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Favorite nib for Spencerian
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:10:03 PM »
I would love to know what nib(s) your prefer to use for Spencerian.  All opinions or facts, would be lovely.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014, 10:26:10 PM »
Oblique Vintage - Gillott 604EF, Spencerian No. 1 (English branded, not NYC), Esterbrook A1
Oblique Modern - Leonardt Principal
Straight Holder Spencerian - So far Gillott 404 and Gillott 1068
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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 01:56:40 AM »
I love Spencerian so I would love to try any nibs suitable for it. Unfortunately I've only had the honour of using Principal. (Why isn't there a Spencerian nib sample package on PIA..)  I went back to try Nikko G again after saying I dislike it. I think it's good for bad papers.. It obviously won't snag as often, and it nice for monoline writing too.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 06:33:07 AM »
Leonardt Principal, Gillott 303, Gillott 170, according to mood.  The Principal is the default choice.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 01:17:18 PM »
Thank you. I will try a few that I have. I don't have a few mentioned, but will end up purchasing. Nib fanatics!

Today the Nikko G seems to be my thing.

I will put up a lowercase critique soon, so you guys can give me your input.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 02:13:37 PM »
I took a 1-day Spencerian workshop with Mr. Michael Sull and he recommends Nikko G for beginners.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 06:46:15 PM »
I've gravitated to the Zebra G. Started with the Nikko G, but found I could get a little finer line with the Zebra.
I also found I was keeping nibs too long--just hated to throw them out, not wanting to use my last nib up. Solved the problem by buying a package of 100 of them directly from Japan. Now, if they don't act right, out they go.
Have you tried the Zebra G?

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2014, 09:31:35 PM »
I took a 1-day Spencerian workshop with Mr. Michael Sull and he recommends Nikko G for beginners.

Wow, that must have been a really nice class Linda.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2014, 09:38:18 PM »
I've gravitated to the Zebra G. Started with the Nikko G, but found I could get a little finer line with the Zebra.
I also found I was keeping nibs too long--just hated to throw them out, not wanting to use my last nib up. Solved the problem by buying a package of 100 of them directly from Japan. Now, if they don't act right, out they go.
Have you tried the Zebra G?

Thanks, I will try the Zebra G out too.

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2014, 09:49:14 PM »
Nikko G here.  :)
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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2014, 02:26:02 PM »
Vintage spencerian #1 is my go-to, then vintage Gillott 303, then modern leonardt principal and lastly modern gillott 303

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Re: Favorite nib for Spencerian
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2014, 11:30:15 PM »
I took a 1-day Spencerian workshop with Mr. Michael Sull and he recommends Nikko G for beginners.

Wow, that must have been a really nice class Linda.

It was too short. :-\ It was from 9am-3pm, but we barely covered the basic strokes & miniscules and had like, 15 mins for majuscules! Everyone wanted Mr. Sull's autograph (myself included, ha!) and that took a big chunk of time. And he was so kind and personally prepped EVERYONE's Nikko G nibs (there were about 25 people in class)...

I definitely need to take another class with him again soon. I know Roseann took a 2-day class with him in San Diego earlier this year and she had a fantastic time!

[edited to add] Here is Roseann's post!
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