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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Calligraphy lessons with Bortoletti

What are Calligraphy’s tools?


The Bortoletti team has decided to share its passion for calligraphy with everyone by publishing regular calligraphy lessons in order to provide anyone with the basic notions they need to improve the way they write. Calligraphy is the art of forming letters with beauty and grace, and is a passion shared by people all over the world.


The first step is to learn the rules to be applied constantly and to gain familiarity with the tools of the trade, calligraphy’s tools.

Before we can start forming letters of our own, we need to learn a little more about the art, going back in time to the end of the 7th century when the goose quill pen first appeared. The tip of the goose quill pen, which was used for over a thousand years, was cut in different ways for different styles of handwriting. This led to the invention of the first metal nibs in England at the start of the 1800s.

By the end of the 1800s, nib factories were working 10 tons of steel a week. The leading pen nib producers in England were Mitchell, Perry, Mason and Gillot while, after 1920, the most renowned names in Italy were Presbitero, Ruspi, Locati and Legnani. Cases of vintage dip pen nibs can still be purchased in antique stores today.


In more detail, the two indispensable writing instruments are the nib and the nib holder: the former can be divided into four specific types by use:

  • Slender-nib for normal writing. The special feature of this nib is the flexibility it offers due to its shape and its slit, which allows the pressure on the page to be varied in the downward strokes, thus producing the chiaroscuro effect especially seen in longhand script.
  • Drawing nib. This nib is used for ink drawing and gives finer lines than those of writing nibs.

  • Cut nib. The distinctive feature of this nib is the transversal cut of its tip that recalls the old goose quill pen. Various sizes for various calligraphies, such as Italian Blackletter or Rotunda, Gothic bookhand, Modern, and Italic are available.

  • Poster nib. This type of nib is used for special applications where larger dimensions are required.

The other instruments we need for calligraphy are:

  • an inkwell

  • dip pen ink

  • a ruler, and a pencil (not too hard) to trace the guidelines that will help us in our handwriting.

  • a pencil sharpener and an eraser

  • a sheet of paper of good quality is also essential.


When you’ve acquired these Calligraphy tools, you’ll be ready for your next Bortoletti Team Calligraphy Lesson.

If you want to start writing right away, just visit our e-shop and watch our tutorial videos!

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