How to use a dip pen

What you need:
・Bottled ink
・Tissues or soft, clean cloth
・Cup filled with water
・Pen rest

Step 1: Attach the nib

Hold the nib and slowly insert into the nib holder.
If your holder has a break in the rim, insert the nib at the break for ease of attachment and removal, as pictured.

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View our compatibility charts below:
Metal nib
Nib holder - all finishes

Step 2: Dip in ink

Dip the nib in ink to soak, taking care to avoid contact with the base of the ink bottle. To remove excess ink, lightly tap the lip of the bottle.

Step 3: Write

Hold the pen at a 45-degree angle and write gently without applying excess pressure. Each dip writes two to three sentences depending on the ink and paper used.

Use a pen rest when setting down your pen to keep it safely in place.

Step 4: Rinse

Rinse the nib in a cup of water and dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Step 5: Remove

Hold the nib and slowly pull out of the nib holder. Remove any water from the nib mount by pointing it downwards and blotting with a tissue.

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