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  • Nib width sizes featured image
    March 24, 2023

    Nib Width Sizes

    Unfortunately, the majority of nib manufacturers do not use a sensible numbering system for their nib sizes.Just because the nib says ‘4’ on it, it does not mean the actual nib width is 4mm! We have created a PDF to...

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  • A calligraphy nib fitted with a reservoir
    March 8, 2023

    Fitting a Reservoir

    There are two types of nibs: pointed and broad-edge. Pointed nibs do not use a reservoir, but broad-edge nibs do. Some broad-edge nibs are purchased with a reservoir. These include Brause Bandzug nibs, Speedball ‘C’ and ‘LC’ nibs and Leonardt...

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  • How to prepare nibs
    February 2, 2022

    How to Prepare Nibs

    Preparing your nib before its first use is crucial for achieving the best calligraphy results. New nibs come with a thin lacquer coating, designed to prevent rust. However, this coating also repels ink, leading to inconsistent ink flow and potential...

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  • Dealing with problems
    May 18, 2016

    Dealing with Ink and Paper Problems

    Every calligrapher will have experienced a fabulous moment – however fleeting –  when all the materials (paper, nib, ink) are in harmony, and the letters are forming miraculously on the page! When it doesn’t feel like that – when it’s...

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  • The qualities of paper
    July 25, 2015

    Qualities of Paper

    Almost all our calligraphy is done on paper, so it’s a material we really care about.This article offers advice, but in the end it’s down to you because even the “best” papers don’t suit everyone. The best tip is to...

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  • Getting to know paper
    July 25, 2015

    Getting to Know Paper

    It’s likely that as a calligrapher you have an interest in (or even an obsession about!) paper. In the article of the qualities of paper it was suggested that you should be observant and critical, and learn which papers work...

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  • Rolling Ruler for drawing parallel lines
    October 17, 2010

    Rolling Ruler

    The Rolling Ruler is a universal drawing tool for making parallel lines, circles and arcs. Draw Horizontal Parallel Lines Hold the centre of the ruler and roll it up/down to draw the straight parallel lines. Draw Vertical Parallel LinesPlace the pencil in any...

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