How to Use a Glass Pen and Ink

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Things You'll Need

  • Glass pen

  • Ink

Glass pens are a type of ink dip pen, but with several unique attributes. Glass pens do not incorporate interchangeable nibs, so they are ready to use right away and their tips don't wear out. Additionally, these pens quickly rinse clean, so can be easily used with different ink colors. Glass pens also hold more ink than traditional nib pens, so the require less frequent dipping in ink.


Step 1

Dip your glass pen 1/2- inch into a bottle of ink. Submerging your pen too far will contribute to ink blots, so keep the nib less than halfway in the ink.

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Step 2

Withdraw your pen, lightly drawing the nib against the rim of the ink bottle as you go. This will rid your pen of excess ink, further reducing ink blots.

Step 3

Hold the pen over the ink bottle until the nib stops dripping. The pen now has the right amount of ink to begin writing.

Step 4

Glide the pen across the paper, applying even pressure. When the ink on the nib runs out, dip the nip again using the same process described here.


Glass pens are compatible with all types of water-based ink.


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