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SCA Calligraphy

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A selection of recommended materials for Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) members and others interested in the methods used by Medieval and Renaissance illuminators.

SCA Books/DVDs  SCA Illumination  SCA Gilding 
SCA Calligraphy  SCA Paper/Vellum   


I116. Old World Oak Gall Ink
An oak gall ink made with period recipes and materials including oak galls, iron salts, logwood dyes and acacia gum (Gum Arabic). Oak gall ink was used for many medieval manuscripts and is very popular today for Spencerian and Copperplate. For paper and vellum. Dries waterproof. 2 oz bottle.

This ink can be reconstituted using distilled water and letting it sit overnight. Then stir well and break up any solids.

Old World Ink Product Help:http://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Oldworld

"It is really nice and darker than regular iron gall ink." - Nan DeLuca.

"This ink is teriffic! Smooth off the pen, it is jet black with hairlines as fine as any penman could want." - Bob Hurford



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I54. Blots Iron Gall Ink
This hard to find Iron Gall ink is available again.
1oz Glass Jar.


In the medieval recipes there are only two methods of preparing ink; mixing gum with carbon or treating salts of iron with tannic acid. Iron Gall Ink was probably invented in the first centuries of our era. However the earliest existing document written with iron ink is an Egyptian parchment of the seventh century. From then the use of iron inks spread to Europe. Iron Gall Ink is quite thin, slightly gritty but flows well and produces exquisitely fine hairlines It appears grey at first but darkens to a velvety blue black on exposure to light and air. Blot’s Iron Gall Ink is carefully prepared with reference to Palatino’s recipe of AD1540 and is a rare opportunity to experience this medieval ink.


"Blots is the most traditional and oldest formula for Iron Gall ink still being made commercially, albeit the most acidic. It's derived from the medieval Palatino formula of 1540. The viscosity is perfect. If you want to pull the hairlines and shades of the Old-Timers, Blots is the way to go, in my experience." - Nick D'Aquanno



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I121. Higgins Sepia Calligraphy Ink
Higgins Sepia Calligraphy Ink

A warm reddish-brown colored ink. Non waterproof, dye-based, translucent. Dries quickly to a beautiful matte finish. Recommended for use with brushes, fountain pens and dip pens, on board or paper.

2.5 ounce bottle.




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I127. Richtone Sepia Inks
I127. Richtone Sepia Inks.

Four beautiful, vibrant browns: Java, Walnut, Terra Cotta, Eucalyptus. These rich, natural dyes are non-waterproof. Lightfastness varies; Walnut is the best. Very concentrated. Can be used straight or diluted with water. Specify color. 30ml (1oz) plastic bottle.



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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8 inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




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S449. Walnut Ink Crystals
Dissolve 1 teaspoon crystals in 1/2 cup distilled water, wait for 25-35 minutes, and then you will have a warm, rich walnut ink. The ink is lightfast, flows well and is highly recommended by many master scribes. Makes a wonderful brown or sepia ink for calligraphy, drawing, washes or antiquing paper. Non-waterproof.

Choose Size:
1oz
2oz
4oz
8oz
16oz

The best price for walnut ink crystals is 4oz and larger.



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FP90. Manuscript Deluxe FP Set
Manuscript Calligrapher's Deluxe Fountain Pen Set (Tin)

This calligraphy fountain pen set comes in a storage tin with a smooth, black barrel, six interchangeable gilt broad-edged nibs: F, M, B, 2B, 3B, 4B. Four black cartridges. Smooth writing, good thicks and thins. Great for beginners, quick work, and envelope jobs. F=.85mm, M=1.1mm, B=1.35mm, B2=1.6mm, B3=2.2mm, B4=2.8mm. Specify Right or Left Hand.

To purchase additional barrels: FP92
To purchase additional nib units: FP103
To purchase additional cartridges: FP115, FP116, & FP91

For more information about using the pens:
Manuscript Pens



Click here for use and care instructions for this set.




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FP91. Manuscript Cartridges 12 pk
Pack of 12 cartridges for the Manuscript Calligraphy Fountain Pens. These are universal size cartridges that fit all Manuscript pens (deluxe and dodec).

Choose color: Black, Blue or Sepia.

For 5 additional colors order Pelikan Cartridges FP115.




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N02. Brause Calligraphy Nibs
Sizes in millimeters (0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0). Oblique-cut.

Brause calligraphy nibs are popular with both professionals and beginners. Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. High quality nibs from Germany. Order these if you have a heavy hand and apply strong pressure when you write. These chisel edged dip nibs are great for Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), Italic, and other hands.




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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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