For nearly two years I have been writing all of my fine characters and kana using a brush pen that I dip into ink – never using ink from the cartridge. My teacher uses the same type of pen and taught me to do so as well. The brush pen has a very nice spring to its touch and can make incredibly thin lines easily.
But, in light of all these different pen grips and dip pens I’ve been trying, I got curious recently and decided to see what a proper brush would feel like. And boy, is it difficult. It feels like a wet rag being dragged across a table and I have no feel for how to make my lines as thin as I’d like.
And yet, there’s something interesting about it. There’s a flavor to the lines that was missing from the brush pen. I’m on the verge of becoming a first Dan in calligraphy in the short two years since I first picked up a calligraphy brush, and here I am, throwing it all away in the interest of developing proper foundations. What is wrong with me?? I hope it pays off in the long run.