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I understand that all too well. My ďgo-toĒ is the Zebra G. But I like to experiment from time to time with other nibs and it helps round out my hand (did you see what I did there?)  :D

Try the Hunt 101 that Ken used for his example above. You will see a world of difference. The skippy-ness of the pen will force you to lighten your touch.  ;)
Fabulous energy Ken! Love Madarasz script!
Any thoughts on the Gillott's?
This is written with an oblique penholder in the very personal style of Louis Madarasz. It's a variation of American Engraver's script which in turn derives from English Roundhand (Copperplate).
My writing is nowhere near as good as this, but it is somewhat similar as I press down very hard. After 3 years of writing with nothing but Zebra Gís, I fear my ability to use a light touch has been ruined. From what Iíve read and for morale, I tell myself heavy shading can look nice sometimes, although in reality Iím really learning what most calligraphers strive for is a very light touch.
Guidelines / Re: How to Draw a Spiral for Calligraphy
« Last post by Chessie on March 21, 2023, 08:59:56 AM »
Oh that's extremely neat!  Lovely little tutorial there.  Probably going to be useful to people doing complex signage in an uncial hand since it doesn't strictly need capitalization.  Very pretty.
Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Re: The tripod penhold
« Last post by BrightStar on March 21, 2023, 08:51:11 AM »
Very nice lettering!

As a beginner, I try to be conscious of my grip and the pressure Iím applying. I love the adjustable hourglass but as with any holder after awhile the wood starts to feel slippery. Iíve resorted to wrapping thread and rubber bands around the front part to help my grip. Iíve also purchased the Century 5/8ís holder but it seems a bit too thick. Maybe with more practice it will start to feel natural.
This is excellent. Very well done! How do you keep from dragging ink in forming the strokes of the nís and hís? And what kind of ink are you using?
Copperplate written with an oblique penholder.
Introductions / Re: Greetings from Wisconsin
« Last post by Zivio on March 20, 2023, 05:13:19 PM »
... the issue is frequently that they didn't use a strop to remove the burr on the edge of their knife ...

I use the heel and palm of hand strop method. Very handy -- don't judge. Oh, and I'm still able to write with my remaining right hand.   ;D
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