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About the Ruling pen

The Handwritmic 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. He describes it as “Magnificent! Fabulous! What a joy to write with! It makes the most beautiful splatters, feels good in the hand, is a lovely object to see”.

This pen has an original asymmetrical shape, that breaks away from the well-known classical ruling pen, also named “ruling writer”.

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 a new calligraphy and drawing instrument with four functions: you can write bold, medium and thin strokes and you can trace and rule lines of different thicknesses holding the pen vertically.

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 more upright, with only the point touching the paper. With the full width of the two edges of the pen touching the paper the arm can be moved in any direction to make strokes of equal width as in Neuland. Alternatively, the angle of incidence of pen to paper can be changed (together with arm movements) 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 when the pen is hold vertically. Remember that it’s original function was that of ruling lines of different thicknesses with Indian ink or goauche for making technical drawings or borders. 

The pen can produce many lines 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 under 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 nor the variations in pressure! 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 slow and heavy movements or by writing on rough paper.


  • Four functions: bold, medium and thin strokes for calligraphy and many lines of different thicknesses for rules and borders. 
  • Unlike other instruments on the market, the Brody Neuenschwander Ruling pen is not made of brass but of 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 using the craft techniques of highly skilled Italian jewellers.
  • The steel unpolished Ruling pen offers the best technical solution at an affordable price.
  • The gold plated and polished shining ruling pen (special de luxe editions) are also beautiful and elegant objects for collectors and pen lovers.
  • With the two luxury ruling pens our clients receive a textile handmade case to protect the pen and an extra screw, knob and ring as spare parts.
  • The new special Ruling pens have beautiful hard wood handles of different colours and wood grains and are sold in a useful aluminium case.
  • The pen is light and comfortable to hold thanks to the double grip area. 
  • The handles are made of wood FSC certified and the paints are natural, we don’t use epoxidic varnish.
  • 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 the pen.
  • 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).  
  • All components of the Brody Neuenschwander Ruling pen are designed and made in Italy.

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