Who can blame me for wanting to dip less when writing calligraphy. I thought I would give these ideas a go and see if they work.
The first image shows a nib with the spring that sits directly under the nib. This actually works well as I can get several lines with out dipping at all, it was very surprising. However there were some draw backs.

Firstly I found I was missing the dipping. I felt as though I wanted to dip but didn't need to. I think dipping slows you down and gives time to pause and think rather than running on with out stopping. In this sense I would rather dip. Secondly, sometimes not often the spring drags on the paper, especially if your writing angle is low. And thirdly the upstrokes were not as hair thin as I would like them or as thin as I can get them using the same nib but without the spring.

So I thought I would try another way. I had seen an image with the spring sitting directly above the nib and wondered if this would work? Well unless I have done this incorrectly I don't think this works as well. The advantage is the spring doesn't drag on the paper, it also does not make the hair line strokes appear thicker than they should be. The draw back is, it's more dipping than the first example and the ink runs through slowly so there is quite a bit written with a thin amount of ink. The overall look is untidy. 

The verdict is I would rather dip and have an end result that is cleaner and more consistent. When I get lost in the flow state of calligraphy I lose track of dipping and it simply becomes part of the process. It was fun to try these and they do work but when looking at the outcomes, is it really that hard to dip?

I will post up some handwritten examples from these pen reservoirs soon. 

Libbi Reed