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Early 20th Century Lettering


Early 20th Century Lettering – Randall Hasson

Supply List
  • Speedball A, B and D nibs, variety of sizes but at least a 0 and 3 of each. Would suggest a complete set if possible (not required as we may not use all sizes). (N04, N06)
  • Dip pen holders and assorted nibs or parallel pens (FP67)
  • Pigma Calligraphers, Speedball or other nylon tipped pens are okay for broad edged work. (M82)
  • Walnut or Sumi inks (I53-2.5, I70)
  • Water containers (S1005)
  • Ruler and triangle for layout (S270, S613)
  • Graph paper (P21)
  • Other papers that you like to write on
  • The Mahara journal will also be a fine working surface if you have one.

No Recommended Books
by Randall Hasson:
  • B4087. Speedball Textbook, 24th edition, edited by Angie Vangalis and Randall Hasson.
  • BL14.3. "Writing with A Bent Nib" by Randall Hasson & Michael Clark in Bound & Lettered Vol. 14 No. 3


N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand)
Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs
Straight cut. Sizes 0(3.3mm), 1(3mm), 1-1/2(2.5mm),
2(2.3mm), 2-1/2(1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2(1mm),
4(0.9mm), 5(.75mm), 6(.6mm).

Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Carolingian, ItalicUncials, Gothic, Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

See N05 for Left Hand Mitchell Nibs.




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N06. Brause Left-hand Nib
Sizes in millimeters (0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0). Hand-ground to left oblique.

Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. High-quality nibs from Germany. If you have a heavy hand, these will work well.
Use this left-handed nib for left-handed calligraphic writing.



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FP67. Pilot Parallel Pen
Pilot Parallel Pen

Extremely smooth writing from this pen, offering crisp edges and sharp hairlines. Nib point consists of two parallel metal plates and allows for lettering in two sizes. Use the 0.5mm edge for sharp, monoline writing or use the broad edge for calligraphic writing. You can also produce color-blended letters by touching ink from one pen to a second pen loaded with another color. Available in four sizes, includes one red and one black cartridge and a cleaning bladder.

Specify size:
1.5mm
2.4mm
3.8mm
6.0mm

Formerly available as code numbers:
FP67-1.5
FP67-2.4
FP67-3.8
FP67-6.0



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M82. Sakura Pigma Calligrapher
Sakura Pigma Calligrapher.

Pigmented, lightfast, Chisel Markers. For especially crisp letters, the sides of the tip are reinforced so the nib stays sharp for the life of the marker.

Pigma Calligrapher’s special plastic nib performs similar to a metal dip pen. Get different effects by applying different degrees of pressure. Nib lasts longer than conventional fiber tip nibs on disposable calligraphy pens. Available in 3 point sizes (including the popular 1mm size) in 6 different colors.

Sizes: 1mm, 2mm, 3mm.

Colors: Black, Royal Blue, Red, Sepia, Purple, Hunter Green.

Sakura Pigma Calligrapher Markers are different from regular chisel edge markers. With Sakura Calligrapher Markers, the ink flows through two fairly stiff plastic plates to reach the paper. For this reason, it is important that you have the entire tip on the paper and apply more or less equal pressure across the entire width of the writing edge of the nib. (These stiff plastic plates are what keeps the tip crisp though the life of the marker.) With regular chisel markers, the ink will flow from any surface of the marker. With these Sakura chisel markers you can’t get sloppy with nib position to the paper or you will get a one-sided ragged stroke, or not a fully inked stroke. You may have to slow down, find the “sweet spot” and write more carefully.



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I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I53-2.5. Tom Norton's Walnut (Color) Ink

A rich sepia ink.Thin with water to create a wash. For brush or dip pen. Already liquid. Non-waterproof (but not suitable for fountain pens).
70ml , 2.36 oz.




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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 (widemouth jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)
15 oz (450ml)
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L) -- Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three!




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S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot
S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot

The Faber-Castell Clic & Go is a collapsible and expandable water pot. Easy to clean and store, travels easily. Ridges on the cup are the perfect place to hold brushes in between uses. The water pot holds approximately 12 ounces. PVC- and Latex-free.



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S270. Metal Ruler:12in
S270. Stainless Steel Ruler 12"

Flexible, cork back.



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S613. 12 inch 45/90 Triangle
S613. 45/90 Triangle, 12 in.

Clear plastic. Called a set square in the UK.



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P21. JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets
JNB Graph Pad
Light blue grid (8 squares/inch). 24 lb bond. 11"x17". Approx 50 sheets.

A non-bleeding paper that is great for calligraphy. (We use the same paper in our JNB Practice Pads.) Many instructors have their students use this pad in their classes.

(For graph with slant lines P01.)

Please choose color: Light or Dark.

Light: This grid does not show on many copiers, shows faintly on others, and usually disappears when you adjust the exposure one setting lighter. If you use a copier to produce your finished art for reproduction, this is the pad for you. This pad is good for jobs done at quick printers.

Dark: For classes, some students may appreciate a slightly darker grid. This is particularly true for adult classes. This is still a light blue grid. Some teachers have commented that their students found the original pad's grid was too light.



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