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Tools & Supplies / Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« on: February 26, 2024, 05:49:05 PM »
The first nib I ever bought was a Hunt 56 and I didn't know anything about nibs.  It was a vintage brass nib - which are still available on E-bay.  They aren't cheap but the brass/hand ground ones last for such a long time if we remember to care of them properly.

I also love a Zebra G that is very hard to get -   It looks like a regular Nikko G nib, except that there is a blue dot on the back side.  This dot is ink and it comes off when you wash your nib.  Then, the only way to tell it apart from the regular Nikko G is to use it.  You will see that it has a medium flex instead of a stiff flex.  It was much easier for me than the regular Nikko G.  But, you can only get it from Japan or from someone who got them in Japan.  I wish there was a way to get more.  I even sent an email to Jet Pens telling them about the nib and they seemed excited about the information but I never heard anything back.

Like you said, Erica, the Blanzy 2552 is really nice as well.

Flourish Forum News / Re: Is it Really Free?
« on: February 26, 2024, 05:23:25 PM »
Hi Erica

A heartfelt "thank you" for this place that calligrapher's can meet and discuss the thing we all love doing.  How you managed to do this with all you have had to do and continue to do is nothing short of inspirational.   I really appreciate it.  I haven't been here for awhile because I had to take time away from calligraphy to do some things that are not fun, but necessary.   I was so pleased that I could just log in even though I haven't been here since the beginning of the pandemic. 

There is a treasure trove of expertise here.  Thanks again for making it possible.

Liz T

Nikki - that is lovely!

Wow!  I love this so much!

Show & Tell / Re: Show your holiday greeting...
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:24:45 AM »
Very festive!  I've never tried folded pen. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Step up your envelope game
« on: November 24, 2019, 12:16:58 AM »
I love envelope art and these are really great!  Thanks, Andrew.

I had not heard about the log-in requirement.  Thanks for sharing the article.

Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« on: October 29, 2019, 11:21:45 PM »
It could be that's what I saw but didn't realize she had the nib in a cork - I don't know.  That's interesting, too.  A cork would be fatter than most holders so it might be kind of like using an ergonomic holder.

Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« on: October 23, 2019, 11:39:19 PM »
I've never seen this before, but I have seen Connie Chen use a nib to write or draw with and it wasn't in a holder.  It was in one of her IG posts.

Hi Angela.  I am a very small fish in the pond of people who are responding, but after about 2 years following calligraphers on Instagram I have chosen a favorite and it is the first one that Erica mentioned.  Now, I don't think I have even been exposed to all the great calligraphers, because my time at this is not very long, but I haven't seen anything from John Stevens that I didn't love.  If you are on Instagram you can find him as "calligraphile. "  I know about his book, but have not seen it yet, so this is really just for inspiration.   

Introductions / Re: ..but it's a dry heat
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:05:24 PM »
Hi Jon! 

Nice to have you here.  I think I've tried lots of "creative" experiences during my life but calligraphy is something I've come back to also.  You'll find a lot of good info and support here.


Hi Matt - I'm grateful for your question and for the people who answered because I'm looking for something other than the Hunt 101, too.   I'm also using Sumi - I water it down a tiny bit.  Part of my problem with it is that it runs out of ink quickly.  I can only get 4 large strokes out of it and then I have to re-ink.  That seems like a lot of re-inking when you're doing a large page of single strokes.

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