Dip pens are rarely used now for regular writing, most commonly having been replaced by fountain pens, rollerball pens, or ballpoint pens. However, dip pens are still appreciated by artists, as they can make great differences between thick and thin lines, and generally write more smoothly than other types of pens. Dip pens are also preferred by calligraphers for fine writing.
Although most of the factories ceased manufacturing dip pens, some companies are still active, such as Speedball, Brause, D. Leonardt & Co. (manufactured exclusively by Manuscript Pen Co Ltd), Joseph Gillott and William Mitchell.
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