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Fountain Pen Parts 101: Flexible Nibs

When drawing or writing script, a fountain pen can come in handy. As we detailed in a past post, there are are advantages of using a fountain pen over other writing tools. In this post, we’d like to start a series that explores the individual parts of the fountain pen and the way that they contribute to the overall pleasant experience. We’ll start by spotlighting the fountain pen nib, and learn how to employ a flexible nib properly for the most enjoyable use of your fountain pen. Getting the most out of your flexible nib Hold the nib properly: Unlike a fountain pen with a firm nib or a ball point pen, flexible nibs require a much lighter touch. Each additional...

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The Illustrious History Of The Fountain Pen

Whether you’re an artist or not, chances are you’ve encountered a fountain pen at least once in your life. You may have received one as a gift or purchased it for your drawing hobby. You might even be carrying it in your breast pocket right now! You've probably never stopped to think about the fact that the fountain pen is a pretty marvelous invention that completely changed the way human beings write and create art. Keep reading to discover some fast facts about how the fountain pen and its parts were invented. Then stick around to shop the full selection of fountain pens and replacement parts here on the Ackerman Pens website! Fountain Pens Were Invented To Solve A Serious...

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Preparing your dip nibs for use

You need to prepare your dip nibs each time you use them. When you are using a new dip nib for the first time, you have to make sure there is no coating on the nib. Many manufacturers coat their dip nibs to protect them from rusting and to look better for purchase. The coating can be something as light as a thin oil to a dried shellac. You have to remove the coating if you want ink to flow over the nib smoothly. Old timers used to pop new nibs into their mouth and roll it around with their tongue to clean it, but we aren't expecting you to do that. You can wipe off an oil coat. You can...

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Example of lines drawing with various dip nibs

Someone recently asked if we could post examples of lines drawn with various dip nibs so they could determine what nibs would work best for them. It sounded like a good idea at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized pictures of line examples would not have much value to someone starting out. Most pen and ink artists already know their favorite dip nibs and what type of line they want to get from them. The major differences between nibs are not so much in the line that is drawn, since that is up the artist. Two artists working with the same nib can get dramatically different results. The important difference is in the "feel" of working...

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Call for art work

If you have created art work using our pens that you would like to share with the world, please tell us. We would like to display it in our art gallery.  You retain all rights to the images. We will also post a link to your web site or a site that hosts your artwork.  For more details, click Call for art work.

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