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Vertical Ornamental Penmanship


Convention Essential Supply List

Pen Holders - oblique (H23, H48, H51, H61) and straight (H46, H60, H62, H65, H78, H79) penholder. Students will want to experiment with each to determine which is most comfortable for them.
Nibs - First choice would be the Leonardt Principal (N120), Brause 66EF (N70), or Gillott 303 (N72), but the Hunt 22 (N93) & 101 (N77), and Gillott 404 (N74) would also work.
Ink - McCaffery's (I37), Old World Ink (I116), or Blotts, watercolor or gouache. The goal is a fine hairline and solid shade. Higgins Eternal is not recommended as I find fine hairlines very difficult with that ink.
Water Container - (S731).
Paper - A smooth stock that allows for fine hairlines, has good ink holdout, and through which the provided guidelines may be seen. Canson Pro-Marker layout (P32) or equivalent works best.


H23. Hunt Oblique Penholder
Speedball Oblique Pen holder

Black plastic hourglass shape penholder with offset for nib. For copperplate and Spencerian. The offset helps righthanders with the letter slant. Most lefthanders use a straight holder not this oblique holder. However, some use an oblique holder.

These pointed nibs work in this holder: Hunt 22, Hunt 56, Hunt 99, Hunt 100, Hunt 101, Hunt 103, Hunt 104,
Gillott 170, Gillott 303, Gillott 404, Gillott 1950
Hiro 700, Esterbrook 354, Brause Rose Nib.
The Nikko G nib will work okay, but the holder is not ideal for this nib.

Gillott 659 does NOT work with this holder; use H75 (Gillott Holder #51) instead.

The EF Principal does not work in this holder. See H48 Ziller Oblique Holder (Size) PRIN, and both the Blackwell Holders H50, H61



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H51. Century Oblique Penholder
Century Oblique Holder

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs. They can be adjusted with needle nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder. Wood color varies.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H53.



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H61. Blackwell Plastic Handle Oblique Holder
Blackwell Oblique Pen Holder Plastic Handle

Black plastic hourglass penholder with the same brass flange for holding the nibs. The brass work is not as finely finished but is just as functional. Works with small nibs such as the Brause 66EF and almost all other nibs.

A remarkably simple design that holds most pen points for
Spencerian and Copperplate. Designed to hold the nib at a less steep slant angle for ease of upstrokes. Also available with a brass and wood handle.

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



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H46. Grey Plastic Pen Holder (114)
Grey Plastic Nib Holder

Lightweight grey plastic (Caran D'Ache 114) penholder. Now comes with standard ring and four prong gripper mechanism.

The OLD style is no longer available.

How do I insert a calligraphy nib into a penholder that has a metal ring and four prongs?



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H62. Mahogany Pen Holder
Straight wood calligraphy penholder.

How do I insert a calligraphy nib into a penholder that has a metal ring and four prongs?



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H78. Thick Wood Pen Holder
H78. Thick Wood Pen Holder

These short, turned hardwood penholders have a thicker grip. If you or your students have arthritis or joint problems, you may find these thicker pen holders easier to use. Some calligraphers also just like a thicker pen holder. Wood color will vary and there will be some variation in shape. Approx. 5" length.



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H79. Century Turned Pen Holder
These beautiful wood penholders have decorative finials and are made of various domestic and exotic hardwoods. Delightful calligraphy pen holder. Wood color varies.

See H81 for a thicker holder.



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N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
N120.EF Principal Nib

You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It's flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.





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N72. Gillott 303 Nib
N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.





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N93. Hunt 22 Nib (22B)
Hunt 22 Extra Fine

A very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very thin hairlines and good swells. The nib works for x-heights of 3/16"-1/16". It has a sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces, though it will have a tendency to catch on upstrokes on those papers. Compared to the Gillott 303, the Hunt 22 point is less sharp, and it has more stiffness, so more pressure will be required to create thick shades (swells).

Hunt 22 is used by both beginners and professional scribes. HUNT EXTRA FINE 22 is stamped on the nib. The nib is sometimes called Hunt 22B. This nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers (N154 and N117-1).

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.

Vintage Hunt 22 nibs (N93-V) are also available. When they were made, many decades ago, a higher quality of steel and craftmanship was employed in nib manufacture. They have similar characteristics, but are of a better quality.



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