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Forum topic by itsme_timd posted 02-17-2008 03:49 PM 5265 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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itsme_timd

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02-17-2008 03:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question pen turning pen kits calligraphy

Does anyone know where I might find pen kits with calligraphy nibs? I did a few searches at the sites I normally shop but couldn’t find any.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA


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#1 posted 10-30-2008 02:13 PM

I know this was a while ago but what makes a calligraphy pen different from a normal pen?

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#2 posted 10-30-2008 02:37 PM

Hi Tim,

The Woodturners Catalog= offers a calligraphy nib for their foutain pens. It is a #5, 1.5mm that will fit Jr. Gentleman, Jr. Statesman, Jr. Emperor, Americana, Executive, Artisian, and their Jr. Retro.

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#3 posted 10-30-2008 04:37 PM

http://www.dickblick.com/

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#4 posted 10-30-2008 06:10 PM

Awesome, glad to see CSUSA is carrying these now, thanks!

Mark, the calligraphy nibs have a broader point and are flat on the end, allowing the angle of the nib to give the neat swishes and swoops in the calligraphy writing. I’ve attached a pic of some calligraphy nibs as well. I think true “pen people” call them italic nibs – but I could be mistaken.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 10-30-2008 11:25 PM

Ahhh, I see. Thanks.

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#6 posted 10-31-2008 06:33 AM

Be aware that calligraphy nibs are difficult to make flow well during every day writing as they must be held with the nib end absolutely flat to the paper. If they lift a little at either end it removes the center portion from the paper stopping the ink flow to the paper. It is the center where the slit is that feeds the ink. The wider the nib, the the worse this gets. This is why wide calligraphy pens for dipping into ink wells have multiple slits spaced across the nib that feed ink to the paper. Regular fountain pens have no arrangement to feed multiple slits and must only have one slit in the middle of the nib. I use a calligraphy pen for every day writing however the nib isn’t very wide. I still have ink-feeding problems if I’m not careful to hold the nib in the proper position. Calligraphy should be a slow and careful process and isn’t useful for quick scribbling.

Rufus Carswell

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