Journals and notebooks, fine papers and pens, inks and their ilks, a few other things, and the occasional rant
For a fine-nibbed version of this bamboo pen, sharpen a bamboo chopstick with a pencil sharpener. Sand away any rough bits with fine sandpaper or emory board (fingernail file). Chopsticks write amazingly well. I used them for ink sample testing before I bought dip nibs. I actually prefer the chopsticks over the dip nibs. They are much smoother and easier to clean - just stick 'em back in the pencil sharpener.And the best part is they are free from your local Chinese eatery. Lovin' that price point.
Thanks for the post, Diane. Speck, you're right. Chopsticks I got. I whittled, I dipped, I wrote. Worked. Used a--duh--pen knife. Got something like a crude italic nib. Jack/Youngstown
I'm trying to picture this chopstick-pen and can't, you're basically making a wooden point right?
Mine looks like a really skinny pencil, sharpened to a point with no lead. Here are photos and a writing sample: Bamboo Chopstick Dip Pen
777 and Speck set off my cultural/economic cogitator. I guess most anyone around 2500 B. C. could have fashioned a stylus-pen thing of reed and an ink of soot moistened with saliva. Papyrus sounds like the hard part (and later rag paper, parchment, vellum), and at that time the expensive part of writing. Thanks again to all. Jack/Youngstown