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Broad pen nibs are normally cut at an angle for left-handed calligraphers. Have these been cut  like this for the same reason ?

Thank you again, Erica. It's not really a problem for me but I thought that I would flag it up to you in case it was a general glitch. I will do as you suggest and let it decide for itself.

Hi Erica,

I cleared the cache on my computer yesterday as you know and when I tried to log on for the first time today I received the same error message as before. I've attached a screen print to show you. When I try for a second time, I log on with no problem. I'm sure there's a simple explanation and as no-one else has reported the same issue,  :-\it must be something I'm doing..... or not doing. :-\

Thank you Erica.
I have cleared the cache and I think it has solved the issue. If it reappears, I will let you know.
Thank you too for a wonderful forum.
Best regards

Recently, each time I log in, which is almost daily, I am refused the first time (but not as spam) and accepted the second. Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?

One small exercise for Ken, one large exercise for the rest of us!
What an inspiration. Long may it continue.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Contest: Who wrote this?
« on: May 29, 2021, 08:56:12 AM »
I would go for S E Spinner too.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy and Music
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:43:02 AM »
Beautiful. A real inspiration - and motivation.


Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:01:38 AM »
Hi Erica,

Here's a link to the address of another great supplier in London, Falkiner Fine Papers. They don't appear to have their own website.

Devon is a beautiful county but don't miss the opportunity to visit the neighbouring county of Cornwall too.

I wish you a great "trip of a lifetime".

Tools & Supplies / Re: Osprey Scholar fountain pen
« on: October 20, 2019, 11:07:30 AM »
It appears to be a Zebra G nib unit with filler at $18 which only fits the Osprey Scholar fountain pen ($30+). It also comes with the necessary kit to change the nib apparently.

Thank you for the other information, jrvalverde. I'll probably look into the Jinhao idea.

Tools & Supplies / Osprey Scholar fountain pen
« on: October 16, 2019, 04:08:17 PM »

I have just been reading a blog about this new fountain pen which is fitted with a Nikko G nib and comes with the necessary tools to change the nib when necessary. It appears on the website at 18.00$. If it works well it will be great for those of us who want to practice but are short of time to set ourselves up to do so.

Does anyone here have any experience using it ?


Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:57:10 AM »
I'm originally from the Midlands, England but I now live in the Auvergne region of France.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Newbie - broad edge calligraphy
« on: April 08, 2019, 05:35:54 AM »
Hi Lucie,

Mitchell roundhand nibs are available in 10 widths especially for lefthanders like us. There are reservoirs too which slide over the back of the nib and can be filled using a small paint brush. You should have no problem finding them in the UK, but if you do, let me know and I'll try and help.
The edge of the nib is cut at an oblique angle to compensate for the problem we have with the writing angle to form good "thicks" and "thins".

Best wishes,

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:54:18 AM »
Puy de Dme, Auvergne. France


Tools & Supplies / Re: Homemade walnut ink
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:14:06 AM »
Thank you. It is autumn and quite damp here (central France) but I have no problem with any other inks. I actually made the ink by boiling walnut husks with water and reducing the resulting strained liquid to the colour I wanted. I then added 10 per cent alcohol to stop mould growth. I have about 1/4 of a pint and so sufficient to try out Erica's suggestion of adding some gum arabic too. I'll keep you posted.

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