|I'm not good enough at reading Arabic to know what this|
says, but it sure looks REALLY cool!
|Practicing my Arabic alphabet. Each of the|
28 letters has 4 different forms that must
be known. That doesn't even count the short
I've been trying different fountain pens to see which ones work best with the Arabic language. The Sheaffer Italic that I used was probably the best one overall, but as far as standard pens that I would carry around with me for use in other languages, I would say the Noodler's Nib Creaper Fountain Pen (filled with Noodler's Bad Green Gator) performed the best. I was also able to apply more pressure with the throw-back nib and make line width variations, placing it at the top of the list for writing Arabic. My Platinum Preppy .03 was the runner-up. It was filled with Noodler's Polar Blue.
I tend to use legal pads most of the time because of their convenience and price. Don't worry, I'm moving to bagasse paper as soon as I run out! This pad has narrower lines than most and as such, wet writers or pens with medium nibs aren't as functional. This isn't to say that the Parker 51 (medium nib/Noodler's Polar Black) that I used or the Pilot Petit1 (wet writer/Noodler's Polar Blue with a drop or two of Polar Black) aren't great for this writing, but they most certainly need more line space than this legal pad allows. Other pens I used were my Lamy Safari with EF nib (filled with Noodler's Polar Black and my Noodler's Piston Filler (filled with my favorite ink, Noodler's Red-Black). Both the Lamy Safari and Piston Filler were too scratchy for a comfortable flow that is necessary for the lines prevalent in Arabic. The Sheaffer Italic F was used as a dip pen in Noodler's Russia Series Ахматова.
I'm a student of the language first and foremost, not a calligraphist, but that doesn't mean that I can't have fun with practicing calligraphy in other languages from time to time. Maybe someday I'll be able to write as well as in the picture above.