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There is currently an exhibition in Köln (Cologne?) about female scribes in medieval times … I’ve ordered the exhibition catalogue and will let you know if it’s worth buying!
Perhaps a field trip to see the exhibit?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:51:44 AM »
Took on the challenge!
Well done, @TeresaS
So nice of you to participate.

You have your choice of 5 nibs from my favorites collection:

Spencerian #1 (England)
Gillott 303 (Vintage)
Esterbrook 357

or if you wish, some other nib I might have that you like (I also have many broad pen nibs).

Let me know your choice via reply to this post or via pm, and if your address is different than the State Route 18 address you used in the Beacon of light exchange.

Please note:  The challenge is still open--anyone else like to try it? The prize is the same.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 16, 2022, 02:00:20 PM »
Wow - even more gorgeous! And what a great challenge!  ;D
I might mention, the original is 5 x 4 inches, hence the recommendation to print it larger--easier to cut and arrange the pieces. Also, I resisted the temptation to make it a 500 piece puzzle--that would really be a mindbender. Given that it has only 80 pieces, and a number of those are very distinctive, it shouldn't be too hard.

Given Mary's suggestion, I might try printing it and making envelopes out of it (the pieces version with the orange). Might be interesting.

Tools & Supplies / Re: New/Old Ink/Nib Test
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:48:35 PM »

@AnasaziWrites Do you have an ink stirrer?
@Erica McPhee
As a matter of fact, I do--see photo. I've had this little measuring cup for years. I think it came with a bottle of lutein. I can tell if the ink is of good consistency (or needs water) by the way it comes off the plastic handle after I've stirred the ink. The little cup is useful, too, to mix small batches of ink for very small uses.

Now, if you meant an electric stirrer, the kind with a little magnetic capsule that stirs, no. If the ink separates quickly, like most iridescent inks, I just recap the bottle and shake. The ink, that is.

Tools & Supplies / New/Old Ink/Nib Test
« on: January 16, 2022, 12:04:25 PM »
The topic of when to throw away a nib and replace it with a new one comes up once in a while, and, more rarely, when to throw out ink and replace it with fresh. I'm one who is reluctant to throw away a nib, perhaps because the nibs I use most frequently are hard and somewhat expensive to replace. Nevertheless, when the nib won't give proper hairlines (the most obvious clue) on any paper or with any ink, out it goes. This might occur after 5-10 pages of writing or maybe 50-75 (?) envelopes addressed. Never really precisely kept track. It's one of those things you know it when you see it.

Ink is another matter. Its usefulness seems to degrade much more slowly over time and vary among the various types of ink. I have some rarely used inks over 10 years old which still seem to work well. My go to ink is McCaffery's Penman's Black, and I keep a once ounce bottle on my desk all the time, topping it off as needed from a master bottle. Every 6-18 months, I dump the bottle and start with new. Last week, I dumped the one ounce bottle, which lasted about a year, I think, and it had about 1/4 inch of near solid sludge at the bottom, which, if I wasn't careful, would mix in somewhat with the new added ink and cause problems.

So, with the new year, out with the old and in with the new, both ink and nibs in the five pens I use most--three with Gillott 604ef nibs (two for iron gall ink, one for non-iron gall, mostly colored inks), one with a Spencerian #1 nib, and one with a vintage Gillott 303.

I've compared the nibs/ink, old and new, starting with one of the G604ef nibs (the others I'll test as I use them). What a difference.
Morale of the story for me--change the ink and nibs more often, and bear the cost.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: January 16, 2022, 10:14:59 AM »

As for the drawing.... forgive me for the pun.  But Yule Brynner was my mother's favorite actor, and she died on Christmas Eve (decades ago).  She would waltz around the house with the soundtrack of "The King and I" on the record player, like she was Deborah Kerr (mom was a schoolteacher, after all).  So this one's for you, Mom.
Although only 5'8", Yul could certainly command a stage or screen with that imperious stare--a look you have captured beautifully in your drawing. He was one of the few actors who could successfully compete with Charlton Heston (in my opinion) for attention or the appearance of many charismatic actors in The Magnificent Seven (my favorite). Nice work on this one.

Of the three blues you mentioned, this would be my favorite.

Looking forward to your interpretation of "All the Best."

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:44:18 PM »
Love this! If you cut it down into smaller pieces, it can be even more interesting!  :)
What a great idea, @Erica McPhee
I've made this into a jigsaw puzzle, and have kept the pieces square to allow for easier cutting of the pieces. So, if you want to put the pieces back into their original places, print this scan (on 8 1/2 x 11 inch, or A4 paper works well), cut out the pieces (leaving no orange background), and reassemble the puzzle into its original form (in the first post of this thread. If anyone is up to the challenge, I'll reward you with five excellent nibs, sent anywhere in the world.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Hmmm
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:24:46 PM »
Hmmm . . .

Introductions / Re: Left-handed sidewriter
« on: January 12, 2022, 05:43:10 PM »
Left handed side writer. Man this is tough. I can do textbook copperplate with a pencil . I bought a really expensive flex-nib fountain pen and due to being a left-handed side writer (old dog new trick syndrome) I get pretty letters but the thick thin flow doesn’t work due to the pen nib orientation. HAS ANYONE ELSE OVERCOME or am I doomed to creating beautiful copperplate in pencil?
You might find something of interest in the Tutorials section of the forum, tips for lefties, here:

Tools & Supplies / Re: Fountain Pen Help
« on: January 11, 2022, 08:23:39 PM »
Hi everyone!

A few years ago a friend gave me this fountain pen with a bottle of ink but no ink cartridge. The pen doesn't have any branding information on it so I have no way of knowing where to look for an ink cartridge. Can anyone help me identify this pen? And provide any suggestions for refillable ink cartridges? I have quite a bit of ink already that I would like to use.

I tried using a Schmidt universal refillable cartridge but it was way too big and not compatible with this nib. I'd really like to use this since it's pretty nice and was free for me, so any help/suggestions are much appreciated!

Ask Frank or Sam at
and send them those photos and they probably can identify the pen and are likely to have a cartridge or filling mechanism for the pen as well.

Introductions / Re: Introduction
« on: January 05, 2022, 05:17:11 PM »
Hi Erica!
Thank you so much I will definitely sign-up for the Valentine’s Day exchange :). I will check out those topics too! I was wondering if you know how exactly the exchanges work and if they are international?
Welcome to the forum, @mayajjjain
Yes, the exchanges are international--open to anyone from anywhere. Typically, when you receive your list of 6-8 people with whom to exchange, there will be one or two from outside the US.
Most of you questions can be answered by this thread and the answers to it:
which is located in the exchanges area of the forum.
Most importantly, have fun with it.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: January 03, 2022, 03:53:10 PM »
Happy New Year, Everybody!

@AnasaziWrites - try shaking up that "All the Best" bottle!  When I swatched it, I got bluish-purple shimmer and gold sheen!  (will post about that in due time)

Ah, you are so right @K-2 --this ink needs to be shaken vigorously before using to reveal the sheen/shimmer. I'll amend my post regarding it.

Love the Stevie Wonder--the right color for sure.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021, All the Best
« on: December 30, 2021, 02:10:22 PM »
"All the Best" is the 25th and final ink of the calendar, and unlike the prior 24 inks, which are 5 ml, this is a 30 ml bottle. Like several of the earlier inks, it can be used straight from the bottle with pointed pen on some papers, in this case smooth Bristol 100 lb, and feathers on other, lesser papers. Adding gum arabic (7 drops /1.5 ml) improved its performance--thinner thins--but still railroaded on shades after a certain size. Nice color when diluted--similar to McCaffery's Red-violet, though a bit redder. No shimmer or sheen--a "standard" ink. Good color to draw sunsets or some such, I would guess. Looking forward to see what @K-2 does with it upon returning from a well deserved break.

Edit:  At the suggestion of @K-2 , I gave this ink a vigorous shake,various properties appeared, depending on the paper. My favorite was immediately after shaking, on 100 lb. smooth Bristol (untreated), the shades were a brilliant sparkly gold-green, and the thins remained dark red-violet when held in bright sunlight at an angle. On untreated 140 lb. watercolor paper, the shades were blue and red with a little sparkle  (ignore the upper "G" in this photo--it's with a different ink--I'm at the last corner of this test paper). On 32 lb. Staples laser paper, treated, the shades were a flat olive green (this might be with less shaking). Most interesting.

Tools & Supplies / Re: My Hand Made Oblique Holders
« on: December 25, 2021, 04:40:16 PM »
Thank you Erica! It is then impossible to see his pens. I am not using Instagram.
@Cyril Jayant
Try this link:

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