Oblique pens are a fairly specialized form of calligraphy pen. The nib is held at an angle which gives a
greater flexibility in writing more fluid texts and drawing. Whereas calligraphy pens often depend on specially
shaped nibs for broader and narrower lines, oblique pens depend on downward pressure and very flexible nibs for
the width of the line. It takes considerably more instruction and practice to use them well.
As such, even though I have made them since 1994, I have not, until now, put them on the website. I had sold
them exclusively through a couple of calligraphy catalog supply houses who, when giving credit at all, have labeled
them as "Century" pens rather than "Turn of the Century". That was OK with me, until now.
Recently a Chinese company has begun mass machine producing oblique pens directly copied from my designs - without either permission or notification. Because of the very low price of mass produced (and Chinese produced) goods, the catalogs have had to switch to these copies and they have been showing up on eBay and other on-line sources - even a plastic version. I make no claim to oblique pens themselves, but the Turn of the Century design style is my own creation.
Rest assured, however, that EVERY item on this page and website, has been individually freehand turned by me, William Schmidt, with a design style that I have evolved over several years, and have used for well over 30 years.
The clips are made of .010 inch thick brass and can easily be adjusted for nibs of different curvatures, and for different nib angles.
They have slightly belled opening to aid in inserting the nib without removing the clip from the pen.
They are made of very hard exotic woods. The exception is the Osage Orange - one of the hardest domestic woods.
To request a specific pen, specify the pen number and wood (eg. #2 cocobolo).
The number on the wood list corresponds to the number beside the pen on the picture.
There is a link to an email form below all the pictures, right above the word "Prices".
We will reply confirming that we have the pen(s) and confirming the final cost.
We will hold pens on reserve for one week maximum pending payment.
In stock now:
Reserved and sold pens will be marked as SOLD beside or beneath the wood identification. (updated 6/15/2021)
Please, DO NOT request pens that have been labeled as SOLD .
12. Brazilian Tulipwood
13. Brazilian Tulipwood
14. Brazilian Tulipwood - SOLD
22. Brazilian Rosewood
23. Brazilian Rosewood
24. Osage Orange
25. Osage Orange - SOLD
These pens are made from thicker stock and thus have a thicker grip area.
Many calligraphers find them less fatiguing.
51. Cocobolo - SOLD
53. Cocobolo - SOLD
55. Brazilian Tulipwood
56. Brazilian Tulipwood
59. Bocote - SOLD
60. Honduras Rosewood
61. Honduras Rosewood
62. Honduras Rosewood
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Turn of the Century
1676 Millsboro Road
Mansfield, OH 44906-3374
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All Turn of the Century designs © copyright William Schmidt, Turn of the Century