« Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad Fisher-Price My First Thomas the Train My First Thomas » 3 thoughts on “Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set, 33 Pieces” 154 of 160 people found the following review helpful Know what you’re buying, July 29, 2010 By Shawn P. Emerton “Giant Albino Smurf” (Plano, TX USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set, 33 Pieces (Kitchen) It baffels me how many people wrote negative reviews on a product they obviously knew nothing about. I checked out this pen set and one of the first things I noticed was when it said it was a great set for BEGINNERS. Of course you’re not going to get the same quality from these pens as you would from a several-hundred-dollar professional set, but it’s great for what it is. It’s a great set to start out with. So far I haven’t had a problem with ANY of the pins or nibs. When I got it I immediately inserted an ink cartridge into each nib and went to town. Was able to doodle and scratch around for quite a surprising time before the ink ran out. The ink does bleed through the paper some, but alot of that can be countered by the pressure you put on the pen, as well as adjusting the angle/speed of your stroke. While the “instruction booklet” is more of a letter guide, showing you multiple calligraphic alphabets, but does not show you how to make each letter (tho with a little common sense and practice it can be figured out pretty easily). One thing that pleasingly surprised me about this set was the fact that you don’t have to worry about “Lefty-Splatter” (a condition common to left handed people as with certain strokes we’re actually pushing the nib across the paper instead of pulling it, which sometimes causes the nib to splatter extra ink on the page, a problem which I have yet to encounter. So basically, to sum this up, it’s not a high dollar professional set, but for a beginner it is a fine starter set. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (5) Reply 57 of 60 people found the following review helpful It does the job!, December 12, 2013 By Nicholas – This review is from: Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set, 33 Pieces (Kitchen) So, this set is far from perfect based on the reviews of other users, but that shouldn’t deter you from buying it; Lets get to the pros and cons. CONS: When using ink that doesn’t belong to the set it doesn’t feed ink seamlessly.When using ink that does belong to this set it feeds to much and makes it hard to create proper line variation.I’m pretty sure you can’t fill the converter while it’s in one of the pens. PROS: This set is CHEAP… You get 4 pens, 20 ink cartridges, an instructions manual, a practice notebook, a converter, and a nifty case to carry it around; All for just over 15 dollar.This is a BEGINNERS SET, the pens do make mistakes but you as a beginner will mess up more than the pens.The set is friggen cheap!The instructions manual contains everything you need to write 3 styles of calligraphy.The pens are really attractive to look at.The set is portable. Overall, this set is one of the best ways for an amateur calligraphist to get started, other methods require time to research pens and calligraphy while this set is just grab and go. Of course, there are cons to this set but the pros far outweigh them. Note, all of the pens in this set have italic nibs.My advice is to get this set and a bottle of ink to go with it. Your best choice would probably be Noodler’s black ink, which can be found on amazon. Fill the converter with ink and dip the pen before every use to get it flowing. Noodler’s black is an inexpensive ink with a very high quality that works exceptionally well with every quality of paper. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 25 of 25 people found the following review helpful Great for the price!, January 4, 2013 By Genny – This review is from: Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set, 33 Pieces (Kitchen) This set is great for beginners and for the price. I have some experience with calligraphy but am not advanced. The instruction booklet gives a brief introduction to how to use the items in the set. It also names and shows three basic calligraphy styles: Roman Caps and Foundational Hand, Uncial, and Italic. The book illustrates the complete alphabet lowercase, uppercase, punctuation marks and numerals for each as well as lines and arrows indicating brush strokes. A complete beginner may have trouble learning how to write these styles with this book alone. An intermediate calligraphy artist however will probably have little trouble, but these basic styles may bore you. As for the pens themselves, they are obviously made for beginners. The nibs are thick and therefore make extra fine lines difficult. Each nib is labeled XF, F, M, B, XB, for (extra fine, fine, medium, bold, extra bold) and not with universal measurements. The extra bold nib was a little too tight making the ink flow too slowly. I simply spread the metal at the tip of the nib only slightly to fix this problem. One ink cartridge blew up on me because I squeezed too firmly trying to get the ink to flow. This was my fault but also speaks to the cheap construction of the cartridges. The set does however use universal cartridges and so when these run out more well made replacements can be bought. The pen casings work well enough and are made of a cheap plastic that could easily be broken if mistreated. The nibs all have a soft rubber grip comfortable for your finger grip. The practice book is about 8″ x 5.5″ with a slanted grid on the front side of each of the 25 pages that helps beginners practice writing at a standard angle. I used the pens on this paper and the ink did not bleed through to the following page but was visible from the back side of the same page. I have not tried the pump. The box it comes in is a labeled reusable metal tin. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.