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    Heya peeps

    Can anyone recommend a really excellent calligraphy pen. I do wedding stationery, and many customers want their items done using calligraphy.

    I have been using a *manuscript* pen, but the feed keeps clogging. I have tried soaking and cleaning, but the ink still isn't flowing into the nib properly and it looks patchy. I really think the time has come to buy a new pen and I wondered if anyone can reccomend one.

    I would need at least two different nib sizes, and I mainly work in black although I want to branch out a little. I would need a fountain pen, as I can't dip to save myself!

    I am also considering using a converter to use proper bottled ink but with the convienience of a fountain. Does anyone else use this? Are there any inks you could recommend?

    Any help or ideas greatly appreciated. I lurk on this site a lot and you have been so helpful in the past!
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  • #2
    I use the Rotring Art Pens, with differeing size nibs and styles, they always give give good results but are not particularly cheap. With Pens you seem to get what you pay for, does not blot etc.

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    • #3
      I really like the look of these. I am stuck between the artpens and a shaeffer set.
      The art pens are more expensive but I really think I am going to go with them. It's nice to see someone thinks they are worth the money though!
      Thanks very much for your help!
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      • #4
        near where we live,we have this fantastic stationary shop and what they don't know about pens isnt worth knowing. Have you tried in your local stationers to see if they can help or at least point you in the right direction. Also the benefit of buying from a shop is that you actually get to try all the different products out instead of 'blind' buying and you can ask all the questions you need to. Hope this was some kind of help!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Emmalou View Post
          near where we live,we have this fantastic stationary shop and what they don't know about pens isnt worth knowing. Have you tried in your local stationers to see if they can help or at least point you in the right direction. Also the benefit of buying from a shop is that you actually get to try all the different products out instead of 'blind' buying and you can ask all the questions you need to. Hope this was some kind of help!
          Emma

          Hiya

          Thanks for replying. Sadly, there is only one shop near where we live (30 miles away) and it is extremely small. They don't stock very much at all and they are geared more towards art supplies. They do have the calligraphy sets, but you can't test them out beforehand, and they only have two.
          Thank you for the advice though, it would have been very helpful if a craft shop was near. In fact, I really think I should consider moving, the lack of craft shops is ridiculous!
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          • #6
            Just to add and make your decision more difficult, my DH did a calligraphy course, quite intense every stroke had to be at the right angle etc, etc but he was advised to use the Rotring one's for that. He passed with flying colours but has not used it since, typical will have to set him to work!

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            • #7
              Just to let you all know....

              I ordered the Rotring ArtPen about 3 minutes ago!!!

              Really excited, it has been ages since I ordered anything for crafting, as I have quite a bit in stock already. Can't wait to recieve it!!

              Thanks for all you help, it is much appreciated
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              • #8
                I don't think you can go wrong with Rotring - they've been around for decades.

                Have fun when it arrives!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by xrheax View Post
                  Hiya

                  Thanks for replying. Sadly, there is only one shop near where we live (30 miles away) and it is extremely small. They don't stock very much at all and they are geared more towards art supplies. They do have the calligraphy sets, but you can't test them out beforehand, and they only have two.
                  Thank you for the advice though, it would have been very helpful if a craft shop was near. In fact, I really think I should consider moving, the lack of craft shops is ridiculous!

                  You would think London would be better but we have 2 craft shops where we live and even then they are a distance from the house!!
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