Old School Typography Tools — What is your favourite writing utensil?

BrettR's picture

Originally I was going to give a nice little intro that leads into the forum topic about how the pen is mightier then God know what, but then I realized I am way to lazy to write that out...

The question: What is your favourite pen/pencil/rock&chisel?

hrant's picture

For me it's gotta be the Staedtler eraser.

hhp

oldnick's picture

Put in a vote for Rapidograph technical pens…

dezcom's picture

Hard compressed blocks of charcoal.

riccard0's picture

Whatever is available at the time. Even a fork, if the paper at hand is soft enough to being incised.

BrettR's picture

Lately I have been a fan of the Lamy Pico, it is good for scribbling down details, plus it fits well in the pocket.

Anyone fancy fountain pens?

.00's picture

Stiff crow-quill pen, india ink on Bienfang Graphics 360 paper. Shot to film negative where the edges are clean up with a #16 xacto blade and my custom made sanded down french curve. This technique was taught to me by Ed. Benguiat.

Chris Dean's picture

*spits over his left shoulder*

Punks. I rule.

rs_donsata's picture

Uniball Micro.

Joshua Langman's picture

Stick in the sand.

russellm's picture

Parker P51 fountain pen, Hero 616 , excellent Chinese knock-off P51,
Pentel brush pens and Faber-Castell Pit Artists pens

Chris Dean's picture

Oh, and I used to make my own calligraphy pens by hand-carving popsicle sticks.

BrettR's picture

I saw this pen the other day, Bolt Action Pen. I chuckled when I saw it.

dezcom's picture

Was that pen made in Springfield?

Chris Dean's picture

Bolt schmolt. How ‘bout kung-fu calligraphy?

Chris Dean's picture

Or, at 2:25, you can check out Dark Judge Brushes.

BrettR's picture

The worst part is, I watched the whole kung-fu video... twice.

HVB's picture

A combination wacom tablet/touch-screen flat monitor

Bert Vanderveen's picture

The pen-tool in the iPad App ‘Paper’ produces wonderful swashes. That one is my favourite at the moment.

TurtleType's picture

Speaking of "old school" writing tools!

First grader born without hands wins penmanship award

hrant's picture

That's nothing.

Chiro, shmiro.

hhp

dezcom's picture

LOVE that photo, Hrant! :-)

Nick Cooke's picture

Lamy Accent with oblique medium nib. So smooth, I love writing with it.

tmac's picture

You can't go wrong with a Staedler Mars Technico.

And I've been trying to get my chops up with a sable Mack Brush (Red Sable Lettering and Showcard Brush).

BrettR's picture

@Nick Cooke, I just bought that pen (except in black with silver rings and it is a ballpoint), absolute dream to write with.

In general I enjoy Lamy's pens thoroughly. Probably the most beautiful of which is the Lamy 2000. It's the Scarlett Johansson of pens.

McBain_v1's picture

2B pencil, triangular cross-section, sharpened with a Stanley knife.

russellm's picture

the ubiquitous graphite pencil Oldest Pencil in the world.

they are all good. Mostly.

The oldest know one was lost by a Bavarian Carpenter in 1600's

Nick Shinn's picture


Left to right:

  • Parker ball-point—Isn’t that sleek as a 707? I’ll click it again!
  • Sheaffer calligraphic pen—laborious and needs a good warm-up.
  • 3 mm mechanical pencil—handy for developing drawings (the top harbors an eraser).
  • Uni Ball—good for notetaking in Moleskin.
  • Parker fountain pen—smoother and faster than the Sheaffer.
oldnick's picture

White cellophane tape was another handy addition to the toolkit for preparing camera-ready line art.

BrettR's picture

Porsche Design has a cool concept for one of their pens. Quite ugly though..
Shake Pen

Chris Dean's picture

@BrettR: Magnificent Butcher is an awesome kung-fu film. I recommend watching it.

BrettR's picture

Is this the type of movie you watch in the afternoon with a glass of shiraz or the type that you watch at 3am with lots of cheep beer by your side?

BrettR's picture

Dually noted. I shall write it down on my Moleskine "Movies to Watch" list with my faux Montblanc.

riccard0's picture

Since we’re talking about wuxia films with ties to calligraphy, “The bare-footed kid” by Johnnie To (the hero learns to write with a broom) and “Hero” by Zhang Yimou (parallels between the art of calligraphy and the art of the sword are a major plot element) are a must.

russellm's picture

Holy @!#$

I have committed the sin of posting a link that has already been posted in a different thread over a month ago and that I knew nothing about.

:o)

riccard0's picture

Did you? I thought your link was about water calligraphy, while mine is about snow calligraphy.

hrant's picture

Just wait.

hhp

russellm's picture

> Did you?

uh-oh... Whoops -Someone (moi) was on a hair trigger today. Sorry.

:o\

R

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