How to Use Bamboo Reed Pens

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Bamboo reed pens have been used for centuries.
Bamboo reed pens have been used for centuries. (Image: bamboo image by fotografiche.eu from Fotolia.com)

Bamboo reed pens date back to the ancient Egyptians, and were made by cutting and shaping a single reed of bamboo. They were also said to have been the most common writing tool when the New Testament of the Bible was written. Even now, bamboo reed pens remain an important tool in calligraphy, as they are known to produce scratchy and expressive lines. Using a bamboo reed pen is not difficult, and you can sharpen it according to your drawing or writing preferences.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo reed pen
  • Liquid ink
  • Pocket knife

Dip the pen in liquid ink, which will fill the center of the bamboo with ink. The ink will slowly seep down to the point as you draw.

Practice drawing with the bamboo reed pen by experimenting with different size strokes. Hold the pen in a way that suites you best and then start progressing in your drawing and writing styles.

Fill the bamboo reed pen with more ink as needed. Over time, the pen's point will wear down and broaden; you will then need to sharpen it according to your preference with a pocket knife.

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