Body Material: Plastic
Nib material: Felt
Where to buy: Bureau Direct J. Herbin Calligraphy Markers
These calligraphy markers are packaged in a simple cardboard box. I think a little guide along with them would be ideal, because these are geared towards beginners and one might not have any clue what to do with them! A guide that shows a new user what they could do with them and how to use the marker tips would be easy to include. The Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens include a small guide, which is easy to follow, and not intimidating.
These are very basic plastic pens with round bodies, short, blocky, black plastic clips, and short caps. There are three matte facets on the end of the barrel and on the cap, but the rest of the pen is a shiny black plastic. Uncapped, there is a narrowing nose towards the felt tips. The barrel of the pen is stamped with Calligraphy and the tip sizes - M 2.5 (medium), B 3.6 (broad), and XB 4.8 (extra-broad).
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
For about $10, you can play around with some felt tip calligraphy markers with black ink. The ink is decent enough - it dries really fast and doesn't smudge around. It isn't a deep, super saturated black, but it's black. No sheen, no spectacular qualities, just a black marker. Nothing wrong with that, because it's simple, doesn't smell funny, and it's affordable.
Chances are you want pens like these to try them out - perhaps to try your hand at calligraphy, or to add simple flourishes to something you're already doing. Addressing letters to friends? Addressing envelopes?
You can flip them on their corners for finer lines, but be gentle because this will dent the somewhat pointed corners.
- Great gift.
- Good idea for trying calligraphy.
- Easy to use!
- Minimal packaging.
- Ink is pretty water resistant - some washes away but it remains legible.
- Forgiving tips.
- For left- and right-handed writers!
- Not super precise tips, but that's ok.
These J. Herbin Calligraphy Markers are well suited to new users, or for those who don't feel like mucking around with dip nibs or fountain pens. They're easy and safe to carry (no leaks), easy to use, and affordable. Great for simple flourishing, pretty italic handwriting, for testing the calligraphy waters, or just for fun.
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