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Dip pen holder with one new old stock writing nib

Dip pen holder with one new old stock writing nib

Regular price $6.50 USD
Regular price Sale price $6.50 USD
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We’ve long been of the opinion that artists unwilling to work with existing tools and materials may be just a bit precious: if we can't make interesting work without buying a bunch of new stuff, we might not be as inspired as we fancy ourselves. There are few reasons to keep buying new stuff when such rich materials and tools already exist on this planet in abundance, and when the joy of embracing these treasures adds depth and nuance to the creative process.

While fountain pens tend to get all the attention, we’ve developed a strong preference for dip pens because they're beautifully un-precious: you can experiment with all manner of writing liquids without clogging/rusting/ruining nibs... India ink, watercolors, reconstituted crusts from decades-old inkwells, liquid ink jet leftovers, food coloring, foraged nut dyes, we've tried it and loved it -- the trick is to matching your preference to a paper that holds it well. Oh- and to wash the nibs thoroughly after use.

We’ve set up this listing to offer a few different general pen/holder styles: plastic shaft, wood shaft, and wood shaft with a (cork or rubber) comfort grip. You choose your preferred type, and we’ll choose your pen handle carefully to make sure it's ready to roll before we ship it. We'll also include one of our favorite writing nibs to get you started. We encourage you to explore our other nib listings while you're thinking about this -- we have dozens of unused old stock options, and, well, options are good.

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