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[–] sparkybear 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I use Pilot Parallel Pens and inks. There are some crazy things you can do with them, and they are really solid, flow nicely, and I just like them. I have a set of dip-pens and one set of more 'traditional' pens with proper nibs but use an ink cartridge. I prefer the parallel pens though.

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[–] karmiechan ago 

I have a few Pilot Parallel Pens still in their original packaging that I received for my birthday from a family member who knew I was interested in learning calligraphy. I'm hoping they will be useful for picking up the basics!

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[–] sparkybear 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

They are! I used some makers to start but the parallel pens really help to teach you about pressure and position when writing.

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[–] ExN ago 

I have the largest parallel pen, and I really loved it when I bought it. But it guzzles ink like crazy, and I don't really use it anymore. It definitely has its place, but I just don't care for it anymore.

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[–] VoItaire 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I used to use a custom turned oblique pen from a local craftsman, though I seem to have misplaced it during my long hiatus from calligraphy. All I can find now is my Century olbique from paperinkarts. My scripts of choice are Engrosser's and Textura Quadrata, though it's been a long time since they've been practiced. I use walnut / hydrated peat moss as ink, for cost-effective practicing, and Higgins eternal or Windsor & Newton for finished pieces.

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[–] karmiechan ago 

I'm curious where you find walnut/hydrated peat moss for purchase. It sounds like something you concoct at home yourself. How does it work?

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[–] VoItaire 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I get both of them from this page here. The "Walnut Ink Crystals" are supposedly dehydrated peat moss of a sort, or so I've heard.

To be entirely honest, I have no idea how the crystals work. You can make walnut ink at home, there's a few good recipes, this one comes to mind. I would have done it by now but for a woeful lack of walnuts where I am.

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[–] ExN 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

For everyday practice, I stick with my trusty Manuscript pen and ink. It may not be a unique-high-quality-super-expensive pen like some of the other ones I've seen, but I'll be damned if it doesn't do a great job. I've had the same pen for almost two years now and it still works perfectly.

I've been meaning to get some Brause nibs though. I've heard great things about them. Also, I bought a bottle of Iroshizuku Murasaki-Shikibu ink and it is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the $17 on Amazon.