Even though I’m not terribly proficient at using them, I really do love a good glass dip nib pen. So when I saw that Jetpens had Rohrer and Klingner Glass Pens ($30) in stock, I was eager to give one a go. I chose the Blue and Copper version.
The pen is super lightweight (approximately 17g) and is handcrafted in Germany. No two are quite the same; they may vary a bit in pattern, texture and tip width.
If you’ve never used a glass dip nib they’re tons of fun! Grab a bottle of ink, a notepad and your pen to get started. Open the bottle of ink and dip the nib of the pen in, swirling a bit to let in gather in the grooves. Then settle down to write. As you write, if the ink starts to fade a bit, gently twirl the pen to allow the other grooves to drain towards the nib. See how long you can write with just one dip in the ink!
This particular pen is approximately 7.25″ (18.5cm) long. It fits comfortably in my hand. So far the only thing I’m still playing with is exactly how get some line variation by adjusting the nib angle in my strokes. This nib isn’t as fine as another glass nib that I have (my other is technically acrylic as well!), but it’s of much better quality. The nice thing about glass nibs is that as long as you’re careful with them, they’ll last forever!
If you’re looking for something fun to play with, or to add to your wishlist for the season, try one of these!
- Pen: Rohrer and Klingner Glass Pens ($30 from JetPens)
- Paper: Maruman Nemosyne N182 Inspiration Notebook A5/Graph ($9 from JetPens)
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