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Nib to Use
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:06:23 PM »
Is there a recommended nib to use when doing flourishing?
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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 08:36:45 PM »
I love Leonardt Principal EF. It is so's perfect for flourishes. However, it is hard to manipulate. I sometimes use a stiffer nib, like a Gillott 303, for learning.

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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 03:53:49 AM »
Those were the two I'd mention as well, except that I'd put it exactly the other way around.  The Gillott 170 is another nice option: my description would be softer than the Principal but less temperamental than the 303.

Not that I'm a flourisher you understand ... just writing is quite enough of a challenge to be getting on with, thank you.

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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 06:52:45 AM »
HI Cher,
Not sure if you are just starting to do flourishing.  If you are,  then I would suggest starting with a G nib maybe. 

It is very very forgiving.  You will not get the hairlines like the 303 or the Leonardt Principal EF,  but it won't snag on the upstrokes quite as often and is great to get the hand movement right.

Again, I am rubbish at any kind of flourishing, still just learning how to draw a proper Oval.  But I have used the the 303 and the Ef and they are a challenge to manipulate.

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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 01:16:48 AM »
Are you flourishing with a pointed pen or with broad pen?

When I learned pointed pen flourishing, the advice given was to get a large blunt-ish nib in a straight holder - even the G nibs are less ideal for flourishing because they're quite sharp.  My teachers both said the same thing at different times - it is important to practice arm movement, and for that you need to not be concerned about your nib catching, at least at first. So, I would say any old nib that has a bit of flex, but I would avoid the ones that are great for writing with - save them for letters.

If you're learning broad pen flourishing, I would get a chisel tip marker, for exactly the same reason - freedom of movement is more important than perfection of line, at least while you're learning.

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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 05:56:38 AM »
I love using the following for flourishing:

1) Principal EF
2) Vintage Hunt 22
3) Vintage Blanzy Tremplin

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Re: Nib to Use
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2015, 08:22:04 AM »
I had the same question! thanks to all that answered.

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