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Calligraphy & Illumination

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This page displays a few of our wide selection of calligraphy supplies for the hobbyist and professional. For more materials for calligraphy either click on the subcategories that follow or in the list at left.
Calligraphy Ink  Calligraphy Fountain Pens  Broad Edged Calligraphy Nibs 
Pointed Calligraphy Nibs  Parallel Pens  Holders 
Pads for Calligraphy  Gilding Supplies  Quills 



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N204. Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib
N204. Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib

The revolutionary Ink Cage is a reservoir for pointed pen nibs. It allows you to write or flourish much longer before re-dipping. The Ink Cage is sold permanently attached to the nib of your choice. It is not removable or reusable.

Choose nib:
Titanium Zebra G
Zebra G (steel)
Brause Rose
Nikko G
Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361)
Leonardt Principal EF
Hunt 101
Gillott 404


Click here for important cleaning instructions.


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N02-S9. Brause Set of 9 Nibs
Widely used by professionals, the Brause Nibs are also the best calligraphy nibs for beginners. Stiff, durable high quality nibs from Germany. Oblique cut calligraphy nibs, with the reservoir on top. If you have a heavy hand, Brause Nibs will work well. You can't go wrong with these chisel edged dip nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), and other hands. (Bandzung)

Sizes in set:
0.5mm
0.75mm
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm




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H50. Blackwell Wood Holder
Blackwell Oblique Holder

A remarkably simple design that holds most pen points for
Spencerian and copperplate. Finely crafted wood holder with a sturdy brass oblique arm. This penholder is designed to hold the nib at a less steep slant angle for ease of upstrokes. Also available with a plastic holder. Works with small nibs such as the Brause 66ef and almost all other nibs.

(Works with most all nibs except the very largest vintage nibs and crowquill nibs.)



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N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, Glen Epstein & many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering.You vary the line width by tilting the pen.Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.



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N156-S. Luthis Flat Pens Set of 6
N156-S. Luthis Flat Pens Set of 6

Chisel-edged pens in wider sizes. The nibs are made from repurposed aluminum litho plates and the handle is a simple dowel. They write similar to Automatic Pens, but are a bit more flexible. One of each size excluding XXL


#3 (5mm)
#4 (7mm)
#5 (11mm)
#5a (15mm)
#6 (20mm)
#6a (25mm)




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S989. Pro Art French Curve Set
S989. Pro Art French Curve Set of 3

Set of three french curves made from .080" clear Dunilon plastic. French curves will not warp, discolor or cloud.



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S620. Clear Dappen Dish
Dappen Dish / Dampen Dish.

These small wide mouthed glass containers with relatively heavy bases are ideal for holding gesso, ink or gouache.

Peter Thornton used a dampen dish to reconstitute prepared gesso in a gilding workshop that John attended. He put a piece of prepared gesso in one of these small shot glasses, added drops of water, and got the gesso to the correct consistency. He then applied the gesso to his quill or pen from the dappen dish.

Metal Lid: See item S802




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S620-12. Dappen Dish - Box of 12
Box of 12 Dappen Dishes. List $18.50

Dappen Dish / Dampen Dish

These small wide mouthed glass containers with a relatively heavy base are ideal for holding gesso, ink or gouache.

Peter Thornton used a dampen dish to reconstitute prepared gesson in a gilding workshop that John attended. He put a piece of prepared gesso in one of these small shot glasses, added a drops of water, and got the gesso to the correct consistency. He then applied the gesso to his quill or pen from the dappen dish.




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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different , this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going in to this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz $5.95 (widemouth jar)
6.0 oz (180ml) $12.95

15oz (450ml) $19.95

60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L), only $75.00.
You save $54.95. 10 six ounce bottles cost $129.50.
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.



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P01-8. JNB Copperplate/Engrossers Pad 8.5X11in
P01-8. JNB Graph Pad with Slant Lines for Copperplate. 24lb bond.
8.5" x 11". Approx 50 sheets.
Slant lines - 55 degree angle

August 2015. The paper in this pad has been changed. The new paper is much better with the ink.

Smooth paper for pointed pen. The paper takes the ink well and does not bleed or feather with most inks. (We tested with Higgins Eternal, Noodler’s, McCaffery's, and Richtone Colors.) The smooth surface helps avoid pen catches on upstrokes.

Approx. 50 sheets with a blue grid and slanted lines for copperplate, 8 squares/inch. Grid may show up with some copiers. This pad takes the place of copperplate guidelines.

This paper is available in Blank Pads (see items P20 and P25).
For an 11"x17" Copperplate Graph Pad, use code P01-11
For a regular 11"x17" graph pad for broad-edged penwork, use code P72 (Gilbert Graph Pad)



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