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FP135. Namiki Copperplate Flex Pen
The Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen with a Copperplate Flex Nib: A fountain pen for script. Black resin body, adjusted nib, gift box.

The Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen is prized for its soft, flexible nib that responds to changes in pressure as you write. It rivals the soft nibs found in some highly sought after vintage fountain pens. From the factory the Namiki Falcon is a wonderfully expressive writing tool, but it writes like a fountain pen. It would not be prized by a penman or penwoman as a tool for writing Copperplate or Spencerian Script.

But with some precise and skillful adjustment, the nib of the Namiki Falcon is transformed. The point is made finer and the nib is given even more flex, enough flex that it functions more like a pointed dip pen nib. It becomes a tool for stressed scripts such as Copperplate and Spencerian. It is also great for pen-and-ink sketching.



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S853. Jumbo Dinky Dip
S853. Jumbo Dinky Dip.

Similar to our Screw-Top Small Dinky Dip (S934), but with larger screw-top jars (1/2 oz) and a larger unfinished wooden base..

Choose your base shape:
1-Square (1 jar) 2.75"x2.75"
4-Square (4 jars): 3.5"x3.5"
4-Rectangle (4 jars): 1.5"x6.5"
8-Rectangle (8 jars): 3.5"x6.75"
10-Rectangle (10 jars): 3.5"x8.5"
12-Rectangle (12 jars): 3.5"x11.25"

The bases are made so that the jars fit tightly in their holes, but also made so you can remove the jars. To remove a jar, you might need to wiggle the jar back and forth while pulling. It can take some effort. Of course, you will want to make sure the lid is screwed on well before starting to remove the jar. When replacing a jar -- if you want it to be removable again -- push it into the hole just enough for it to be secure, but not as deep as it will go.

Jar inside dimensions: approximately 28mm dia. x 25mm high

Refills: S844 or S856



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S934. Small Screw-Top Dinky Dip
S934. Small Rectangle or Square Dinky Dip, with 4 screw-top vials.

These mini inkwells allow you to see your nib as you dip into the ink, allowing you to easily control the depth. They are especially well-suited for pointed pen. Each has four plastic vials, four screw-tops, and an unfinished wooden base. The screw-tops seal the vials tight for transporting or storage (you should keep the filled vials upright). Vial inside dimensions: approximately 14mm dia. x 20mm high. (These are larger than the vials for our regular small Dinky Dip, now called "Flip-Top Small Dinky Dip.")

Choose your base shape:
Rectangle 1" x 4"
Square 2.75" x 2.75"

See S935 for refills.

If you prefer a vial with a flip-top, please see our Flip Top Dinky Dip, item S852.

If you prefer larger vials, please see our Jumbo Dinky Dip, item S853.



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S937. SliderWriter Laser Liner
S937. SliderWriter Laser Liner

This amazing tool eliminates the need to draw guidelines by projecting a line using a laser. No more erasing the pencil lines from envelopes!

Especially useful for dark or lined envelopes that are to opaque too use a light box and master guidelines. Note that only one line is projected and will only provide a baseline for your writing.

The unique design of this tool keeps your paper in place with the paperholder. There is a built-in ruler, as well as a 3/4" Calligraphy Guide, so the lines can easily be spaced evenly. Included are two large rubber bands that allow simple placement of vertical margins.

Left-handers can use this as well. Simply unscrew the clip and then screw it back into the holes on the opposite side of the board.

This item will arrive separate from the other items in your order. Price includes shipping within the USA.

This product uses a Class 3R laser and is not suitable for use by children. It is not a toy. As with laser pointing devices, the laser beam should never be pointed at anyone. The laser beam pointed directly at the eye has potential to cause damage. Be careful of a reflected beam as well. Do not use around children whose eyes would be level with the Slider Writer in use.

SlideWriter PDF Instructions Here!

Watch this SlideWriter Video Demo!

Customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, please click here.



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S950. Topolino Magnetic Stirrer
S950. Topolino Magnetic Stirrer.

If you address envelopes with metallic ink, this little machine is for you. All metallic inks have a settling problem. When you first start working, it takes a lot of shaking to get the metallic color evenly mixed in the ink. While you are working, you have to regularly stir the bottle to keep the pigment evenly dispersed. This ingenious device provides a fine solution. You place a Teflon-coated magnetic pellet in a wide-mouthed jar, pour in your metallic ink, and set the jar on the platform of the magnetic stirrer. Turn the dial on the magnetic stirrer, and, as if by magic, your ink is stirred! Leave your ink in the wide-mouth jar with the Teflon-coated pellet, and next time the machine will quickly and effortlessly stir your ink for you. No batteries; the stirrer plugs in. Because of its flat design, you are not limited to one jar size. Includes one magnetic stir bar.
(Additional bars, see item S951.)

A range of magnetic stirrers are available, but this one seems best for calligraphers: It is small and won’t take up a lot of space in your work area. It is simple to operate, has no unnecessary features, and is modestly priced (for a magnetic stirrer).



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I142. Richtone Color Ink
I142. Richtone Color Inks.

These vibrant new inks come in a range of 20 colors. They are pigment-based, and all but one color passed our lightfastness test of two weeks in a south facing window in North Carolina (Peach changed color). They have some water resistance when compared to Higgins Eternal, but are not waterproof like acrylic inks. The ink worked well on a range of papers and pads commonly used for calligraphy (Rhodia, Boris, and Strathmore 400). 1oz, leak-proof plastic bottle.

Specify color: Teal, Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Midnight Blue, Lilac, Deep Purple, Magenta, Burgundy, Fire Engine Red, Scarlet, Rust Orange, Brilliant Orange, Peach, Bronze, Golden Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Emerald Green, Bright Green, Forest Green, Bronze (not metallic), Charcoal Grey.

For sample size jars, see item SA-I142-S.

Click here to see a color chart.



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I139-S. Pearl Ex Metallic Calligraphy Set w/ Gum Arabic
I139-S. Metallic Calligraphy Set w/ Pearl Ex & Gum Arabic

Finally, Pearl Ex has created a calligraphy kit for making the pigment (powder) into calligraphy ink. Or you can add the powder directly to ink to give that ink pearlescence and shine. Pearl Ex creates a metallic effect without being a real metal - it will never tarnish or fade. The different particle sizes produce different effects, from a smooth pearly luster to a highly metallic sheen.

The set includes 9 colors that work well with calligraphy, including the new Rose Gold, along with Solar Gold, True Blue, Silver, Aztec Gold, Super Russet, Pearl White, Grey Lavender, and Pink Gold. Also includes three jars of gum arabic powder, instructions for mixing, and a list of nibs that work well with Pearl Ex.

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on Black Paper

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on White Paper

To make a Pearl Ex ink for calligraphy:
Basic Recipe
Mix 4 parts of pigment with one part gum Arabic (liquid or powder) in a container, add distilled water slowly as you stir until you get the consistency of ink you like.
Exact measurement Recipe
1 teaspoon Pearl Ex pigment
¼ teaspoon gum Arabic (liquid or powder)
1 teaspoon distilled water
Thinner consistency Pearl Ex ink will lie flatter on the paper when dry; a thicker consistency ink (try ½ teaspoon of water) will stand up a bit on the paper when dry, creating a raised effect. Recipe courtesy of Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy.

The set colors (and others) are sold in three sizes of individual jars:
I139 3 gram
I139-Half 1.2 oz
I139-4 4 oz




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I139. Pearl Ex Pigments
I139. Pearl Ex Pigment Powder (3 grams)

This versatile powder mixes into ink with the addition of water and gum arabic. Or you can add directly to ink to give that ink pearlescence and shine. Pearl Ex creates a metallic effect without being a real metal- it will never tarnish or fade.The different particle sizes produce different effects, from a smooth pearly luster, to a highly metallic sheen.

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on Black Paper

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on White Paper

Choose Color:
Super Copper
Brilliant Gold
Duo Red/Blue
Scarlet
Shimmer Violet
Pink Gold
Grey Lavender
Aztec Gold
Antique Silver
Super Bronze
Solar Gold
Flamingo Pink
True Blue
Super Russet
Pearl White
Rose Gold
Silver
Sunset Gold
Sky Blue
Salmon Pink
Red Russet
Misty Lavender
Mink
Blue Russett
Apple Green


To make a Pearl Ex ink for calligraphy:
Basic Recipe
Mix 4 parts of pigment with one part gum Arabic (liquid or powder) in a container, add distilled water slowly as you stir until you get the consistency of ink you like.
Exact measurement Recipe
1 teaspoon Pearl Ex pigment
¼ teaspoon gum Arabic (liquid or powder)
1 teaspoon distilled water
Thinner consistency Pearl Ex ink will lie flatter on the paper when dry; a thicker consistency ink (try ½ teaspoon of water) will stand up a bit on the paper when dry, creating a raised effect. Recipe courtesy of Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy.

See also I139-S for the Pearl Ex Calligraphy Set of nine 3-gram jars of color good for making ink and three 3-gram jars of powdered gum arabic.



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H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder
H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder.

Choose from three beautiful styles:
The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.
The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version, but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.
The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same reddish brown color.
The Zanerian Wood Holder has a slimly tapering shaft and a teardrop finial.

Each style has the standard metal nib gripper and overall length of 6.5-6.75". Quantity price for 12 or more: $12.00 each




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H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder
H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder.

The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.
The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.
The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version, but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.
The Zanerian Wood Holder is made using the same wood (and colors) as the Ornamental version. The Zanerian design is a very slim shaft with a small finial on the tip.

Each style has the standard brass flange (fitted for the Nikko G nib) and overall length of 6.5-6.75".

Quantity price for 12 or more.




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