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How to Put Tips on a Calligraphy Pen

Calligraphy Pen
S. Faloon 2009

A calligraphy pen will come with several parts. You will have a pen holder, which can be made of plastic or wood. There are pen nibs, which you will be inclined to think of as pen tips. Reservoirs are small metal coverings for the nibs. They have flaps that will grip the nib and stay in place to hold ink or paint. It takes a few simple steps to put the tips or nibs into a calligraphy pen.

Pen Holder, Italic Tip and Reservoir

Place your pen parts on the table. Choose the pen nib that you want to use for your calligraphy project. It will have a piece of metal that goes with it. This is the reservoir that helps to hold the ink or paint.

Pen Holder with Metal Grips

Look for the metal grips in the top of the pen holder. There are two open areas in the metal that are the inserts for pen nibs.

Look for Embedded Line in Nib

Notice the line that is molded into the pen nib.

Nib, Holder and Reservoir

Use your fingertips to push the pen nib or tip into the metal slot of the pen holder up to the line that is molded into the nib. Hold the base of the nib when inserting it into the holder.

Put the reservoir on after the nib is seated into the pen.

Things You'll Need:

  • Pen holder
  • Nib
  • Reservoir


  • Push the pen tip in with your fingers at the base. The tips can be very sharp and will cut you. The tips can also bend and break if the aren't handled properly.
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