Review: Parker Fountain Pens for Calligraphy




Tara-Nair-Calligraphy-Artist-Pune-IndiaHeya! Being a Calligraphy Artist, I have been asked a lot many questions. Questions like: “how did you know you wanted to go for this art form?”, “how did the journey started?”, “its been how long since you are into Calligraphy?” etc.  I still receive them, whenever I meet people from different grounds. So I felt like, sharing the beginning of my journey (to become a Calligraphy artist) with you. This  being the first post of the series… I will start with reviewing Parker Fountain Pens for Calligraphy.

There is one advice for the beginners though, who are into any art form or any other field; always start buying the tools that are the cheapest and the most basic ones. In my case, I begin hunting for the most basic tools in Calligraphy, and that was bamboo pens (with chipped ends). And… as they say… the more money you put in, better the quality and experience you’ll get. So yup, it wasn’t good, as it messed up my hands whenever  I practiced with it, but hey it’s all part and parcel of the journey yeah?Bamboo-Parker-Calligraphy-Tools-Crimson-April-BlogIn my childhood, to have Parker pen was a BIG deal. It was the pen for great writers and hi-class people. I remember when I gifted my brother a Parker pen when I was in class 7th, man his expressions went bonkers. Anyways, I will not deviate you from the prime topic anymore ;) So the second SPLURGE on my way to Calligraphy was Parker. That was a Parker fountain pen priced at Rs.400/-, it was especially a Calligraphy set. I still have it. It has three chipped nibs, had two disposable ink cartridges and has one refillable ink-cartridge. I quested for that pen set in markets back in 2012, thankfully you can buy Parker fountain pens online these days. Coming back to the point, below noted are the points to be considered before buying them.

Review: Parker Fountain Pens for Calligraphy

 

Parker-Pen-Calligraphy-Set-Crimson-April-BlogPros:

  • Write in style (adds a classy persona)
  • Great for beginners
  • Doesn’t mess up hands while writing, but it does while refilling the ink cartridge. Compared to other fountain pens… this is the best buy for “bold Calligraphy”.
  • It is grab and go. Unlike setting up the work-station and dipping the pens in ink-bottle, this is a quicker way to get started with Calligraphy.

Cons:

  • If you are looking for thinner strokes, then switch to other tools available as Calligraphy pens. The wide nibs of Parker fountain pens will give you thicker strokes, just like the bamboo pens.
  • The ink takes a long time to come out of the nib. You have to tap, shake the pen, squeeze the tip, dip in ink and do a jig to coax it out.

But you know what… do not feel discouraged. This doesn’t mean at all, that you can’t proceed to become a Calligrapher. These are the hit and trial methods to get there and become an “Experienced Calligrapher”. I went on with this pen set for more than three months to get the hang on pressure while writing in Calligraphy. Otherwise… I adore this brand a lot :) Hope this post was helpful for the beginners, wannabe Calligraphers and Parker pen lovers. Please do comment below, if you have a say on this topic. Thank you so much for being with me. Adios!!

 

 

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