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Offline RD5

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Can't achieve line variation.
« on: April 14, 2018, 04:06:38 AM »
I just started to attempt copperplate,  but I can't get line variation. I am using a Tachikawa G with Koh i Nor ink. Adding pressure doesn't seem to make difference.

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Re: Can't achieve line variation.
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2018, 06:25:01 AM »
TachiG is a pretty stiff nib, but you should still see some variation. When you have no ink loaded, push the nib against your thumbnail or a hard surface, do you see the tines split open? If not, then you have a bad nib. If they do, then try adjusting your nib angle. If the pen is too vertical, the tines won't splay apart as easily when pressure is added. I've never used Koh-i-Nor's ink, so I can't advise there. I hope this helps...and that others have suggestions too
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Re: Can't achieve line variation.
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2018, 10:33:00 AM »
Oh, they spay, either too much ink comes out, and the whole letter is thick, or not enough and it is too thin. Could it be the paper? I use it for blackletter, and it works fine...

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Re: Can't achieve line variation.
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2018, 12:29:18 PM »
Sounds like you may need to prep your nib better. That will help with consistent ink flow. There are good descriptions scattered around here is you search. Iíve put my own ramblings on the subject on my web site.

https://thesteelpen.com/2017/10/23/using-steel-pens-part-5-pen-prep-and-bits-and-pieces/

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