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7 of the best calligraphy pens

Abigail Malbon
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From Country Living

Thinking of learning calligraphy, but not sure where to start? First you need to invest in the right equipment – and a great pen can make all the difference to your handwriting.

With calligraphy workshops becoming more and more popular, people are learning the skill in order to create their own notes and invites – and save money in the process. Others just see it as an interesting hobby. Even Meghan Markle used to do calligraphy on the side to make extra money.

Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned calligrapher looking for some new tools, we've rounded up some of the best below:

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These pens are great if you're hoping to create invites, cards or thank you notes, as they're easy to use and come in stand-out gold and silver colours. The markers produce a 2.4mm line, and the inks are washable – making them ideal if you're planning to get the kids involved.

This pen looks sleek, which is great if you're into more minimal designs. It comes with a flexible brush nib, and feels impressively like a real paintbrush – plus, at just £2.95, it's one of the cheaper options.

If you're a newbie to calligraphy, it's probably worth investing in a set that will get you started. This one from Anthropologie is designed by the UK's leading contemporary calligrapher, Kirsten Burke, and comes with three different size nibs and a bottle of black Chinese ink. You'll also get instructions and an alphabet to copy.

This set contains three black ink pens with 1mm, 2mm and 3mm nib width, so you can mix it up and try different writing styles. They're easy to use for all ages and levels, so make for the perfect starter option.

This pen set comes with four different sizes: 1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm and 6.0mm. Each comes with two ink cartridges as well – one red and one black – plus a nib cleaner to keep your pens looking fresh and new.

This 33-piece set includes everything you could possibly need, including four pens with interchangeable nibs, 20 ink cartridges in seven colours, five nibs in different shapes and sizes from extra fine to extra broad and an instruction book and a practice pad to help you get started.

If you're hoping for something that looks the part, it doesn't get better than this feather pen. With five different metal nibs and beautifully decorated wax seals, it's ideal if you're creating special invitations.

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