|Item Weight||0.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.8 x 2.5 x 0.6 inches|
|Item model number||90051|
|Number of Items||1|
|Line Size||2.4 millimeters|
|Ink Color||black, red|
|Manufacturer Part Number||90051|
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Pilot Parallel Pen 2-Color Calligraphy Pen Set, with Black and Red Ink Cartridges, 2.4mm Nib (90051)
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- Pen set contains 2.4mm Parallel Pen (orange cap and barrel), 2 ink cartridges (black and red)
- Each pen comes with two cartridges, a pipette for cleaning, nib cleaner and instruction booklet
- Two different ink colors can flow fro the same nib for a beautiful graduated effect
- Unique "Parallel Plate" Nib Technology allows you to produce clearer sharper writing than with any other pen
- Refillable - Pilot calligraphy refill model #77313 and additional colors sold separately
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A breakthrough in calligraphy pen design, this pen features a nib that consists of two parallel plates, allowing the writer to produce lines sharper than existing calligraphy pens. Ink cartridges can be switched in the pen to create gradated color lines and mixed colors. Each set comes with a Parallel Pen, one black and one red ink cartridge, a pipette to clean the pen and a nib cleaner. This calligraphy pen is refillable. Additional Parallel Pen ink cartridges are sold separately. Nib width is 1.5MM, the thinnest of the Parallel Pen line.
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Loading the ink was a breeze, and though I haven't had to reload it yet, I don't foresee an issue. The action on the pen is amazing, the ink flows smoothly and consistently, with solid, beautiful lines. I do recommend that you make sure to get good quality paper, my initial tests were on low quality printer paper, which lead to some bleeding.
I do wish that I had gone with one of the larger pens in retrospect though; as much as I love this one, it strikes me as being better for decorative scroll work than actual lettering. That being said, I would highly recommend this pen, and I plan to buy the other 3 sizes very soon!
I learned calligraphy on the pen and well style nibs, which often consist of a single piece of metal that has a "breather hole" in the middle and two tines that are split. Larger nibs may have another metal piece over top (or sometimes under) the split piece to both regulate flow and hold more ink. Cartridge style pens are not much different than this except that there is some kind of feed channel that is often placed between the two pieces of metal. In both cases, there is a bit of variance in the line created by the use of tines because pressure changes the flow rate depending on how far apart the tines are. Light pressure equals thinner lines. The more pressure applied, the tines split and this changes the width of the tines, the line, and increases flow. Additionally, holding the pen parallel to the bottom edge of the paper changes the width of the line as well.
Unlike this traditional design, Pilot Parallel pens extend parallel top and bottom pieces over the feeder so that the draw of ink is more continuous between the two layers requiring less pressure (almost none), and allows the additional advantage of being able to turn the pen sideways for a nearly ballpoint-style effect. Ultimately, the result is ease of use as well as better ink blending effects. If all you require is a thicker, flat line for your ballpoint pen, or blending, this will make you very happy. I also imagine this might be useful for professional letterers who wish to diversify their tool set, or for those who use this for very large letters needing fill in.
However, this creates problems for more traditional calligraphers like me. As mentioned above, calligraphy is typically a pressure-sensitive activity. The greater pressure and relative angle to the bottom edge changes the thickness of the line. The Parallel design does not allow for spreading of the tines because there are not any tines at all, so the only way to change thickness is by the angle of the flat nib. So instead of a wide variation in line thickness, you basically get two sizes: horizontal and vertical. Increasing speed can also reduce thickness somewhat, but only at the expense of accuracy.
Minor additional issues are a) it bleeds badly with the ink provided, and b) the smallish nib is far too big. Also, if you are expecting the package that appears in the image, don't. Please see my pics.I do appreciate the inclusion of the bladder, but proper product descriptions and images are important. Pilot should update accordingly. Also, keep in mind, the (amateurish) lettering is on *cardstock*!
There's no converter. The description says, "Each pen comes with two cartridges, a converter, nib cleaner and instruction booklet".
Instead of a converter, there is a plastic nib cleaner that looks like a blue plastic transfer pipette with the point cut off.
I have a feeling Pilot discontinued the sets with converters and the listings have not been updated. I've tried ordering from four different listings that all picture and describe converters, but none came with converters. It's time to give up and just order the converters separately. Attached pictures show what was received. The dark rectangle with a circle cut out is a thin plastic piece that can be run between the plates of the nib to clean and unclog it.
I'm having a little trouble adapting to using this 2.4 mm pen. It is very temperamental on how it is held as to the angle on the paper. I started with the 6mm nib and found it much easier, but of course, it is more than twice as wide. Both can be partly tilted slightly off the paper to create narrow lines. When combined with movements in the stroke, they allow for some creative shapes. These pens flow across paper more smoothly than similar tips on dip pens. It is possible to get fairly sharp lines using the nib at 90°. Sharp lines at other angles seem to be mostly limited by paper quality.
The shape of the pen is very similar to dip pen holders with a taper away from the nib. The cap cannot be posted. The cap has a threaded attachment. Since it's a plastic pen, I kept trying to just pull it off. I should be able to get the hang of it one of these years.
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My daughter won first place for calligraphy because she used this very good quality pen