Understanding Calligraphy – Claudia writes 
Calligraphy is like dancing or playing an instrument. Of course, first and foremost, you need a certain love for   aesthetics and an artistic spirit to master it. But the  second most important things are the right “instruments”  and: practice. Yes, a lot of practice. It’s the art of  movement on a delicate surface. Our founder and c reative director Claudia, first a calligrapher (and dancer) and then a papermaker, will be sharing everything she knows and learnt in this blog series. From great nibs and inks to techniques and general thoughts. So in the end the dance on paper will become so much easier for you! 




a fine nib for a slower writing pace


I have to admit that I am a creature of habit when it comes to nibs. Once I find one that works well, I usually stick with it until my supply runs out.

Nevertheless, I've always kept my ears and eyes open and picked up favourites from other calligraphers on Instagram - including nib Brause No. 361.

It stands out mainly because of its beautiful blue colour.

I did my standard exercises again and already noticed in the upstrokes that I have to write more carefully with this nib. This is also noticeable in calligraphy: I can't let it flow like with other nibs, I write more slowly, more cautiously.

With this nib, finer and more delicate calligraphy is possible than with the Brause&Co. nib. No. 31M.

With finer nibs, the hand position is particularly important. If it is incorrect, the fibres of the paper are torn away. At the beginning it is really tedious - but in the end it is the best lesson.


For sweeping calligraphy, I still prefer Brause&Co. No. 31M. For classic calligraphy or slower writing, the Brause No. 361 nib is definitely an option. The longer and more often you write with the nib, the better it works (this is obviously true for every nib, but this test just made me realise that once more.)


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