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In addition to pens, inks and papers, we also carry a variety of crucial accessories for Arabic calligraphy.


ALL NEW:
Now offering a selection of vintage bone-handled pen knives, professionally sharpened and ready for your pens, all for $15 each.


Bamboo Pen Stand
15.00

Large bamboo pen stand cut in the shape of a calligraphy pen.

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Bamboo Travel Pen Box
15.00

Bamboo pen box to protect your pens while on the go. Includes large cork stopper.

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Maktas

The makta is a strip of natural material - horn, bone, or ivory- used as a surface to cut your pen on. It must be both hard and supple at the same time, in order to prevent splintering and breakage within the pen's nib.

Horn Makta
10.00

Solid buffalo horn makta, pen cutting strip.

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Bone Makta
10.00

Makta made from camel bone, the standard material used for maktas.

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Horn Circle Makta
5.00

Small buffalo horn circle makta, 1.5" in diameter.

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Inlaid Piano Ivory Makta
20.00

This hand-made makta is inlaid with reclaimed piano ivory (legal for trade) and mother of pearl.

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Mammoth Ivory Makta, Short
40.00

Simply the finest material for a makta, period. 30,000 years old, from the ivory tusks of woolly mammoths. 50mm x 28mm

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Inkwells

We carry seven varieties of inkwell, from the very small to very wide.

Our likka is imported directly from Japan as raw silk and then degummed in the traditional fashion for calligraphy.

Inkwell and Likka
5.00

Hexagonal Glass 1.5 oz Inkwell and Likka (raw silk fibers placed in the inkwell to absorb ink)

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Silk Likka
3.00

Raw silk fibers placed in the inkwell to absorb ink.

  • Regulates the amount of ink on the pen
  • Prevents spills in the workspace
  • Made from pure raw mulberry silk fibers
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Wide-mouth Inkwell and Likka
10.00

Extra wide inkwell for use with wide celi pens. 2.5"/64mm opening. Comes with white cap. 3 likkas are included with this inkwell.

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Square-bottom Inkwell and Likka
5.00

Small sized inkwell with square base. Plastic, 1" opening, 0.5" deep. Likka included.

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Travel Inkwell and Likka
5.00

Small size plastic inkwell. Screw top, 1" opening, .5" high. Excellent for traveling or small desk spaces. Likka included.

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Amber inkwell and Likka
5.00

1.5oz inkwell and silk likka.

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Tall Inkwell with Cork
5.00

1.5 oz inkwell with cork stopper, 1" opening.

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Mixing Cup
4.00

Small glass inkwell, excellent for mixing ink for customized colors.

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Tin Inkwell and Likka
5.00

Slim tin inkwell with screw on top. 1.5" opening. Likka included.

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Kalemtirosh

200.00

The best pen cutting knife in the world, period. Made in Zanjan by craftsman who have been making knives for cutting calligraphy pens for more than 500 years. It is made from the best knife steel in the world, the Kalemtirosh holds an edge like no other blade, ever. This knife will belong to your grandchildren.

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Pen Cutting Knife
15.00

Three bladed knife specifically chosen as the best knife to cut pens. Stainless.

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Sharpening Stone
15.00

1000 grit Japanese waterstone for keeping your knives razor sharp. 3.5"x1"x1"

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Pen Maintenance Box
40.00

Includes pen knife, bone makta, and sharpening stone. Everything you need to keep the pens in working order and your knife sharp.

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Xacto Knife
6.00

Razor sharp knife used for corrections and cleaning ink lines, known as tashih.  Comes with three replacement blades. 

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Agate Paper Burnisher

Our hand-crafted paper burnisher is the only one of its kind available in America. The 2" polished agate stone is set in ash. It is the primary tool for making paper ready for calligraphy. Without proper burnishing, ahar paper can never properly receive the pen.

Most agate burnishers are meant for gilding, and thus have a contact area of a few millimeters, and are set on a stick which restricts the amount of pressure that can be achieved, making them useless for paper preparation. For that reason we designed this two-handed setup for maximum downward pressure based on Mohamed Zakariya Hoca's paper burnisher, a design tried and true for ahar preparation.

We hand make these burnishers from scratch, grinding the polishing stone from raw materials. The stones are set in the handle with high-grade epoxy. They are then individually tested to make sure they are in perfect condition and ready to go.

2" wide burnishing surface.



Wheat Starch 1lb
5.00

Extra-fine wheat starch used both for glue-ups of calligraphy and preparing paper for ahar.

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Ink Making Set
25.00

Make your own traditional lamp black ink with this easy set. Includes porcelain mortar and pestle, 4oz pure lamp black powder, and 8oz gum Arabic solution.

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Wheat Paste 1lb
5.00

Wheat paste is the traditional material used gluing calligraphy to board. Papers glued with paste can be removed easily without damage, unlike other glues. No boiling required, this is a pre-cooked paste, just add water. Instructions included. 100% archival.

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Cowrie Burnisher
5.00

Polished giant cowrie shell used for paper burnishing and to remove air bubbles in the paper during the gluing process. Approx. 3" long.

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Porcupine quill
2.00

Large porcupine quill used for stirring the inkwell and agitating the ink. Approx. 8" long.
 

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Writing Pad
3.00

Red vinyl leather writing pad. Calligraphy is written on a semi-soft surface to allow for a full range of pen motions and to provide the proper cushioning needed. 12"x12".

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Marking Board
15.00

Known as a mistar, it is a tool for marking lines on a page for calligraphy without drawing onto the paper. Heavy-duty thread runs in parallel lines, and the lines are transferred to the page by rubbing your finger over it. The lines disappear when the piece is mounted on board.

The mistar has a grid for perfect alignment and is marked both for a kitaa and with 4 full lines.

Master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya can be seen demonstrating the use of the mistar in this video.

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Kitaa Marking Board
15.00

This mistar is marked for a kitaa with two lines of Sulus calligraphy and one line of Nesih calligraphy.

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2 Line Kitaa Marking Board
15.00

This mistar is marked for a kitaa with two lines of Sulus calligraphy and two lines of Nesih calligraphy.

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Mushaf Marking Board
15.00

This mistar is marked for a page of small-script calligraphy, such as Nesih. This is designed for the writing of a page of a Quran.

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Binder's Board
from 4.00

Acid-free archival board for mounting calligraphy pieces for bordering and tezhib. .080 thick.

Available in 3 sizes:

  • 30"x41
  • 30"x21.5"
  • 15"x20

 

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