When speaking to people about calligraphy, I get told that calligraphy pens are expensive and difficult to find. So make a calligraphy pen? Step 1. Wood and a knife. Step 2. Cut the tip diagonally. Step 3. Taper the tip. Ouch!! I did not keep my fingers behind the blade! Okay that is better. Step 4. Shape the nib. Step 5. Square the nib and we are done. It doesn’t matter if it is a pen that is made from wood, bamboo, quill or metal; when you write with the pen, the letter should look the same regardless of the type of material the pen is made of.