I recently had the fun experience of taking a hand lettering class at Space Craft Studios in Charleston. I actually signed up for the class before we got engaged, because I just love fun writing (I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to it!), but now I am extra excited to hand letter my wedding invitations and maybe some other things, too!
The class was taught using a pointed tip dip-ink pen. We got a pen and three nibs (tips) each. It was cool to see how the nibs are constructed—they are metal and the tip has two pieces of metal with a gap in between. The harder you push, the more the pieces separate. The gap is where the ink comes out, so the more separation, the thicker your line.