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What Does a Calligraphy Pen Look Like?

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Calligraphy is a beautiful art that has been used for centuries by many different groups of people around the world. But what is calligraphy and what kind of special equipment do you need? Calligraphy is the artistic interpretation of handwriting or lettering. It is created by using special pens (we will talk about them in a moment) and techniques.

It is most popular when it comes to invitations and the creation of fonts and typography. So, let’s talk about the tool of the trade and answer the important question — what does a calligraphy pen look like? Read on to find out.

What is a Calligraphy Pen?

These pens are a form of the fountain pen, but with a broader, flat edge nib. This nib enables the calligrapher to craft lettering that has varied thickness to create stunning works of lettering. This pen is a tool used for artistic projects that need a stylized handwritten wording that lends a note of elegance.

Depending on the angle that you hold the pen you will be able to create different styles of lettering and the size of the nib also plays a part in that as well. The nibs for calligraphy pens come in small, medium, or large.

Now let’s dissect the chosen artistic weapon, so that you can keep your tool primed and working at peak performance levels.

The Anatomy of a Calligraphy Pen

Understanding how your tools work is an important part of the creation process. After all, you wouldn’t want to sit down ready to create a typographic masterpiece to find out that your pen has been compromised. So, what does a calligraphy pen look like and what are the different parts? Here they are:

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This covers the nib and connects to the body of the pen itself. Within the cap, you have an insert (in most cases) which is a plastic piece that assists in ensuring that the nib is tight and secure as well as keeps the moisture level perfect.

Another piece of this anatomy is the lip which is where the cap's opening is and houses the threading needed to attach it to the main body.


The barrel is the main body to the implement and is where the ink is stored.


Next to the ink storage, this is the most important piece of a calligraphy pen. The nib is the metal piece that meets the paper and the method of which the ink is delivered to said paper. The only piece of the nib that you should care about and that is only to ensure you keep it clean is the slit. The slit is basically a hole cut into the nib that carries the ink to its destination.


The feed in the delivery mechanism within a pen that attaches to the nib and the reservoir to make sure the ink is getting to the nib. The feeder also has a few key pieces to understand so you can make sure you have an efficient pen when working on your calligraphy. The fins saturate the ink in the air passages which keeps the ink regulated. The ink channel is just that the channel in which the ink travels from the reservoir to the nib


This is the piece of the pen that the nib fits into and threads into the barrel.


This is a screw-piston mechanism that is used in the pen-filling process. With this tool, the pen is allowed access to more than just the brands in selection and often can be used with pens that accept cartridges as well. By creating a vacuum, the seal of the converter draws ink into the reservoir.

The converter is usually used by turning a knob or pushing a button to initiate the filling process. They converters come in two styles — standard and crescent ink bladder. Each one is initiated by a different piston mechanism, but the filling process is basically the same.


Knowing your tools is an important part of creating your art in the way you want to. That not only means understanding the process of using the implement but also the inner workings of it as well.​

Now, with this question answered, you not only know what a calligraphy pen looks like, but also how it works. With this knowledge you will be able to keep your calligraphy writing functioning at the highest level of performance, leaving your mind free to be creative. 

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