Anyone whose hobbies involve writing knows the satisfaction of having beautiful, intricate handwriting. You may have started with fountain pens but wish to venture into the world of calligraphy, which is decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering.
The wonderful thing about today’s world of stationery is that there are pens for almost any type of writing you want to do. Calligraphy pens are specifically designed for beautiful, stylistic handwriting. If you’re just starting out with calligraphy, then these options are great to consider:
Pilot has a great option for calligraphy beginners with the Parallel Calligraphy pen. What makes this pen especially unique is the nib. Two parallel plates are stacked on top of one another to form the nib, and ink flows through the space between these plates and onto the edge of the nib.
Because of its design, it is able to lay down a solid line with no interruptions. The Parallel is also capable of creating gradation effects. If you’re looking for an inexpensive calligraphy pen with a variety of nib sizes to play around with and a wet ink flow, then the Parallel is a great option.
Another great beginner-friendly fountain pen that is ideal for everyday use and calligraphy is from Sailor. The Hi-Ace Neo Calligraphy Fountain Pen comes in three stub sizes: 1.0mm, 1.5mm, and 2.0mm, giving you a good range of nib widths for your calligraphy needs.
The pen body is lightweight, which may not be for everybody as some writers prefer a little heft in their hand for calligraphy. This pen does come in a reasonable length that feels balanced, even when posted. This makes it quite comfortable to write with, which is important as calligraphy can take some time to do. It produces crisp and clean horizontal and vertical lines, beautiful curlicues, and can even be used for musical notation if you write small. Overall, this is a great staple to have in your calligraphy pen collection.
One other excellent calligraphy pen from Sailor is the 1911 Fude de Mannen Fountain Pen. This pen is fitted with a gold-plated steel fude nib, which is a nib bent upwards to provide calligraphy style writing.
This pen is excellent for those experimenting with their calligraphy writing style because it produces a wide variety of strokes. The fude nib is firm and capable of creating fine and broad lines depending on the angle of the pen to the paper. The reverse side of the nib produces crisp and dry lines while the normal side can create medium to quadruple broad lines. It may take some practice to get the hang of it, but it’s one of the most versatile calligraphy pens you can get.
The LAMY Joy Fountain Pen has a unique design that tapers at the end, making the calligraphy experience more enjoyable. Similar to other LAMY fountain pens, the grip section is shaped in a triangular tapered end to fit one’s fingers when holding it.
This pen comes in stub nibs from 1.1mm to 1.5mm and 1.9mm widths. For calligraphy, it’s best to use a wetter ink for better flow. You can use LAMY cartridges or use the converters from this brand with your own choice of ink.
Whether you’re doing logo designs, wedding invitations, or simply celebrating your creativity through beautiful handwriting, having a good-quality pen to start with is a must. Try different nib sizes and ink colors and let your imagination run wild.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting