1. Yang Hao Pen: Hao is made from the whiskers or tail hairs of green or yellow sheep. The test began before the Northern and Southern Dynasties, and by the time of Qin, Mengtian’s improved new pens had become pen-making materials. The Yang Hao pen is relatively soft and has a large ink absorption capacity, which is suitable for writing round and thick stippling.
2. Wolf Hao Pen: Literally, it is made of Wolf Hao Pen. Previous generations did use wolf hair to make pens; however, what is called wolf have today is the “half” of the weasel “wolf”, not the wolf’s hair.
3. Chicken pen: It is made of chicken breast hair and is quite soft. It is difficult for beginners to master calligraphy, so it is not suitable for use.
4. Zihao pen: It is made from the hare’s nape. It is named after the black and purple color. Zihao pen is tall, sharp and sharp, and has stronger elasticity than wolf hair. Hare hair produced in Anhui is the best.
5. Rat’s Whisker Pen: It is made from house mouse temples. The strokes are pure and smooth, sharp and sharp, and the written fonts are soft and rigid.
6. Pig’s bristle pen: It is made by processing and steaming pig’s bristles. It is a hard pen and is used for writing large plaques.
7. Jianhao pen: Common types include sheep wolf Jianhao, sheep purple Jianhao, such as five purple five sheep, seven purple three sheep, and so on. The advantages of this kind of pen combine the advantages of the Yanglanghao pen, moderate rigidity and softness, and moderate price. It is commonly used by calligraphers and painters.
8. Hard pen: The pen is strong. Such as wolf hair, mountain horse, cow ear hair, rat whisker, mountain rabbit, deer brush.
9. Soft millet pen: Soft millet pen is less flexible and softer. It is generally made of soft millet such as sheep millet, chicken millet, and fetal millet.