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Bob Hurford


Spencerian Ladies ' Hand
A light and delicate hand dating from the mid 19th century used by such penmen as Elmer Bloser who probably never thought of it as a "ladies' hand." Historically, the Spencerian Ladies' Hand contains modest shading on the capitals and none on the lower case letter. A straight penholder was used with nibs of good sharpness and modest flexibility, though an oblique penholder may be used. In our class, we will study the basic letterforms and endeavor to add some flourishing to the Ladies' Hand making it even more elegant. It is beautiful handwriting and an excellent choice for envelopes.
Skill Level: All

Supplies: Penholder: Straight (recommended)(H62, H71, H77) or oblique penholder (H95, H96); lefties will want the straight holder. Nib: A sharp pen with modest flex. Of nibs made today, my favorites for the Ladies' Hand are: Hunt 22 (N93) and Gillott 404 (N74). Ishikawa Zebra G (N118) and Leonardt Hiro 111EF (N111) will work, too. Ink: Any ink providing fine hairlines. Recommended is iron gall ink such as McCaffery's Penman's Ink (I37); Blott's Iron Gall. Ziller Glossy Black Ink (I28-GLOS, I29) is a non-iron gall ink that will work well. Paper: Any paper that produces fine hairlines and through which one can see provided guidelines. Canson Layout Bond (P32-9) is a good choice. Bring a very light touch to write the Spencerian Ladies' Hand.



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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H77. Ergonomic Pen Holder
The manufacturer says the shape reduces fatigue and discomfort. Instead of a being a cylinder, the penholder has been designed for your fingers. Blonde wood.

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



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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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N74. Gillott 404 Nib
N74. Gillott 404 Nib.

The Gillott 404 is a popular, sturdy nib. It is long-lasting, fairly stiff nib, and suitable for writing at x-heights from 3/16" to 1/4", on all surfaces from smooth to textured. It is a good choice for beginners (or those with a heavy hand.) Because they require more pressure to create the swells, stiffer nibs are easier to control. With thicker hairlines others, The Gillott 404 is a good choice for work for reproduction. The Gillott 404 is stiffer and less sharp than the Gillott 303 and Gillott 170.

Recommended by Eleanor Winters in her Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (B1109) for beginners and professionals because they "provide fine line quality without being too fragile." Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.

The nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers. The nib is also available in a longer-writing Ink Cage version.

Discounted quantity prices at 10 and at 144.




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N118. Zebra G Nib
Zebra Nib.

Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. If you are using the Nikko G but would like to be able to write with thinner hairlines and thicker strokes, give these nibs a try. Michael Sull still recommends the Nikko G nib as best for learning Spencerian, but this Zebra G Nib is a good one, too, for Spencerian.

Which holders will work with this nib?
https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Zebra

Just wanted to let you know about my experience with the ZEBRA G nibs: Santa was very generous to me this year and I got a dozen. I pulled the nibs out to play with this weekend and I have found my new love. I used the nib with Walnut Ink and the hairlines, so thin, so smooth, with a light touch and the nib skated effortlessly across the page. I really enjoyed working with this nib. If you haven't had the chance to try this nib out yet, it's worth the couple of bucks. I haven't tried any of my other inks, but I will be doing that this week. So far, I'm loving these nibs. Don't know if they are workhorses yet - I only had them a few days. - Ilovepenmanship

I love them too. The nibs are great with the iron gall inks because the ink does not eat the nib as fast. Great hairlines and just enough flex for shades. Much thanks to John Neal for these!!! - Nan DeLuca



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N111. Hiro 111EF Nib
We've had multiple, enthusiastic requests for the HIRO 111EF nib and are now importing it from Britain. Fairly stiff, smooth point.


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I29. Classic Ziller Glossy Black Ink
Classic Ziller Glossy Black Ink.

The original Ziller Glossy Black Ink in powder form returns. A favorite for pointed pen for years, this ink is unsurpassed for copperplate, Spencerian, and off-hand flourishing, with fine hairlines and brilliant shading. Add boiling water to the neck of the jar and mix well by stirring. (Do not shake.) Stir before each use. For pointed pen with a steel nib.
Non-waterproof. Makes 1oz.

Hints for using I29 Ziller Classic Glossy Black Powdered Ink



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