This unique double-pointed reed pen - just like the pens used by the ancient peoples. This one is hand crafted in France of fine reed from the Nile River.
What a great project for school - write on a piece of papyrus to make it appear ancient!
Slant one point at different angles to get thin and broad lines. Use the back of the nib to product a more artistic line. Interesting calligraphy is also possible.
Because our calame features two sharpened ends, this pen can accomplish a variety of writing techniques.
Brown or black ink works best. Be sure that you don't use permanent ink. Either dip your calame in ink or use a glass dropper to fill the opening
- Pen Length: 7-1/4 inches
- Nib Length: 1-1/4 inch
- End Point: 1/16 inch
- Other end point: 3/32 inch
The first such pens were made in Egypt as far back as 3500 BC! Made from various reeds (these are bamboo), calames find their roots in reed brushes that were pounded or chewed into shape.
As writing developed, the reeds were split and made into pens. Writing fluid is held in the hollowed out shaft of the reed and flows down through the chiseled or pointed tip, or nib. The ink was made of mixing lampblack with oil,
Our calame features two sharpened ends.
Because of the natural bamboo, calames can only be made by hand, so they may vary very slightly depending on the wood and the artisan.
Now you can create your own old-world documents with a bamboo reed calame or pen and SilverCrow's papyrus! You may even want to buy one as a model to carve your own calame from our bamboo stalks.
One nib is 1/16 and the other is 3/32. So, this pen can accomplish a variety of writing techniques.
And, just imagine what a great show and tell this would be for grade school, art school or with friends of all ages!
We're showing two calames for variation. These are made of natural bamboo by hand, so there will be some variation.