One of the most important tools for Arabic calligraphy is the the pen you use. The most readily available pen for purchase is the bamboo pen. I have slowly, through a lot of trial and error, taught myself to make bamboo
The most important of your Arabic calligraphy tools is probably the Arabic calligraphy pens you decide to use.
In this regard, it can be said that the quality of your pen determines the quality of your calligraphy piece.
To this extent, it is worth knowing about Arabic calligraphy pens, their properties and their uses.
Generally speaking, pens used in Arabic calligraphy require a flat nib cut at an approximate 30-40 angle.
Reed pens tend to be preferred thanks to the flexibility of the reed when it is used for writing.
The are normally carved by hand and require re-carving every so often in order to maintain their edge.
The most common of Arabic calligraphy pen is the bamboo pen.
This is because it is readily available and performs superbly.
I am currently writing a series of posts concerning how to make Arabic calligraphy pens out of bamboo.
Other types of reeds used for Arabic calligraphy include: Kamis reed, and Javanese reed.
At the moment I am not very informed about these materials, nor do I have any practical experience with them.
As I build my experience, I will my all the information available to you.
In the meantime, I have experience with bamboo Arabic calligraphy pens.
You can find my posts about this below.