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Difference Between Calligraphy and Fountain Pens

Fountain Pens

  • Fountain pens are the most elegant writing instruments which get presented as gifts to business professionals or graduates or retirees of law.
  • These pens are considered a mark of sophistication and mostly used by poets, cartoonist, illustrators, and artists.
  • Minimal effort is needed for writing and must be held at a constant angle of writing. You can create thick or thin strokes by the amount of pressure applied to the nib.
  • The nibs are either pointed or broad and made of Steel, Rhodium, or Gold. Very little ink is required for writing.
  • Generally, the nibs come in sizes of extra-fine, medium, and bold. The quality and durability of the nib depend on the skill of the person making nibs.
  • Medium nibs are standard for most of the handwritings.

Calligraphy Pens

  • Calligraphy pens are a particular class of fountain pens having broader and flatter edge nibs.
  • Due to the variation in thickness, these pens are used for projects and stylized writings.
  • The variation in thickness is created by varying the direction of stroke.
  • These pens are held at a constant angle, but different scripts require various nib angles.
  • Nib sizes are generally small, medium or large as measured in millimeters, and these sizes are useful for expressive journaling.
  • Calligraphy pens are sold according to the size of tips 0.08 (small), 1.4 (medium), and 1.8 (large).


Which type of pen is suitable for you? Fountain pens are stylish, have better ink control, and write with varying widths. Calligraphy pens are specialized pens used for projects and style writings. Choose your best pen based on the occasion. At Buchan’s Kerrisdale Stationery in Vancouver and Richmond, we have a wide range of Fountain and Calligraphy pens distributed by the most prominent brands. You can buy your favorite pens from our store or else you can order online.

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