How could I not buy something called a witch pen? It would certainly come in handy for writing conjurations and threatening newts that didn’t want to give me their eyes.
“Witch” is most likely a contraction of William Mitchell, manufacturer of dip pen nibs and accessories, and has nothing to do with cauldrons and mandrakes.
The nib unit is formed from a single stamped piece of metal. The fold is the writing edge, there’s a built-in reservoir and a slit facilitates ink flow. It’s quite an elegant design.
Witch pens are like training wheels for calligraphers. The folded edge means it can be used on relatively rough surfaces, and forgives a heavy hand. Don’t expect fine hairlines, though.
The nib does flex a little, because of the slit. It doesn’t seem material to the quality of line.
The reservoir works as it should. Fountain pen ink could be a touch too thin – perhaps gouache or diluted acrylic will work better.
Witch pen no. 3 with Derivan Liquid Pencil (background) and Private Reserve Oxblood.
Witch pens no. 3 and no. 1 with Sailor orange (persimmon?), J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie and Private Reserve Havasu Turquoise.