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The Calligraphy Deluxe Kit includes:
Posted November 15, 2008
Considering that the pens are just plastic, the set was a tad pricey. I'm used to spending a fair amount for fountain pens, but their bodies are always a bit more substantial. I guess having three pens and nibs, is why it was more costly than other sheaffer products.<BR/>Don't get me wrong though, this set writes wonderfully. It is a great set for using at a desk, but since these are meant to be more of an art utensil than an everyday-use fountain pen, the bodies are quite long. They remind me of the wooden handles on calligraphy art sets, or perhaps a bit like the long glass handle pens... These handles do give them a very unique figure. Plus, unlike other sheaffer sets, the pens do not have a cut out in the body to show the ink, which makes the pens look nicer. Also, the caps have the size nib written on it, which, again, isn't very aesthetically pleasing, but I guess it's helpful for some.<BR/>The nibs write smoothly. I love the refillable cartridge with this set; other sheaffer calligraphy sets do not include them. It makes the set a bit more advanced, allowing one to write with one's favorite ink, instead of just the supplied cartridges. Plus, you can fill it every so slightly, use that ink, clean it, and use a different color, instead of being limited to a cartridge that you can't store very well outside of the pen once ruptured. I think that's a nice quality that most fountain pens offer.<BR/>As with all sheaffer ink cartridges, be careful what type of paper you write on... It has a bit more watery of a consistency than india ink. So I recommend testing it out before starting a project, especially if you're not used to ink cartridges.
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