If you have a knife, a collection of thin bamboo sticks originally meant to be home decor, and an idle mind, you can make your own bamboo pen.
Carve diagonally into the tip of the bamboo (if you didn’t pick yours up from a home store, but from your backyard, you’ll have to dry it in the sun first for a couple of days). Go in at a 45Âº angle first. Then carve the finer details in so that you end up with a teardrop shape.
Hollow out the pith to create a reservoir for ink.
The tip should be squared off cleanly, and should be thin enough to give you a soft yet defined line.
Use your knife to slit the tip (yes, just like a regular nib) to allow ink to travel. Extra points if you drill in a heart-shaped breather hole.
The bamboo absorbs some of the ink, of course, but the hollowed-out area can hold a tiny pool.
This was written with one dip’s worth of ink (Noodler’s Singapore Sepia).
The pen I whittled last night had a wider nib at first, then I trimmed it to achieve a finer line.
All the doodles on this Moleskine sketchbook page came out of a single bamboo pen, Waterman Florida Blue and Noodler’s Singapore Sepia.