How to Use a Glass Dip Pen

How to Use a Glass Dip Pen

"How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream".      --Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher & writer

We have been a long time fan of the traditional fountain pen but they don't come without a certain amount of financial investment (some are crazy expensive), care, and maintenance. That's where the glass dip pen comes in. It has quickly become a favorite of ours, not only for its beauty, but for its ease of use. Plus, glass dip pens can be extremely affordable allowing you to build a collection with very little financial investment. You don't need any special skills or to be a calligraphy expert; anyone can use a glass dip pen. Plus, you can change ink colors easily and quickly. This convenience is a huge advantage over the traditional fountain pen. 

If you purchase a glass tip pen, here are a few helpful tips: 

How to Use a Glass Dip Pen

  1. Dip about 1/2 to 3/4 of the pen's tip (also referred to as a "nib") into your ink. The spiral grooves serve as a reservoir that will hold your ink.
  2. Glide the tip against the edge of the bottle opening to remove any excess ink. Without removing the excess there is a possibility that you can deposit ink blobs on your paper.  
  3. Test your ink flow on a scratch piece of paper before you begin writing. This will help you determine if you have too little or too much ink loaded on the pen.  
  4. Begin writing and dip again as necessary. 
  5. Clean up is a breeze. When you are done writing, run your pen under water to remove any ink, wipe dry with a lint free cloth, and store it in a safe place. 

Types of Ink to Use

Using an ink on the thinner side is the key here. Using fountain pen inks or thinner calligraphy pen inks will work well.  

Maintaining a Glass Dip Pen

There isn't much maintenance needed which makes these pens so attractive to use. But we do have a few helpful tips to help care for your own pens: 

  1. If ink happens to stain the glass tip, soak the pen in plain water for a few minutes. Be sure to soak the pen in a horizontal position to protect the tip. Rinse and wipe dry. 
  2. Never store your pen with the tip facing down. This will help prevent the tip from breaking or chipping.
  3. If the tip wears down, gently grind it with a wet piece of fine-grit wet/dry sandpaper to sand it back to its original state.

Glass dip pens can be purchased here