Calligraphy And Ball Pens

By: Priyesh Resh

Calligraphy has been considered an art form for centuries, and I feel very encouraged to see the ancient practice still being used. A highly skilled practitioner can elevate the practice of Calligraphy to stunning works of art that inspires others. Lettering and calligraphy have been used as forms of expression ever since we, as a human race, have learnt to write. It can be learned and enjoyed by everyone, and can become an absorbing hobby.
A modern definition of Calligraphy is the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skilful manner. Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand lettered inscriptions and designs to fine art pieces which focus on abstract expression rather than readable text. Calligraphy is still flourishing in the form of wedding and event invitations, font design/typography, original hand-lettered logo design and religious art. To learn more about the art of Calligraphy visit Learn Calligraphy and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.
The traditional implement for writing Calligraphy is the dip pen. It consists of a metal nib attached to a wooden handle, and has been used since the early 19th century. Before the dip pen, the feather quill pen was the most common writing instrument. A skilled craftsmen could cut the quill so that it would create some very beautiful Calligraphy effects. A whole range of exquisite Calligraphy Sets including Feather Quill Pens can still be purchased today. Why not liven up your handwriting with the art of Calligraphy.
Fountain Pens versus Ballpoint Pens
Fountain pens have been the most popular writing instrument since the beginning of the 20th century, but are being caught up by the ballpoint pen. In my opinion the fountain pen is the ultimate writing instrument, and has many advantages. Firstly they are so stylish in appearance, epitomising traditional elegance from a bygone era. Secondly they write much more smoothly, and require less pressure to be applied to the paper. The reason for this is that fountain pens take liquid based ink, whilst ballpens have oil based ink.
There is an added benefit here, because fountain pens allow much more expressive penmanship due to the liquid ink. Fountain pens are much more collectible, with some vintage Parker pens worth thousands of pounds. To read more about fountain pen collecting visit Nibs website. This isnt to say that ballpoint pens dont have their benefits too; they are much more convenient and less messy. But in my opinion a fountain pen has the edge.

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