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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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  • Tips on cleaning a nib
    February 14, 2023

    3 Tips on cleaning nibs

    To ensure reliable ink flow, it is important to keep your calligraphy pen clean.  Dip pens and nibs should be cleaned after each use. The easiest way to clean your nib is to simply rinse the pen in slow running cold...

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  • Copperplate Alphabet - Scribblers Calligraphy
    March 26, 2022

    What is Copperplate Writing?

    For many years the hand which we know today as ‘Copperplate’ was called ‘Roundhand’. Unfortunately that name is now sometimes used by calligraphers as an alternative for the ‘Foundational Hand’ first developed and popularised by Edward Johnston. The style is...

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  • Tips on how to rule up accurately
    February 6, 2022

    How to Rule-Up

    Does anybody like ruling-up? Not many people do, but these tips will help make light work of this important activity. Accuracy is most important Time taken to accurately rule up will save a great deal of frustration later on. Ruling...

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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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  • Tips for practising
    February 1, 2022

    Tips for Practising a New Style

    It is best to practice frequently and in a constructive and methodical way. By setting yourself a target for the practice session you will be more focused and achieve better results. Practising a new style (Italic Minuscules) Here is an...

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