How to start Calligraphy.

One of my key themes throughout all the different hobbies I participate in is history. By history I don’t mean learning about the history of the hobby, or even learning the history of the world. I mean hobbies which have a shared history and have been around for many, many years. One of the main reasons for this is that I love participating in a hobby that thousands upon thousands of my ancestors have. Although I have to admit I do love exploring the history of the hobbies themselves.

Recently I decided to revisit Calligraphy. Years ago I had tried out calligraphy but due to my incredibly poor handwriting I quickly grew interested. Over the past 5 years I have been improving my handwriting, and since trying out calligraphy again I am slightly enamoured in the whole process.


One of the easiest ways to get into Calligraphy is through faux calligraphy. That is calligraphy using a standard (ballpoint etc) pen.  This is due to ease of starting, and lack of upfront costs.


Next up you will need to gather all your supplies.

  • 2 x Nibs (Nikko G is my preferred choice)

  • 1 straight pen - (I like Manuscript pens)

  • 32# laserjet paper

  • Ink (Sumi ink is my favourite)

  • Non-fibrous cloth

  • Water cup


Nibs come coated in manufacturer’s oils to keep them preserved prior to purchase.  Before use you have to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned.  One of the best ways to do this is the stick them in a potato! This ensures that the ink will flow seamlessly whilst writing and should prevent issues such as ink blotting.


Assembling your dip pen should be next on your agenda. I recommend purchasing a dip pen with a universal insert. This will then accommodate multiple varieties and sizes of nibs.