Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nibs (July 2010)

These are two nibs I ground for a fellow fountain pen enthusiast.  They were fine/medium ballpointed to begin with, so became extra-fine italic after grinding (as a rule, nibs end up a size smaller when converted from ballpointed to italic).  The writing you see was done with the pens after they were ground.


  1. I love your work and your site. I used to do calligraphy years ago but not nearly as good as you. Now I oil paint. I would like to find some lined paper for calligraphy that, when you make a copy, the lines would not show. Do they make such paper? Thank you!!!

  2. Hi,
    Do you do calligraphy work for customers?

    Can I contact you?

    Please email me at


  3. Dear Sandra,

    Thanks very much for your kind words. I'm afraid I don't know of any such paper! I usually rule up everything very lightly in pencil, then clean it off. Sorry for this very late reply but I've been busy.

    Hi, Eitan

    I'm afraid I'm too busy with a full-time job to do any calligraphy commissions, but will e-mail you in case you don't read this.

    Thank you!

  4. Hello.

    I love your calligraphy writings. Where did you the pens and ink for writing?

    Thank you so much.


    1. Hello, Grace

      Sorry for the really late reply -- but better late than never, I hope. I got the pens and ink from bookstores, mostly from places like WH Smith and Selfridges, when I was a student in the UK. They can be bought much more cheaply online these days. Happy New Year.

  5. very good nibs! are they so flexible?

    1. Nope, these ones aren't very flexible -- the Lamy on the left has a pretty rigid nib, in fact.

  6. Mrs. W- There is some paper similar to what you are talking about available on John Neal's website. I believe the lines are bluish; I've not personally used them, but I've heard good things! They could be worth a shot if you haven't found any since that post and are still interested.

    Ludwig- I just moved to Labuan on East Malaysia-- do you know of any good calligraphy supply stores in East Malaysia or West Malaysia? I'm finding I have to order things from the US because it's difficult to both explain and find the types of nibs or inks I'm looking for. Is there a more local place that has an online shop you know of?

    1. Hi, Dani

      Thanks for your helpful reply to Mrs W (Sandra)!

      I'm afraid I don't know of any calligraphy supplies stores in Malaysia, but you can try Straits Commercial in Singapore: There aren't any shops specializing in Western calligraphy supplies (here, the word 'calligraphy' is synonymous with Chinese calligraphy) but the people at Straits are quite knowledgeable, so worth a try.

      For pens and ink, maybe try the KL-based Pen Gallery: They have an extensive selection.