If you want to step up your doodle game, customize a piece of artwork for your home or office, create a cool and personal letter or card, or you’re looking to design your own logo or font, we think you should give calligraphy pens a try. These versatile pens turn letters into art, creating bold and beautiful fonts that are much easier to achieve than with standard pens and markers.
Calligraphy writing has recently come back into fashion, with small business and craft stores seeing a resurgence in the style when making greeting cards, posters, magnets, buttons, mugs and more. With angled nibs that aid in creating a unique and artistic font, calligraphy pens can be used in offices, art studios, at home and more.
We’ve included three different types of calligraphy pens, including a fountain pen that delivers a traditional calligraphy look, a pen set with various nib sizes, and calligraphy markers that come with 15 vibrant colors. Depending on your vision, all three pen sets may be great additions to your collection.
1. Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set
Choose from four different sized nib options with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set, which comes with color-coded pens available in 1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm and 6mm sizes. Each pen has a parallel plate structure that makes the pens easy to use and produces a professional-looking finish.
Pros: Each pen comes with a bonus red color cartridge and users can create a gradated coloring effect by touching the nibs together.
Cons: The Pilot pens can use other brands of cartridges, but Pilot brand works best with these pens.
2. DRYDEN Luxury Fountain Pen
For a professional looking high-end pen that consistently delivers a clean and crisp line, we recommend the DRYDEN Luxury Fountain Pen. The vintage style fountain pen has a desirable weight that feels heavy while still comfortable to use all day thanks to an ergocomfort design. The DRYDEN can accept refill cartridges and bottled ink and each pen comes with a PDF download to explain different writing and calligraphy techniques.
Pros: The DRYDEN pen is available in 10 barrel colors and is designed to work for both right and left-handed writers.
Cons: The DRYDEN pen does not come with ink, which must be purchased separately.
3. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
With three separate tips (soft, hard and twin), you’ll find plenty of uses for this set of pens from Tombow. We love them for calligraphy as you can get pretty creative using each different tip type, from precise lines with the hard tip, to cool shading with the twin. They’re especially great for travel! If you know you’ll be stuck on a plane (or the tarmac) for a long time, take these pens and some paper along for hours of doodling. And since they can’t be refilled, you won’t need to worry about bringing some ink along with you.
Pros: Three different types of tip come in each pack. The ink is a strong, deep black.
Cons: Unfortunately, you can’t refill these pens.