Practice with the chisel nib

The chisel nib

In contrast to the brush nib, the chisel nib represents the classic image of calligraphy: 
writing composed of thin and thick lines. This nib variation is widely used, especially in western and Arabic calligraphy.

The chisel nib can be used on its thick side as well as on its corner.

The correct grip

Take the pen between your index finger and your thumb, and support it with your middle finger. The pen should be guided securely, and in a controlled yet comfortable manner. 
It is important not to apply too much pressure, because the hand will otherwise become tired very quickly, and this will result in your writing looking stiff. Depending on the angle at which you hold the brush nib, the writing will become thinner or thicker. A more vertical angle creates a thinner line and a flat angle a thicker line.

Pressure with the chisel nib

Using the chisel nib (C), the pressure applied should be maintained without variation. You should try to apply a soft and steady pressure to the nib.


The writing rhythm

In the art of calligraphy, the rhythm is especially important. This means that making each stroke should take roughly the same time. To work with control, you should start working at a slower pace, and increase your pace only later.


Spacing and width

The width of a letter is based on the type of lettering as well as the structure of the word. Two thin letters next to each other, like the “double l”, will need an increased internal separation, and also from the next letters than an “A”, for example.

Choose the spacing between the letters so that the script has a harmonious effect.