Dip Pen: Making Nib Holders – Part 1

Making Dip pen holders! Even before I start to pen down some experience , Let me say by saying , “Making a Dip Pen Holder is not at all difficult as it seems. Yes! It does need interest, patience  and the diligence to gather the materials required!”. Also in this series of post, I  do not intend to discuss the process of making these pens in detail as there are tons of YT videos and blogs that already do that. My intention here merely is to inspire any calligraphers ( or even non calligraphers) out there to try their hands into this calligraphy art vertical, making a calligrapher nib holder.

I have come a long way from those days, particularly since past few months, since when I began a quest to make pen holders for myself. I’m still very far from the highly finished products turned on lathe machines by professional Dip Pen Holder makers, but I believe I have a reached a minor milestone in my quest , far enough to share my experience and be of little inspiration to those on the similar path.

I have always been charmed with Dip Pen Holders and the sheer variety of these, one can buy online ranging from just plain plastic/pvc ones to extra-ordinary, exotic hand made wood, glass, acrylic options. I have bought some cheap dip pen holders for a few years now, but I can remember buying by first decent Creatacolor wooden dip pen holder around five years back . Believe it or not , I still haven’t used it, thinking I must save it for occasional writing only, as I dint want to spoil it; just so stupid of me, but it has been an inspiration to create my own dip pen holders. Below are the few holders that I have managed to DIY  , In the past few months ( the amateur mobile pictures, does least justice to the work, but will give the readers a fair idea of the effort) . Story of making these holders will follow in later posts …

Straight and Oblique Dip Pen Holders made out of some very old Burma Teak

Straight and Oblique Dip Pen Holders made out of some very old Burma Teak

 

Straight and Oblique Dip Pen Holders made out of local teak wood

Straight and Oblique Dip Pen Holders made out of local teak wood

Dip pens made from machine turned wood

Dip pens made from machine turned wood

Straight Nib Holders with a copper sleeve : for easy removal of nib and make the writing end a bit heavier

Straight Nib Holders with a copper sleeve : for easy removal of nib and make the writing end a bit heavier

Oblique Dip Pen Holders made from home made air dry clay ... Lighter and slightly flexible

Oblique Dip Pen Holders made from home made air dry clay … Lighter and slightly flexible

 

In the next part , will  discuss about the  various materials that could be used to make custom nib holders.

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