up a pen and start inking. No worries about spilling the India Ink. And I could stop inking whenever and just walk away. No cleaning pen nibs. Very convenient. And it was still good ink.”

Concept artist Courtland Winslow is also an admirer of the Pigma Micron line, and regularly makes use of the 0.2mm version (the 005) in combination with a Copic Y19 Napoli Yellow (see number 13). Of the Micron, he says: “I needed a liner that wouldn’t run when washed or erased over, a good feeling tip that was both as thin as possible and sturdy, because I don’t have a very light hand.”

10. PaperMate Flair Original Felt Tip Pen

Add a splash of colour to your notes with these felt tip pens

Zingy colours 

No smudge or bleed

Sturdy nibs

Not great for covering large areas

PaperMate’s Flair Original felt tips are ideal for adding a splash of colour to your pen work. If you’re sick of looking back on your notes, only to be faced with an inchoate mass of scribbles, these are the felt-tip pens for you. The colours are vibrant and bold, and won’t smudge or bleed. They flow smoothly across paper and the nibs won’t fray. If you’re thinking of using these for illustration, be aware they’re better suited to outlines – you’ll want something chunkier for colouring in large areas.

Ross Middleham, content lead at the Met Office, uses them for scribbling, storyboarding and general note-taking. “I love making notes in multiple colours as it simply livens up the day. My fave is the hot pink, which really zings on a white page,” he says. “You can be confident that the stroke you want will be the stroke it makes.”

11. Kuretake no. 13 Brush Pen

The best pen for drawing people, animals and plants

Organic feel 

Varied line thickness

Not ideal for still-life 

Not ideal for quick studies

Looking to draw living things? Check out the Kuretake Sumi brush pen. It offers a wide variation in line width to give your sketches an organic, dynamic feel that’s well suited to portraits, animals and plants. 

“It’s refillable and fits a Platinum converter, which is very helpful because the ink that comes with it isn’t anything special or waterproof,” comments Rose. “It would be nice if Kuretake supplied a waterproof ink themselves, though; I do worry that the Platinum may clog it up eventually.”

12. Berol Colour Fine Liners

The best pens if you’re on a budget


Strong and sturdy

Nibs go blunt over time 

Limited range of colours

Short on cash, but still want a decent pen? Our budget choice is Berol’s Colour Fine range, which has a fine tip that’s suitable for detailed colouring and drawing. The perennial classroom favourite, these felt-tipped pens are available in a variety of colours (if you don’t want the full set, you can buy these individually), and are strong, sturdy and reliable. 

“I have used Berol colour fineliners all my life, in all different colours. The bolder colours – especially the orange and light blue – have got a really good tone to them,” says O’Brien. “I have black ones littered around my desk, bag and house for writing lists and notes, and the colour ones I usually use for more experimental sketchbook work, or bringing a little colour to observational line drawings when I travel.”

13. Copic Y19 Napoli Yellow

The best pen for colour fills and shading

Minimal bleed

358 colours in range

Not the cheapest

Overkill for beginners

For colour fills and shading, you can’t beat Copic Sketch markers.  The lines blend together seamlessly for block shading, and if you leave them to dry, they won’t bleed into each other much. They feature one brush tip and one wedge tip, meaning you can also use them for fine details. The full range includes a whopping 358 colours (buy the full set here, if you’re feeling flush), so you’re bound to find the shade you want. 

Concept artist Courtland Winslow is a loyal user of the Copic Y19 Napoli Yellow, which he uses in conjunction with the Micron 005 (see number 9, above).

14. Pentel XGFKP/FP10-A Brush Pen

The soft, flexible nib can create both fine detail and sweeping lines

Soft and flexible tip 

Perfect for fine detail

Ink takes a while to dry 

Some learning curve

The Pentel XGFKP/FP10-A Brush Pen is specifically designed for oriental artwork, cartoons and calligraphy. This light pen has a soft, flexible nib that’s great for both fine detail and graceful, sweeping lines.

As such, fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle illustrator Niki Groom, aka Miss Magpie, typically uses it at to add finishing touches to the end of any artwork. “I call this my desert island pen,” she says. “I use it to add names for live illustration work, and to make areas even more black if I’m not happy with the depth of colour.” 

Read more:

16 of the Best Drawing Pens for Professionals and Beginners

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Whether you’re a professional illustrator or a dabbling painter, shopping for new art supplies is an exciting experience. Each type of medium holds a myriad of untapped possibilities for creative projects.  A set of drawing pencils and a fresh sketchbook will help you begin your artistic journey, but the right pen may be the tool to bring your idea to life.

Unlike markers or colored pencils, pens can offer precision and consistent linework to artists that specialize in intricate details. Their affordability and fast drying time also allow for higher production than working with paint. That is why they are one of the most popular mediums among illustrators. However, there’s more to pens than your typical ballpoint. You’ll find that there’s a pen made for almost every type of linework, including calligraphy, sketching, cartooning, drafting, and more.

With so many options available, choosing the ideal set of pens can be a bit overwhelming. That is why it’s important to learn about the different types of pens and what each of them can do for your art. Once you’ve tried your hand at a few different inking ventures, you can even mix and match different kinds of pens to create new kinds of effects.

Looking for more art supplies? We’ve got you covered in our guide to the best colored pencils, best markers, and best watercolor paint sets.

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Different Types of Pens

Like any creative tool, pens come in a variety of categories. As you begin searching for the ideal utensil, it’s helpful to consider what you want your pen to do for you—there are some that will help you produce consistent, even lines, and others that will add a flourish to your lettering. Here is a quick breakdown of the common types of pens:

  • Ballpoint pens are perhaps the most practical and popular modern pens. Their revolutionary design channels thick, oil-based ink through a steel tip that “rolls” over the writing surface. Although ballpoint pens are most often used in note taking and journaling, some artists use them to make incredibly detailed illustrations as they are an affordable and long-lasting tool.
  • Rollerball pens are similar to ballpoints, but instead of oil-based ink, they use gel or water-based ink. As a result, rollerballs produce “wet ink” that is more similar to the fountain pen.
  • Gel pens are a great tool for crafters. The gel ink has a high viscosity and comes in a variety of colorful inks that are great decorative additions to any multimedia project. And, like ballpoints and rollerballs, gel pens allow for fine, controlled linework.
  • Fountain pens are based on traditional dip pens and are defined mostly by their varying nibs. Writers and calligraphers trend towards these pens for their expressive, flourishing lines. Although some of the better fountain pens may come with a greater initial cost, they are often refillable and can be used in conjunction with a variety of permanent and non-permanent inks.
  • Felt-tip pens are essentially finer markers and have the same porous tip made from pressed felt fibers. Although they are not a popular option for writers, artists and coloring book enthusiasts enjoy felt-tips for their bold strokes and variety of colors.
  • Brush pens are ideal tools for achieving a bold application of ink. Their unique nib can be made from natural hair bristles or synthetic nylon and mimics the effects of a brush. These pens are especially popular with calligraphers and illustrators.
  • Technical drawing pens, or drafting pens, are the artistic tool preferred by architects, engineers, illustrators, and anyone else who depends on precise and consistent lines. They typically feature needle-point tips in assorted widths, such as 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm—making them ideal for any detailed linework.
  • Dip pens feature a handle made from wood, metal, or plastic and a unique metal nib. As their name suggests, dip pens do not contain ink reservoirs inside them, and instead must be dipped into an inkwell. Dip pens often come with a variety of different nibs that allow for specific linework and are popular tools for cartoonists, illustrators, and calligraphers.


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Our Picks for the Best Drawing and Journaling Pens

Now that you’re acquainted with the different types of pens, it’s time to brainstorm which of these utensils would best complement your creative project. Even though there are hundreds of pens designed for unique purposes, don’t be afraid to experiment. Part of the fun in acquiring art supplies is seeing how they can bring out a new side to your art.

Before you begin your next creative project, check out our list of best drawing and journaling pens, below.


Fiskars Gel Pen Set of 48

Fiskars | $18.64

Searching for a pen set that can draw the rainbow? This gel pen set by Fiskars features 48 vibrant colors, including neon, glitter, metallic, even two-color blends. Use them on dark paper and multimedia projects for a decorative touch.


Pilot V-Ball Liquid Ink Pen

Pilot | $2.46

Pilot is known for its dependable pens. The V-Ball rollerball pen features an advanced ink feed system that will help you write journal entries effortlessly.


Pentel Arts Stylo Sketch Pen

Pentel | $3.49

The Pentel sketch pen features a flexible nib that can create both fine lines and broad strokes. It uses water-based, black dye ink that is ideal for expressive drawing, cartoons, and calligraphy.



Sakura Pigma Micron Fine Line Set of 10 (100th Anniversary Edition)

Sakura | $28.34

Almost every artist is familiar with Sakura‘s renowned Pigma Micron pens. These drafting pens come in an array of nib sizes that will help you perform both intricate and bold linework. Pigma ink does not feather or bleed through paper, and is fade-proof against sunlight and UV light.


Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment Pen

Faber-Castell | $24.20

The Faber-Castell pigment pen can do it all. Whether you’re drawing or writing, its fine metal nib provides stable precise linework that can be used on a variety of papers, including transparent.


Artline Drawing Pen Set of 4

Artline | $8.21

Artline Drawing Pens is another technical pen set. Their nibs are reinforced by metal, making them great utensils to use with rulers and templates. Plus, Artline’s ink is water-resistant and fade-proof.


Windsor & Newton FineLiner Pens Set of 5

Winsor & Newton | $11.01

Winsor & Newton art supplies are synonymous with quality. Their series of Fineliners is ideal for sketching, drawing, and writing. They also feature water-resistant, fade-proof pigment ink.


Rotring Isograph Technical Drawing Pens Set of 3

Rotring | $74.59

For precise linework, one has to look no further than rOtring‘s Isograph Technical Drawing Pens. The College Set is made for architects and includes 3 refillable pens with stainless steel nibs that will hold up to rulers and templates.


Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica Set of 5

Pentel | $13.60

The Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica Pen uses ballpoint technology and acid-free, water-resistant, archival ink. These pens provide smooth and consistent linework that is great for sketching, drawing, and manga art.


Pilot EasyTouch Refillable Ballpoint Pen Set of 12

Pilot | $5.69

Looking for a pen that will help you glide through schoolwork and double as a hardy drawing tool? Well, Pilot‘s retractable ballpoint pen can do just that and more. Choose the set of 12 to ensure you always have a pen ready to go.


Stabilo Color Parade Felt-Tip Pens Set of 20

Stabilo | $19.72

Sometimes markers just don’t make the cut when it comes to coloring intricate drawings. That’s where Stabilo‘s Felt-Tip Pens come in. Their set of 20 pens comes in a convenient case that folds into a stand-up easel. And their odorless, water-based ink does not bleed through paper.


Kuretake Brush Pen

Kuretake | $27.99

The Kuretake Brush Pen features a tip made of natural, sable hairs and water-resistant pigment ink. Not only is this brush pen great for expressive lettering, but it can also produce detailed line strokes in illustrations.


Kuretake ai Liner Ultra Fine Brush Pen

Kuretake | $9

Modeled after cosmetic eyeliner, the Kuretake ai Liner Brush Pen offers precise linework—ideal for comics and manga. Additionally, it uses a black, water-based ink that is water-resistant and won’t smudge or bleed once dry.


Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel | $12.58

Pentel‘s Pocket Brush Pen is a small but powerful tool. Its flexible nib allows you to alternate between fine and broad lines with a single brushstroke.


Rotring Fountain Pen

Rotring | $30

The right pen can enhance even mundane activities. Cue Rotring‘s Fountain Pen—this utensil combines the balance and nib of a quill pen with the utility and practicality of a fountain pen. Use it for calligraphy, journaling, and even illustration.


Speedball Dip Pen Cartooning Set

Speedball | $9.48

Some artists swear by dip pens. If you want to see what this expressive tool can do for you,  Speedball‘s Cartooning set is a good place to start. This kit includes 2 plastic holders and 6 unique metal nibs to help you draw all types of linework.


This article has been edited and updated.

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6 Pen And Ink Drawing Techniques That Creates Powerful Sketches

Drawing with pen and ink can be very simple but the starkness that also comes with it can challenge someone’s artistic skills. But like we mentioned in our article “FOUNTAIN PENS: ARE THEY GOOD FOR SKETCHING,” fountain pens make sketching more inventive. Hence, exerting effort to learn pen drawing techniques will be all worthwhile.

When drawn with proper techniques, ink drawing can carry a certain evocative power that stems from the cleanliness of the finished work. However, that same cleanliness can also leave you vulnerable because high contrast line drawings give you nowhere to hide.

Every line communicates knowledge and power or timidity and uncertainty. It’s a fine line between one and the other, no pun intended.

Here are 6 techniques for making an ink drawing more approachable and less nerve-racking. Grab your best fountain pens and inks from Dryden Designs and let’s get started.

  1. Tools for Pen Sketching

To draw in ink, you need a pen, nibs, and ink. Some artists prefer using dip pens with broad nibs for this but many have discovered the beauty of fountain pen with fine nib sketching.

When drawing with pens, you just have to remember to only pull or drag a nib to make marks. Pushing will cause splatters and ruin your work. Also, a slight change in pressure will change the thickness of your lines. These are things you need to get used to at the outset.  

  1. The Pen “Strokes”

There are several techniques for creating the illusion of gradations in value using high contrast black ink on white paper. Nib pens are great for this. Draw structures in shadows with thicker lines, and structures in light with thinner lines.

Try it yourself: draw a circle, then go over the bottom of it with a heavier line and immediately it gains volume and looks like a ball. 

  1. Pens: Fountain Pens, Markers, Ball Point – Use All Pens You Have For Line Variety

Many artists like to use different pens for different things. Thick markers can be used for large shadows because they’re big and chunky and cover a lot of paper quickly. Ballpoint pens can be used for smaller shadows and thick continuous lines.

Fountain pens can be used for fine lines on constructing facial or hair details. A blue writing pen might be good for clouds, waves, or anything that might look cool in blue. Consider all the characteristics of your pens, like color, thickness, etc. Be creative and stay alert for any pen that can make your work distinct.  

  1. The Right Way to Holding the Pen 

Simply changing the way you hold your pen can add an extra dimension to your drawings and make them special and unique so that they stand out from other artists. There are some artists who like to hold their pen at the back whenever possible. This creates looseness in their lines that often present unexpected opportunities in their work.

If your drawings are usually very tight and controlled, give this method a try, you might surprise yourself with the wonderful accidents that can happen. 

  1. Adding Water for Effects

When working with ink, tones can become a puzzle. Try rubbing a bit of water onto your fresh ink lines to create softer tones. Softer tones alongside ink lines create a wonderful contrast and will make your drawings a little more lifelike. 

  1. Remember to Use Your Dry Pens Too

The unforgiving permanence of ink can stress some people out. But remember, just because you’re making an ink drawing doesn’t mean you have to use ink all the way through.

If launching straight into ink is too much pressure, try drawing your image in pencil first, then add ink over it. Either way works, just do what you’re comfortable with to set yourself up for the greatest joy. 

Final Words 

Art should be fun. You can forget this when you worry too much about making mistakes or obsess over every line you draw and forget the joy of making art. Remember the bigger picture. Every journey every making is fraught with mistakes and missteps. That’s okay; it’s normal.

Just remember that each line serves a greater whole and leads to your final image. If you make a mistake, chill out and move on – it might not even be noticeable in the end. Your lines WILL get better with time so enjoy the journey of drawing with pens and inks. 

Ink drawing paper

Ink drawings have a special magic: flowing lines, curls, symbols with deep meaning and original fonts attract the eye.

They say that the main secret of their appeal is the quality of the paper. It must be flawless, otherwise the lines will blur, and some components will “smear”.

How to choose the best paper for your needs? Let’s reveal the secrets in the article.

Purpose of paper: workouts

There are canvases for training, and there is paper for creating drawings for exhibitions and presentations.

If you are just mastering this type of painting, you need paper for drawing with ink, which are characterized by:

– high density level – from 90 g / sq. M.: this canvas is a little translucent, but ink is not printed on the reverse side;

– smooth surface: only in this case the pen will glide smoothly over the paper, leaving thin and graceful lines.

The optimal solution for training – ink drawing paper from the Fabriano brand.

It is quite dense.It has a smooth surface. It is suitable for both a novice artist and a master experimenter.

It is undesirable to use alternative options – for example, office paper. Firstly, the mascara will get dirty – spread on the front side and leave marks on the back.

Secondly, the pen will behave unpredictably: it will slide quickly, then it will stop. It will be extremely difficult to improve the technique with such a canvas.

Presentation paper

Requirements for paper for drawing in ink intended for presentations are an order of magnitude higher.The main thing is an impeccable appearance.

When choosing paper for presentation of works, pay attention to the following characteristics:

  • Density: 200 gsm m;
  • Composition: 100% cotton;
  • surface: flat and smooth.

The optimal solution is design paper. It fully complies with the stated requirements.

On this basis, you can create both calligraphic drawings and invitations to a wedding or corporate party.

It is easy to work with such paper: the lines are of the required volume, the ink does not spread and does not leave traces.

What paper is not suitable for drawing with ink

The first option, which should be crossed out right away, is paper with a loose texture. It is loose and, moreover, is easily deformed by the pen. Small cracks appear on its surface, where mascara flows.

If you accidentally touch the ink with your hand or fingers, you can immediately send the paper to the trash can – the drawing will be damaged.

But even with careful drawing, the result will also be controversial: the lines will turn out with slight smudges, and the contours will be blurred. The aesthetics will be significantly impaired.

The second paper size, which is better to refuse if you paint with ink, is glossy. The chances of ink “fixing” on its surface are minimal. When you flip the paper upright, the ink will flow out at lightning speed.

A third type of paper that is not suitable for ink application is canvases containing gelatin.But it is ideal for watercolor paint. Drawings on such a coating, made in watercolors, look amazing: they look more voluminous and colorful.

But choosing such paper for mascara, you will face a number of inconveniences, since gelatin creates a “wax coating” effect. Mascara falls on it with great difficulty.

And the fourth option, which you better refuse if you want to achieve perfection in ink drawing, is chalk paper. It is printable, but when you apply ink, you will have to gather all the exposure in a fist, as the pen will scratch the canvas, and the lines will turn out to be torn.

How to check the quality of the drawing paper

It is difficult for novice artists to distinguish a bad sample from a good one. And there is nothing wrong with the fact that you will check the quality of the paper, as they say, “in practice” – even professionals do this! Ask the store for a small piece of linen and run the pen over it.

If the pen glides smoothly on the paper, and the line turns out to be smooth and graceful, then you are looking at a suitable option. Feel free to refuse paper that does not give a floating sensation even during testing.

Now you know the main secrets of choosing paper for drawing with ink. Get inspired, create and create perfect artwork!

90,000 Pens for graphics and writing

For ink graphics, special pens are used, which I will talk about here, since I myself washed myself for several weeks, collecting and organizing information on this topic. Hope you find this article and links helpful.

To begin with, an interesting point, we use the term “ feather “, which comes from a bird’s feather, as it is not difficult to guess.In English, this term sounds like “ dip pen ” (handle for dipping) or “ nib ” (beak, point). Link to an article in WIKI, where the classification of pens by material, line width, design and application is given. However, the downside to this article is that it is descriptive only and does not contain specific examples of pens.

Okay, we take as a basis the line of pen products of the British company Manuscript Pen Co Ltd and begin to understand what’s what.Link to the manufacturer’s page. Unfortunately, I did not find analogs of translation of most of the names of feathers in Russian.

1. Round hand nib
Classic European calligraphic nib used for round hand or Caroline Minuscule style. The basis of the style was laid in the scriptorium of the Abbey of Saint-Martin in Tours, France during the rewriting of the Bible. This style is considered good for those starting to learn calligraphy. Hereinafter, a link to the source.

2. Tape nib
Top-tank drafting pen for creating fixed-width lines. Reservoir is needed for
I think you can write to them just as well.

3. Italic nib
Calligraphy nib for “Humanistic Minuscule” style, a simplified cursive version of “Caroline Minuscule”, which is now called “Italic”.

4. Scroll nib
A type of poster or drawing pen.It can also be used for various decorative effects, drawing frames.

5. Copperplate nib
This style of writing originally belonged to the copperplate engraver, then this typeface was taught in schools for future British clerks and was very widely used in the 19th century.
Due to the material and construction used, the Copperplate pen can write both very thin and very wide lines. The feather is very soft and requires some skill.
Copperplate nibs are usually named “EF” or “extra fine”.

Special nib holders are available for Copperplate nibs:

6. Poster nib
Nibs with rounded front end and a reservoir for writing material. It is customary for us to call such feathers – poster.

7. Ornamental nib
Top tank nibs with round tip that can be used for elements of uniform thickness in all directions.It is very convenient to put perfectly round dots.

8. Drawing nib & Mapping nib
Drafting and drawing pens with a sharp tip. Drawing pens are larger in size and give a wider line than Mapping pens. The lithographic pen belongs to the same group, but it has a very thin and flexible tip that allows you to work out the smallest details of the drawing.
The famous “asterisk” feather belongs to the same group

9.General pen nib
General purpose pens for writing, sketching and drawing.
They have a sharp, often rounded tip.

10. Other nibs
Here I would include anything that does not fit into any designated category, such as modern replicas of classical instruments or something super modern.
Personally, I would like to mention in this category the glass nib, developed about 60 years ago.

Links for those interested:
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types of calligraphic fountain pens, selection rules, use of set

Calligraphy translated from Greek means “beautiful handwriting” and is considered a subtype of art.

The meaning of calligraphy lies in the beautiful outline of words, in the correct arrangement of letters, a certain slant and the font used. Calligraphy is hard work and a kind of meditation. Of course, knowing the basics of this laborious process is very important, but you should also know about the tools that are used to write

There is a wide range of writing and calligraphy kits on the market: various pen nibs, all kinds of brushes and nibs. All of these can be found in any art store.


The essence of a calligraphic pen is that with one movement of the brush on paper, you can create a refined line or bend, which subsequently thickens, maneuvers, and then becomes thin again.

The writing tool works on the principle that draws a thin line with a slight pressure on the brush, and with more pressure, the line flows neatly and smoothly into a thick stroke. In this case, the line of transition from thin to thicker is not visible.

Many people are likely to think now that calligraphy is written only with brushes or bird feathers. The first, of course, is true, but not entirely.They wrote with brushes in the old days, when the possibility of inventing something else was not possible – there was no worthy analogue.

Similarly, at that time there was no analogue in the form of metal feathers. It was only in 1748 that Johannes Janssen invented the world’s first steel nib, and only a century later the German company Heintze & Blanckertz patented this idea and began mass factory production of the product.

There are a large number of brands on the market today that make both nibs and fountain pens. With the development of production, variety and availability appeared.

For people who are just getting to know this art for the first time, special sets are on sale. It remains only to choose the material from which the handle will be made, because it also depends on how it should be held.

There are different parameters, based on which you can choose the right pen for calligraphy. These include weight as well as material and cost. The more famous the company that produces the product, the better the quality and the higher the price.

First of all, it is worth considering what the pen consists of. It consists of four components:

  • tip; 90,034 90,033 teeth; 90,034 90,033 holes;
  • immersion levels.

Each manufacturer’s tip has its own specific point. The smallest feather for some is considered thick for others.

For convenience, pens are usually subdivided according to digital sizes: 0.38, 0.5, 0.75, 0.77, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 mm . Another option for dividing feathers into species is a special designation.For example, it is customary to highlight: Fine, Soft Fine, Medium, Broad, Music.

The hole was created so that the ink does not flow out in one big blob on the sheet, but is gradually fed to the tip according to the familiar principle of a pen.

The ink is transferred by means of a spring that is wrapped around the brush.

Pay attention to the hole in the tool – it should always contain ink. But if you take too much ink, then, most likely, a large drop will simply roll down the smooth metal down onto the paper.

If a person does not trust the pen or is afraid to stain the paper, then in this case it is worth purchasing ink pens that have refill cartridges or removable cartridges.

Operating principle

The principle of the pen is simple and consists in the teeth themselves. If the teeth, which are at the very tip as its components, are tightly compressed, and there is no pressure on the pen itself, then a thin sharp line is drawn.The lighter the pressure, the subtle line remains on the paper. But if you press harder, then the teeth will gradually begin to disperse, thereby increasing the line, making it thicker.

Opening occurs randomly from pressing. The main thing is that this is done correctly, otherwise there will be difficulties with writing, since the tip will become unpleasant and very noticeable to scratch the paper.

Always hold the brush or pen in the direction of the line that will subsequently appear on the sheet.If this is a straight line, then you need to maintain strictly 90 degrees.

If you need a line at an angle of 30 or 75 degrees, then the brush should be held at this angle.

But if such a task seems to be beyond the power, then there are special oblique holders in which the pen can be immediately installed at the desired angle.

Line length and thickness are also influenced by the flexibility of the pen itself. Flexibility is called Flexible, which means “flexible” in English. Each manufacturer has its own flexibility, which is indicated on the box of feathers.

Flexibility can be medium, super flexible or light.

Combinations between flexibility and nib thickness give the writing a distinct effect.But before looking at flexibility, it is worth paying attention to what font you plan to use when writing – both the capabilities and the letter itself depend on this.


A huge variety of fountain pens, single pens and writing kits are produced in the modern world. There are various sets: two pens with two selected nibs, one pen and three or more types of nibs.

Except for isolated cases or special orders, the companies produce standard nibs or sets, which include sizes F (fine), M (medium), B (broad). Extra fine (EF) nibs are also found in some rulers.

Famous brands present a small line of pens with flat nibs of different sizes, which are called the abbreviation stub.

Fine nibs

Originally created for accountants and bookkeepers, because they had to write numbers in narrow columns, and the text had to be written just as finely.Now such pens are classified as extra fine or fine-writing.

In writing, the lines were thin, the tip of the instrument was long and hard. Writing is a little more difficult due to the fact that the teeth, moving apart, scratch the surface very hard. They quickly fell into disrepair due to their subtlety, broke and could even rust.

Postcard pens

Sending postcards at all times cost significantly less than a full letter, which is why postcards were in great demand among consumers.And companies began to produce special pens and kits for writing on postcards, since standard accounting pens were not suitable for this business due to their fragility. Firms began to produce softer and more flexible nibs for comfortable writing on less dense cardboard.

For shorthand

It is worth dwelling on pens for shorthand.At that time, there were no copiers and scanners, and people often had to rewrite everything by hand. For this reason, shorthand was very popular, and a special nib was created for it to make it easier to work with.

The pen was equipped with a larger ink “shaft” than standard ink. The long body fits comfortably in the hand. Such pens were called Steno and did not hinder the work, did not scratch the paper, and they could write with them as quickly as the person himself could write.The pens were popular with people who wrote a lot.

Glass calligraphy pen

Special calligraphy pens appeared for the sophisticated person. The tip has a certain size, the body is one-piece and without cartridges.

Many amateurs and professionals notice that writing with a glass pen is somewhat remotely reminiscent of writing with a quill pen. In either case, a quick letter is simply impossible. Most likely, this can be suitable for meditative activities, for enjoying the process of calligraphy and drawing different decorations on letters and numbers.

Ball nibs or round nibs are suitable for beginners. The line of such brushes will be even, and the writing will not be such a difficult job, because the teeth will not go to the sides.

Selection rules

A properly selected calligraphy tool will serve for a long time and will be able to delight its owner for many years. For this reason, during the buying process, you should pay attention to the following qualities:

  • The nib must have a smooth mirror surface without scratches, cracks and chips;
  • The tip of the instrument must be flat and not deformed;
  • The teeth of a good tool should be the same size and symmetrical.

If the pen meets all these requirements, it will not scratch or tear the paper.

For an overview of classic writing pens, see below.

90,000 How Dior silk scarves are made – photos, videos :: Things :: RBK Style

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12 August 2021

The famous scarves of the French brand are a versatile accessory that can be worn around the neck, head, put on instead of a belt, decorate your wrist or even a bag with it.

Silk shawls, ribbons and scarves occupy a special place in the collections of the French brand.“For women, a scarf is what a tie is for men, and the way you tie it reflects your personality,” noted Christian Dior in his 1954 Fashion Dictionary.

New models of scarves for the fall-winter 2021/22 season are adorned with branded drawings and motifs of the house: print “Toile de Jouy”, “houndstooth”, flowers, signs of the zodiac. Prints and symbols coexist with works by the Italian artist Pietro Ruffo, created especially for Dior.

Dior silk scarf making process

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The process of making scarves combines factory work and manual labor.It all starts with drawings and patterns. Craftsmen use the pen engraving method to apply watercolors to the fabric. Then the drawings are transferred to a silk cloth.

Silk is ideal for shawls because of its softness, lightness and beauty. During the manufacturing process, scarves acquire the properties of a denser, silky twill. Jacquard edging is made on a special machine that allows you to create patterns and inscriptions of any complexity.

Scarves collection fall-winter 2021/22, Dior

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The technique of applying patterns on the fabric depends on the selected print – it can be silk screen printing or inkjet printing.

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