Calligraphy expert reveals King Charles always held his pen incorrectly
A calligraphy expert has revealed where King Charles III went wrong in his now-viral signing videos – and it turns out he’s got the pen wrong.
Brian Bramble, 60, from London, graduated in calligraphy 15 years ago from the Reigate School of Art and runs his own business.
He has watched the various videos of King Charles struggling with pens as he signs official documents over the past few days, and has come to the conclusion that he is ‘holding the pen too flat’.
“He appears to be using a Parker fountain pen,” Brian said. “Once the ink is flowing, they work well, but you have to hold them vertically.”
The expert said the pens need to be stored properly to function properly, and suspects Charles was left horizontally in a draw that impedes the flow of ink.
“It can be annoying when the pens have been lying flat and not being used for a while,” he explained.
“It looks like the pens needed a bit of maintenance – probably some of the ink had dried on the shaft, which consequently affected the ink flow.
“It happens with these pens if they’re not used constantly.”
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Brian added that the paper appears to be old parchment-style paper, which could impact ink flow, making it harder to write on.
“There are ink pots on the side, but they seem to be for decoration, you would use this type of ink with traditional nibs and metal nibs, not fountains,” he said.
The calligrapher added: “All the pressure of being surrounded by cameras probably didn’t help.
“It’s common for a lot of writers. I use dip pens – one nib will sink very easily and with another you’ll struggle with the paper.”
Brian uses dip pens that are more modern than fountain pens, but says preparation is key when it comes to calligraphy.
A few weeks ago, Brian was using a particularly trying Parker pen, but he dropped water on it to get it to work.
“When I go to work, I always practice with the pens beforehand,” he said.
“Someone should have tested the pens and stored them properly.”
Credit: Lydia Patrick, SWNS.
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