I admit, the title is a little misleading. I actually designed my Yoke Pen Company oblique holder. But, I think the bond between the calligrapher and her holder is important. Each holder, especially one that is completely customizable, has its own personality (just like a wand). And, I think it makes me feel as close to being a Hogwarts student as I can possibly get.

I am so lucky to have found Christopher Yoke. He is a true artisan of pen turning. The widths, finials, flange and joints are completely customizable - meaning maximum comfort for the calligrapher. The variety of materials and combinations is infinite, meaning maximum style.

One of Chris's pens is the ultimate gift to a calligrapher friend (or to yourself).

"Grey Willow", in the words of a friend "the pen is mightier than the sword, and swords have names" 

"Grey Willow", in the words of a friend "the pen is mightier than the sword, and swords have names" 

In case you were wondering, I have named her: "Grey Willow". And yes, she's British (hello, Harry Potter!!) She is a little thicker than the good old Speedball Oblique. The extra 1/16th inch gives me more hand comfort and allows me to loosen my grip. She is a gift from my mother-in-law for my Birthday. And, she is beautiful!

Grey Willow next to my old speedball oblique

Grey Willow next to my old speedball oblique

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