The Calligraphy pen is an indispensable tool of a calligrapher. Calligraphy, meaning "beautiful writing", came into prevalence more than 4000 years back, and gained prominence since then. The Western, Arabic and Chinese forms of calligraphy are the more popular kinds. Among these, Western calligraphy uses calligraphy pens for their art.
Calligraphy is a fun and rewarding hobby with many enthusiasts. Now that you decided to take up calligraphy as a hobby, it is worth mentioning that the equipments for calligraphy, such as, calligraphy pens, quality paper, ink, even the thickness and the angles of the pen nibs are very important in the creation of a beautiful piece of calligraphy.
You need to choose a calligraphy pen according to the style of your writing. There are some types of pens which are commonly used such as, Speedball pen, Calligraphy Cartridge Pen and Calligraphy marker. A brief description of each of the types of calligraphy pens will help you decide which pen suits you. The usage of the different types of calligraphy pens is as follows:
Calligraphy Speedball Pen
This category of calligraphy pens is inexpensive and the most versatile. The tip or the nib of the pen is inserted into its handle. You need to dip the pen into a bottle of ink every other time while writing. Thus, the major disadvantage lies in the lack of consistency in drawing a line and the variation of the thickness of ink, which in turn affects your writing.
Calligraphy Cartridge Pen
This type of calligraphy pen contains a cartridge which can be refilled from time to time using a syringe, dropper or a pipette. You usually tend to get a consistent, good quality of writing with this pen. However, the major disadvantages are the high cost of this pen and the requirement of timely maintenance without which the calligraphy cartridge pen will not function properly.
There are two different models of this category of calligraphy pens, single tipped and double tipped. Among the two, the double tipped model is the better to use as the two different tips allow a wider range concerning the size of the alphabets. You can begin your journey of calligraphy with this calligraphy pen as this does not have the hassles of liquid ink or a messy work place. You need to place a cap on the tip after use otherwise the ink might dry up and you will have to throw the pen away.
Whichever calligraphy pen you buy, you need to take some basic care of it. From time to time, cleaning is required. You can remove the nib of the pen and soak it in water. Keep changing the water until it eventually becomes clear.
Now, that you know enough of calligraphy pens, choose wisely before buying. Some popular makes of these calligraphy pens are Scheaffer, Panache, Rotring and Faber. Even if you are confident enough, you still might have second thoughts regarding the type of calligraphy pen to buy. In that case, you could consult some experts, who can be found in local hobby clubs, or even online, or simply step into a Chinese stationary shop where you can ask the support staff any questions you may have on calligraphy pens.