Calligraphy pens

Of course, our pens glide effortlessly over paper and cardboard. But did you know that we also offer pens that can write on porous and smooth surfaces like wood, terracotta, glass and metal? The pen best suited to your project depends on what you want to use it for.

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Calligraphy made easy

Whether writing on a pot of herbs, making a wooden name tag or designing an especially artistic letter, with edding’s calligraphy pens you’ll simply write beautifully. Whereas in the past you had to work painstakingly with a brush and inkwell, today you can make easy use of our calligraphy pens. The odourless pens and markers are light-resistant, waterproof and designed for use on various materials, including paper, terracotta and glass. Like all edding products, our calligraphy pens are naturally available in a myriad of bright colours, from black to bottle green, and various stroke widths, both individually and as part of a set – for calligraphy that's easy to create!

The pen: as old as our desire to write

Humans have wanted to write beautifully since we began to record our thoughts on paper over 7,500 years ago. Until the invention of the printing press, there were specially trained calligraphers who artfully copied bibles and other books by hand. And that took quite some time – it sometimes took a skilled scribe half a year to copy a bible. Fortunately, everyone from graphic designers to hobby calligraphers can immerse themselves in the world of handwriting today. Whether you want to copy an entire book or create an artistic card design, your project is guaranteed to succeed with the edding calligraphy fibre pens.

Are you wondering what the difference is between calligraphy and hand lettering, and when you need a calligraphy pen or a brush pen with a brush tip? Although both refer to the art of beautiful writing, calligraphy is about writing and hand lettering is about the art of drawing letters. Take a look at our brush pen page to find out more.

The perfect calligraphy pen for every surface

While calligraphers once worked exclusively on paper, the possibilities for modern writing fans are more varied than ever. Of course, our pens glide effortlessly over paper and cardboard. But did you know that we also offer pens that can write on porous and smooth surfaces like wood, terracotta, glass and metal? The pen best suited to your project depends on what you want to use it for.

Our edding 1255 is particularly suitable for those who are just starting to explore calligraphy. The elegant calligraphy tip is available in various stroke widths: 2 mm for fine lines, 3.5 mm for medium-fine lines and 5 mm for thicker lines and strokes. As the robust chisel tip cannot be bent, it allows you to create successful calligraphy even if you haven’t had much practice. It’s the perfect beginner’s tool for beautifully harmonious handwriting! A model with a soft tip is the edding 1455. Thanks to its flexible chisel tip, you can decide which stroke width you use on paper, cardboard, canvas, wood and terracotta, from 1 to 5 mm. The appearance of your writing will change depending on whether you prefer to write with the tip or the wide edge of the pen, allowing you to create fantastic curves and lively letters. Both pen and marker are available individually and as part of a set in the colours black, steel blue, dark brown, bottle green and crimson lake.

If you’re looking for a highly opaque marker in fantastic metallic colours, our gloss paint markers with paint-like ink are the perfect choice for you. With the edding 753 and edding 755, you can not only write on paper and card, but also turn glass, metal, plastic and stone into hand-signed works of art. How are they different? Their stroke widths and choice of colours. The edding 755 is ideal for wider lettering. Its calligraphy tip, measuring 1 to 4 mm, is great for creating striking lettering in black, white, gold and silver. The smaller model is our edding 753. With its 1 to 2.5 mm tip, its permanent, opaque ink glides over numerous surfaces inside and out. One highlight: the pen is available in a dazzling copper shade. Naturally, our gloss paint markers are available individually and as part of a handy set.

Ready, set, go! Once you’ve chosen the right calligraphy pen for your project and relaxed your wrists, it's time to start writing. The secret of successful calligraphy lies in the so-called ‘pen angle’. If you hold the calligraphy tip at a 45° angle to your writing surface, you’ll achieve wonderfully expressive writing every day. For more detailed instructions and videos, take a look at our page of calligraphy tips and tricks.

Removing calligraphy pen ink

Since the inks of our calligraphy pens are waterproof, ink residues cannot be easily removed with a damp cloth. However, alcohol can still be a solution. First test the alcohol-based solvent of your choice – we recommend acetone or benzine for the paint markers and isopropanol for the calligraphy pens and markers – on an inconspicuous spot, as it may damage the material. And how do you remove the pen from the skin? The same applies here: with anything containing alcohol. We recommend alcohol-based hand disinfectants to get ink out of hard-to-reach spots and protect the skin.

Storing and disposing of calligraphy pens correctly

Whether you own a classic calligraphy pen or a calligraphy paint marker, it is best to store it horizontally to maximise its useful life. To prevent your marker from drying out, protect it from direct sunlight and keep the cap on when you aren’t using it. Finally, you can dispose of your pen with your general household waste.