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Tools & Supplies / Ink Cages
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:02:13 AM »
Thought you might find this interesting.  I have a box of these:

...and noticed some of them fit perfectly around my nibs:.
  • 1/4":  Hunt 99, Hunt 56, Gillott 404 not found
  • 5/32":  Hunt 103
  • 9/32": Brause Rose
When equipped, they can hold a surprising, almost irresponsible amount of ink.  Overload them too much however and they will blob.  This is because the ink ends up cupped underneath, rather than balanced above.  Not quite ideal.

Please excuse my writing, I was moving my hand farther and farther down the holder to avoid smearing.

Introductions / Land of the Living Skies
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:51:28 AM » the somewhat flowery expression we have on our license plates in this part of the prairies.

Hello, Forum.  I'm Monty from Canada.  I found my way here for a pen I'd never used, for a color I'd never seen, inherited from a grandfather I never met.

Some old chemicals I inherited must have been for cyanotypes.  They make Prussian Blue, a more brilliant color than I'd ever seen - too deep to photograph, it goes black!  It seemed a shame to waste it, but it can only be put in a brush (boring) or dip pen (which still exist??)

So here I am with a handful of cheap Speedball merchandise, a lifetime supply of free blue, and a sudden interest that won't leave me alone.  How's everyone doing?

Tips for Lefties / Re: "Canonical" Left-Handed Methods
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:15:29 PM »
After much trial and error, I now believe these left-handed chisels are intended for overwriter writing styles using a straight holder, like so:

They are built way more solid than the right-handed version, intended for pushing rather than pulling, and the angle fits just right when used this manner.

Tips for Lefties / "Canonical" Left-Handed Methods
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:40:21 AM »
Is there a "canonical" method for using left-handed tools?  My research has left me confused.  There's such a variety of left-handed methods that I find myself uncertain which method tools like this:

...are really intended to be used, why they're helpful.

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