How to Put Together Calligraphy Pens

Updated February 21, 2017

The first thing that you have to learn to do before you can learn calligraphy is how to put the pen together correctly so that the ink will flow through the tip. If you do it incorrectly, you will have a large mess on your hands, paper and possibly your clothes. Since India ink stains easily, learning the proper way to put a calligraphy pen together makes everything easier.

Remove the cap from the calligraphy pen. Unscrew the nib from the bottom half of the pen.

Place the ink cartridge in the longer part of the pen.

Holding the pen upside down, screw the nib back onto the pen. There will be a spot toward the end where the pen may be slightly harder to screw on. This means that the ink cartridge has been engaged and is now attached to the reservoir in the nib.

Place the cap back onto the pen and gently rock the pen upright and upside down again. This insures that the ink is welling into the reservoir so that you can write with it.

Remove the cap from the pen and gently make a few lines on a piece of scratch paper until the ink flows evenly.


When changing colour cartridges, be sure to rinse out the nib thoroughly and dry it using a wet paper towel. Place a piece of cling film over the open colour cartridge if there is still ink in it and rubber band the cling film in place so that the ink won't spill. be sure to use your scratch paper to make lines until the new colour starts to show strongly. This is called 'bleeding the nib.'


Never shake a calligraphy pen to get the ink flowing. You will spray ink everywhere.

Things You'll Need

  • Calligraphy pen
  • Ink cartridge
  • Calligraphy nib
  • Piece of scrap paper
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About the Author

Nicole Ramage has been writing professionally since 2005. She holds a certification in professional cake decorating and creates and sells custom cakes. She also teaches arts and crafts, specializing in weddings and baking. She earned her ordained ministership in Washington and Oregon in 2009 and an Associate of Applied Science in professional baking from Clark College.