Dip Pens

Dip pens are pens you dip in ink - they don't have any ink stored in them, and need to be dipped every few words or lines of drawing. So why would anyone still use these old things when we have pens that are so much easier? Well, there are a few reasons:

  • It's very quick to change ink colours - just dip in a different colour next time, maybe wiping on a bit of tissue if there was ink still on the nib.
  • Some specialist nibs are only available this way, especially where they're likely to wear out in use, or are easily damaged. If you want a really flexible nib, dip pens can be the best choice.
  • They can use inks that can't be used in fountain pens, including pigment inks and ink with shellac added for shine.
  • They're a nice old-fashioned thing that some people just enjoy the experience of using.

Along with a selection of traditional and unusual nibs from Brause and Manuscript, we have some of the most popular Japanese nibs from Nikko and Tachikawa - their 'G' nibs are very popular for manga and modern styles of calligraphy.

Nikko G Nib Single
Nikko G Nib Single Specialist dip pen nibs from Japan
Only £2.85 inc VAT £2.38 ex VAT
Nikko Maru Nib Pack of 2
Nikko Maru Nib Pack of 2 Specialist dip pen nibs from Japan
Only £6.40 inc VAT £5.33 ex VAT
Brause Nib Holder with Nib
Brause Nib Holder with Nib Classic-style dip pen holder with nib
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Only £4.10 inc VAT £3.42 ex VAT
Brause Dip Pen Nib Set
Brause Dip Pen Nib Set Packs of assorted nibs for dip pens
Only £6.70 inc VAT £5.58 ex VAT 15% off
Brause Nib Holder with Cork Grip
Brause Nib Holder with Cork Grip Lovely wooden nib holder with non-slip grip
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Only £6.70 inc VAT £5.58 ex VAT
e+m Marble Nibholder
e+m Marble Nibholder Simple dip pen holder
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Only £2.35 inc VAT £1.96 ex VAT
e+m Sagittarius Wooden Nibholder
e+m Sagittarius Wooden Nibholder Simple wooden dip pen holder
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Only £2.35 inc VAT £1.96 ex VAT
e+m Gemini Grip Nibholder
e+m Gemini Grip Nibholder Simple wooden dip pen holder
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Only £4.00 inc VAT £3.33 ex VAT
e+m Artist Nibholder Pen
e+m Artist Nibholder Pen Simple wooden dip pen holder
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Only £9.90 inc VAT £8.25 ex VAT
e+m Antique Nib Holder
e+m Antique Nib Holder Simple, antique-style nib holder
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Only £12.95 inc VAT £10.79 ex VAT
J. Herbin Little Glass Dip Pen
J. Herbin Little Glass Dip Pen Beautifully hand-crafted glass dip pen
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Only £11.50 inc VAT £9.58 ex VAT 4% off
J. Herbin Marbleised Glass Dip Pen
J. Herbin Marbleised Glass Dip Pen Beautifully hand-crafted glass dip pen
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Only £16.95 inc VAT £14.13 ex VAT 4% off
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