In this quick guide, I will show you how you put together a calligraphy pen and how to load it with Ink, so that you can start writing! Firstly we will go over the different parts, then I will show you how to actually assemble the pen and finally, I will go over some resources, that will help you learning calligraphy! So let´s start!
The different parts of the calligraphy pen.
The main parts of the calligraphy pen are obviously the pen and the Nib. There are two different main styles of Nibs and quite a lot of different other more specific nibs.
The two main styles are the italic Nib, that is mainly used for italic and blackletter scripts, and the flex nib, that is mostly used for modern calligraphy like the English cursive.
It doesn´t matter which Nib you use, they are all assembled the same way. So don´t worry!
So how do I put together a calligraphy pen?
If we take a closer look at the actual pen, we can see, that it has some metal fins, that are inside the pen. That is a universal insert, that will hold any Nib in place.
With such an Insert you will be able to use almost any Nib you want. If the Metal “fins” don´t look like they do in the picture above, then don’t worry! Sometimes they are bend in, all you have to do is to gently bend them towards the middle.
The biggest mistake beginners make (Me included in the beginning) is, that they push the nib in between the “Fins”. But the Nib has to go between the “Fins” and the rim of the pen as seen below.
If you want to disassemble the pen, just carefully pull the Nib straight out of the pen.
And with that, you are done. You have assembled your calligraphy pen successfully!
you want to learn calligraphy?
If you want to learn calligraphy then you might want to check out my full beginners guide to writing calligraphy In this guide I will show you all the tools, that you need to write calligraphy, I will tell you how to prepare the calligraphy Nib and I will teach you 3 different scripts with free downloadable worksheets! So let´s learn calligraphy together!