Designed by Handwritmic
Autographed by Brody Neuenschwander
The Brody Neuenschwander Ruling pen derives its name from the world famous calligrapher and text artist, Brody Neuenschwander.
This ruling pen is designed by Handwritmic and Brody Neuenschwander has lent his name to it and describes it thus: "Magnificent! Fabulous!
What a joy to write with! It make the most beautiful splatters, feel good in the hand, is a lovely object to see".
Distinct from the well known classical ruling pen, also named "ruling writer", this pen has an original asymmetrical shape. It was Friedrich Poppl (1923 - 1982), the german calligrapher and designer of the Poppl Antiqua and Laudatio typefaces, who first used a ruling pen for calligraphy in the 1950s. However, the concept behind our Handwritmic Ruling pen is quite different. We have improved our pen with a new design and new materials, this pen is not made of brass but of Swedish stainless steel. The result is that it has four functions: you can write bold, medium and thin strokes for your calligraphy and you can rule as many lines of different thickness as you can imagine!
Here is how it works: the edges make marks of two different widths, depending on which edge you are writing with: a thin line is made with the pen held perpendicular, with only the point touching the paper. With the full width of both edges the pen can be moved in any direction to make strokes of equal width as in Neuland. Alternatively, the angle of pen to paper can be changed in order to obtain intermediate strokes.
Fine line produced by the point (the pen is held more upright)
Maximum stroke produced by the wider edge
Intermediate stroke produced by the smaller edge
The screw is used to vary the gap between the two metal blades, and thereby reduce or increase the width of the thin lines. So, if you hold the pen vertically, you can also use it for its original function of ruling lines of different thicknesses (for making borders).
The pen can produce lines of widhts from 0.5 to 2 mm
The pen must be dipped in the ink quite generously. Don’t be afraid of smudging it: this pen can be washed very easily with water.
Of course, writing with this tool means it is impossible to use the normal angles (from 0° to 90°) that are applied to formal calligraphy. New techniques must be explored, with different directions and angles (even opposite angles) and various arm movements. Don't underestimate the speed either!
This is the perfect tool for expressive or even wild calligraphy. Splatters will occur quite naturally but they can also be induced by quick strokes from bottom to top (pushing instead of pulling the pen) or by writing on rough paper.
Main Characteristics:Four functions: bold, medium and thin strokes for calligraphy and many lines of different thicknesses for borders.
Unlike other instruments on the market, the Brody Neuenschwander Ruling pen is not made of brass but of Swedish stainless steel and the metal point is attached to the handle without the use of epoxy resins.
Each pen is hand finished by a craftsman to give you the smoothest writing edge.
It is produced with several finishes (all nickel-free) using the craft techniques of highly skilled Italian jewellers. The unpolished steel Ruling pen offers the best technical solution at an affordable price, whilst the gold plated and shiny polished ruling pen are also beautiful and elegant objects for collectors and pen lovers.
The pen is light and comfortable to hold thanks to the double grip area.
The handles are made of wood FSC certified.
The dots that circle the screw are reference points for opening or closing the pen.
The screw is designed in such a way that it won't fall down when you wash he pen.
With the two luxury ruling pens we give you a handmade textile case to protect the pen and an extra screw, knob and ring as spare parts.
You can write on on any paper or substrate and use almost any ink (although the more liquid varieties are preferable).
You can obtain more splatters on a rough paper than on a smooth surface.
You can write in vertical, try it straight on the wall (the edge of the pen won't wear out since it is not soft brass but harder stainless steel).
The Brody Neuenschwander Ruling pen together with all components and packaging are designed and made in Italy.