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Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about fine nibs
« on: April 28, 2016, 01:46:34 AM »
No, I'm not the seller.
I'd probably wait until you try this nib, in any case, as it is not as fine as a Nikko Zebra, perhaps not fine enough for your purposes.
PM me your address and I'll send you one to try on Monday.


Thanks Mike, I'll PM you.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about fine nibs
« on: April 26, 2016, 04:57:27 PM »
They are readily available on eBay. In fact, there is a full box for $30 with free shipping right now
or you can find individual one there.
If you want to wait until next week, I'll send you one when I return home.

Would have loved to bid on them. The individual price on them at different places seem to be between $1 to $2 and this would have been a steal.Sadly, the seller doesn't seem to ship to India (a frequent problem with many things), I've written to them in a few cases and they don't want to ship it here. Are you the seller by any chance? And yes, I can definitely wait for a week.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about fine nibs
« on: April 26, 2016, 04:42:57 PM »
The Gillott 1290 ticks some of your boxes, being fine and having a turned up tip, but it's described as medium/high elastic.  On the other hand the 1068A is a stiff one but the point may well be inclined to catch.  It's probably time to order a selection of the less well known numbers from Gillott and Leonardt, certainly, and maybe Brause, and experiment with them.

Vintage nibs with turned up tips are pretty wonderful.  Writing with them is scarcely less convenient than using a fountain pen and they usually have a useful amount of firmish flex.  The McNiven and Cameron Waverley for instance is still abundant (testament no doubt to the huge quantities made) and can be had quite cheaply.  The trouble with that class of pens is that the majority write a fairly broad line because they were designed primarily for durability and ease of use rather than finesse.

McNiven and Cameron Waverley seem and the Gillot 1290 seem to be similarly priced, I did end up finding the 1950 and an older version of it apparently: I was looking at a few of the nibs listed as drafting or map-making ones, as they tend to be firmer but more forgiving than the flexible ones. I bought this bunch of nibs called the Massag 332 a while back and you are right, they are fairly broad rather than fine.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about fine nibs
« on: April 26, 2016, 01:58:26 AM »
Oh! Thanks, will look to see if they are available and give them a shot.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Question about fine nibs
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:32:35 PM »
Thanks Salman, while my copperplate has improved drastically, I am struggling with using light hand when trying to copy the lithograph style. The difference is that while writing, I never have to hold the line for a long time, but whole drawing, the lines and curves tend to be much longer. As the length of the line increases, I have noticed a tendency to increase pressure.

In case of writing, I am sure my downstrokes are the ones with pressure and the upstrokes are light, whereas when drawing, there are a lot of strokes that are horizontal and it is these strokes that I think where the paper gets caught.

What do you mean by slightly upturned nibs?

Tools & Supplies / Question about fine nibs
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:02:30 AM »

I've been going through my fine nibs (and ruining them fast) at a very rapid pace,
- In the beginning, it was largely because I had a heavy hand and the angles at which I would use the nibs wasn't very good (wrt tines moving across the paper).
- Nowadays, I've been trying to copy lithography style images using a dip pen and nib on different kinds of paper.
- I'm unable to make the Zebra G and Nikko G to work for me, I've seen a few manga artists use them, but they seem to have the following problems for me, a) they catch the paper very quickly and start splattering ink, and b) they aren't that fine!

I'd like to know if any of you know cheap, easily available, (fairly) resilient fine nibs that have limited or no flex that can be used on different kinds of paper that tends to have some fiber coming of it. Some exemplars can be found on my Instagram (the pictures are mostly of those finished in fountain pens as the earlier versions/studies were with a dip pen).

I understand this isn't strictly a calligraphy question, so please do feel free to move/delete the thread.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I lost my identity
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:20:12 AM »
Ha! My first ever bank account had this problem, as they had my signature on their file (remember those old ledgers) from when I was 14 (a joint account with my mother) and then when I tried to submit a letter a few years later for netbanking access, they refused me and I had to wait to meet the manager to verify that it wasn't identity theft. Though I must admit, this wasn't because my handwriting improved as a result of calligraphy.

Notwithstanding these precautions, a skillful operator has been known to cut out 300 gross that is, 43,200 blanks in a single day.

That is a lot of nibs! I wonder what happened to those that survived use, abuse and neglect (given the rate of consumption back then).

Thank you for sharing this and what a wonderful find!

Show & Tell / Re: a gift for a friend's business
« on: March 12, 2016, 10:04:41 AM »
This looks lovely! I've been planning to get some of the stiffer nibs I have and practice some lithography style diagrams but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Introductions / Re: Hello from India
« on: March 12, 2016, 10:02:34 AM »
Welcome! This is a wonderful forum to learn and as Prasad pointed out, there are a few of us from different cities on here.

Guess you are from India too?!

Yes! Your practice sheets look lovely. We seem to have a decent number of us from India, maybe time to have an Indian letter  exchange.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from India
« on: March 12, 2016, 10:01:00 AM »
Welcome Bhavay!

Yes, getting those oblique holders in India is hard. But I was the recipient of Prasad's generosity! Also, if your budget allows, there are reasonably priced ones from Philippines that you can get shipped at much more reasonable rates than US (in terms of shipping atleast).

Once in a while, you can spot a Speedball Oblique popping up on Amazon or Ebay.

1) Hard! But there are a couple of costly sources though!

1) Once again hard! But keep an eye out on Amazon, you will get some once every couple of months.
2) Alternative: I use regular fountain pen ink and add a bit of Gum Arabic.

1) Probably the easiest, I've found some really cheap and lovely paper for practice that behaves very well.
2) BILT has been my favorite so far, the other options have been the paper used in the regular 100/200 page ruled/plain notebooks which are hard bound (the paper on this is thin but there is no bleeding and it holds well).
3) Tracing sheets as we call them are a lovely way to practice and figure out where you have gone wrong.

Here is a trick I have used,
- Use water soluble ink
- Use the thick tracing sheets (not the thin white ones but the thicker cream paper)
- Practice with a guide-sheet below it
- Use a cloth to wipe it off!
This works well, but it some nibs and water soluble ink don't function very well because of the viscosity and the inability of the ink to stick to the nib.

Introductions / Re: Hello from India
« on: March 11, 2016, 03:56:43 AM »
Welcome! This is a wonderful forum to learn and as Prasad pointed out, there are a few of us from different cities on here.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Italian Wood Obliques
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:00:51 AM »
The story from the maker always makes for a better product! I do like your holders.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: If you could have...
« on: February 08, 2016, 11:36:41 PM »
+1 to what Prasad just said, just make shipping to India cheaper!

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