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Write Like a Scribe

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These few days, I’ve been reading a book so that I can submit a book review to a journal. It’s often the case that academic books can get rather boring. I decided the best way to make things interesting is to attempt calligraphy while I make annotations. So I took out my trusty dip nib a bottle of ink! My …

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The Pilot “Tank” Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen (a.k.a Pilot Vintage Fountain Pen)

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I recently discovered a lovely little gem in Mustafa! Here is the Pilot Tank Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen I don’t know what its official name is. The salesman referred to it simply as a vintage Pilot pen. It’s not really a vintage pen, it’s more like a modern re-creation of a vintage edition. Some websites call it the Pilot Tank Non-Self …

Daiso Fountain Pen

Daiso Fountain Pen

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I finally got a hold of the famous yet almost-impossible-to-find Daiso fountain pen! The reason why this pen is so difficult to find is because many pen enthusiasts have bought so many of these pens that stocks of this pen are cleared regularly in a very short span of time. By the time you see reports of sightings of this …

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Hero Fountain Pen Ink

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I was recently introduced to the Hero fountain pen ink, and I must say, I was very impressed! Hero is a huge stationery brand in China. Don’t let the “Made in China” label fool you. Many of their pens are actually very nice to write with even though it’s just a few dollars! This is the one brand where a …

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Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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Well, once again, I’ve ground another fountain pen nib. I was experimenting with it to see if I could get a thin nib, but that didn’t go well. So, to salvage the situation, I ground it further to get a calligraphy tip. As you can see, the tip is not round as a ball anymore. What can you do with …

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Calligraphy Experimentation with a Fountain Pen

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I recently figured out how to create thick and thin lines with a fountain pen using a ball-tip nib. Here’s an attempt. Unfortunately, the paper I used wasn’t very good, so you can see some ink bleeds. “Do nothing and everything will be done.” It’s a very loose paraphrasing of the Daodejing, 37: “The Dao does nothing, yet leaves nothing …

Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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I’ve been a huge fan of fountain pens. The writing is really smooth, and the best part is that it’s very ergonomic! I’ve read articles on the internet about how the increased usage of computers has conditioned us to hold the pen like a mouse, gripping the pen with far too much force than is necessary, thus straining our wrist. It’s …