Just like it sounds, you dip the pen in the ink to write.
The dip-pen does not have a reservoir and must be repeatedly recharged with ink in
order to draw or write. Wikipedia has the Dip-pens history as the first steel pen ever made was in England in 1803. “In Newhall Street, John Mitchell pioneered mass production of steel pens in 1822; prior to that the quill pen had been the most common form of writing
Three main parts of the Dip-pen are the Shank or handle to hold on to. The Tip to write or draw with and the Vent hole that runs to the tip or nib of the metal. The metal is
flexible and gives when presser is placed on it.
You may ask why not use a fountain pen? Dip-pen or nib pen can use a waterproof
pigmented (particle-and-binder-based) inks, India ink, drawing ink, acrylic inks and the traditional iron gall ink, all of which would destroy a fountain pen by clogging or corroding.
Dip-pens are now mainly used for calligraphy, comics and illustrations. If you love dip-pens look for glass blown dip-pens or antique tips. Visit http://www.pendemonium.com/pens_dippen.htm,
a great site to see antique Dip pens.
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