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Milen Balbuzanov


More information about Milen Balbuzanov can be found here. www.calligraphymasters.com

(N204) Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib 
(H123) Retro-styled Thick Oblique Holder
(H129)  Dual Use Workshop Holder (Oblique + Straight)
(I70) Moon Palace Sumi Ink
(N02-S9) Brause Set of 9 Nibs 
(N208) Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen
(FP67-S) Set of 4 Pilot Parallel Pens
(FP132) Radius-cut Parallel Pen (Modified)
(FP134) Scroll Cut Parallel Pen (modified) 
(FP67) Pilot Parallel Pen 
(N118-10PK) Zebra G Nibs -- 10 pack 
(N118) Zebra G Nib
(N153) Zebra G Titanium Nib
(B4029) Irish Hand, The / O’Neill 
(B2769) Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
(B4102) Take Your Pleasure Seriously PB / Barcellona 
(B3377) Calligraphic Symphonies / Pott 
(S1013) Artograph LED LightPad LX 
(S1037) Slim LED Light Box 



N204. Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib
N204. Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib

The revolutionary Ink Cage is a reservoir for pointed pen nibs. It allows you to write or flourish much longer before re-dipping. The Ink Cage is sold permanently attached to the nib of your choice. It is not removable or reusable.

Choose nib:
Titanium Zebra G
Zebra G (steel)
Brause Rose
Nikko G
Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361)
Leonardt Principal EF
Hunt 101
Gillott 404
Brause 66EF


Click here for important cleaning instructions.


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H123. Retro-styled Thick Oblique Holder
H123. Retro-styled Thick Oblique Holder.
Approx. 1/2" dia. x 7" long.

This holder has the streamline design evocative of the mid-twentieth century. It is thicker than the regular turned wood holders, which is helpful for people with arthritis or joint problems. This penholder is great for those who like their pens a bit heavier.




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H129. Dual-Use Workshop Holder (Oblique + Straight)
H129. Dual Use Workshop Holder (Oblique + Straight)

This inexpensive holder serves as both a straight holder and an oblique holder! Just remove the flange to use as a straight holder. Perfect for workshops and beginners; we are happy to offer this exceptional holder at a very reasonable price.



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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 $5.95 (widemouth jar)
6.0 oz (180ml) $12.95
15 oz (450ml) $19.95
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L), only $75.00.
You save $54.95 (10 six ounce bottles cost $129.50).
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.



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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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N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen
N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen.

Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are designed with the traditional components of the tools already found on the market, with additional new features.

The lightness of the tool and its balance were prioritized, resulting in a comfortable grip and allowing for both fluid and gestural strokes.

Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are crafted in stainless steel with elastic properties, a material that has excellent strength and durability and that does not rust. It is easy to clean and provides lightness, flexibility and accuracy in strokes.

The wooden pen handles are handmade. The assembly of these pens is entirely manual, with the refinement and finishing done one by one to get the perfect fit. Varnish layers waterproof the handle and make the pens more durable and easier to clean.

Choose:
Aldus 2
Layla 4
Leeloo 5
Little Lie 3
Lollipop 6
Sofie 1




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FP67-S. Set of 4 Pilot Parallel Pens
Set of 4 Pens (each with 2 cartridges and a cleaning bladder) and a pack of 12 cartridges (one each of 12 colors).

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.

Set includes the four pens at right (1.5, 2.4, 3.8, 6.0) in the photo and 12 single cartridges, one of each color.

Pilot Parallel Pens Page




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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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FP132. Radius-cut Parallel Pen (Modified)
FP132. Radius-cut Parallel Pen
(Pilot does not make this pen.)

The 1.4mm, 2.4mm, and 6.0mm are currently out of stock. If you place an order for either of these sizes, it will be placed on backorder. We are expecting to have more available in 4-6 months.

This pen begins life as a Pilot Parallel Pen. Once our penmaker has worked his magic, the pen is cut to a radius (curved) shape. This allows the pressure on the stroke to effect the ink flow. Great for experimenting and gestural work. The pen works better on paper with a bit of tooth.


(Pilot does not warrant this modified pen, but we do!)

Select size: 3.8mm (11/29/2018: Limited stock available)


Click here for an alphabet written by Carol DuBosch with the Radius-cut Parallel Pen on Strathmore Charcoal Paper.

Click here to see sample writing by Coral Pearl.




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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 new 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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N118-10PK. Zebra G Nibs -- 10 pack
Zebra Nibs -- Pack of 10

Zebra G Nib. Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. 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.



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N153. Zebra G Titanium Nib
N153. Zebra G Titanium Nib

This nib is an upgrade from the Zebra G (steel) nib (N118), which is made of chrome-plated steel. The titanium version is said to have four times the endurance of the steel version.

Price breaks at 5 and 10 qty.



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B4029. Irish Hand, The / O’Neill
B4029. The Irish Hand: Scribes and their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times by Timothy O’Neill. 2014. 148pp. Approx. 11.75"x 9.25". Hardcover

This revised and expanded edition has high quality, full-color digital images of the works of Irish scribes throughout the centuries. (The original edition was in black & white.) The first part is a survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays and full-page images for thirty-one of the great books of Ireland. The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration. The second part surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail. Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the pen work. The Irish Hand covers 1,500 years of Irish script and letter design from the sixth to the twenty-first century.




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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.

Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.

In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.

Chapters include: Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered, with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.

Free Media Mail Shipping to USA addresses. If you need the book sooner, there will be a $3 rush ship charge added to your order. Media Mail generally takes upwards of 2 weeks or more to be delivered.

Reviews & Comments

Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.

Customers outside the USA

For AIRMAIL and SURFACE shipping to CANADA see see B2769-CANADA

For AIRMAIL with insurance shipping to other countries see <B2769-AIRMAIL

For shipping via SURFACE mail to other countries see B2769-SURFACE



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B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously PB / Barcellona
B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona. 2016. 240pp. 9"x13". Paper.

Features commissioned work and personal pieces in hundreds of images (many never before published) of the letters and letterwork of Luca Barcellona, an internationally known calligrapher, designer, and graffiti artist. He uses both historical letterforms and contemporary, original ones in striking and expressive compositions. Includes an interview by Chaz Bojórquez. Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola "DeeMo" Peressoni. Over 400 full-color illustrations. Luca's work was featured in Letter Arts Review issue 23-3.

The hardcover edition of Take Your Pleasures Seriously (B3870) is now out of print.



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B3377. Calligraphic Symphonies / Pott
Calligraphic Symphonies / Kalligrafische Sinfonien by Gottfried Pott. 2010. 224pp. 9.5 x 11.5. Hardcover.

To Gottfried Pott, calligraphy is visualized music; he composes fugues out of letters. Over 100 illustrations. Text in English and German.

Chapters include:
- History Is Important but Should Not Be the Objective
- Developments in the More Recent History of Lettering
- The Handwritten Form - a Treasure in Jeopardy
- Quality Takes Effort, Beauty Is the Reward
- No One Was Born with a Pen in Their Hand
- Encounters with Lettering that Were Meaningful to Me
- Fascination with Lettering - Immersion and Spontaneity
- Movement Made Visible - the Calligraphic Line
- The "Schreibmeisterbuch" A Letter Collection - Source and Impulses
- On the Value of Composing and Designing
- Looking at the Past Has Brought Me into the Present
- Playful Experimenting - a Prerequisite for Discoveries
- Calligraphy Means Creating Images from Letters

Click here to see more pictures of this book.




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S1013. Artograph LED LightPad LX
S1013. Artograph LED LightPad LX

A light box or table is an essential tool of the working calligrapher. Because it allows you to see guidelines though envelopes and even thick sheets of white/off-white paper, it is a great time-saver.

The new Artograph LightPad LX lets you take your light table with you or quickly and easily store it away. Bright LED technology allows the LightPad to shine brighter, run cooler & use less energy, and provide up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free creative brilliance. The brightness is easily adjusted, allowing you to use only the level of light needed. Sleek design, aluminum frame, 1/2" profile. One-year manufacturer's warranty. The LX lightpads are assembled in the USA!

Choose Sizes:
6x9
9x12
12x17
17x24

Sizes are illuminated area.

For the Pad Pucks, see item S910
(This item replaces old item number S762).




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S1037. Slim LED Light Box
S1037. Slim LED Light Box

This lightpad is only 5/16" thick and is great for on-site work at events and for travel (and in the studio). Three brightness levels. Its power cord has a micro USB connection for the lightpad and a regular USB connector to use with the included wall adaptor. If you don’t have a handy power outlet, you can plug the USB connector into your laptop and use its battery. 18-month warranty. Best of all, this lightpad is much less expensive than others on the market.

This item is out of stock. It is not know when (or if) it will be available again. If you would like to be notified when it is back in stock, add the item to your order. Your card will not be charged (note that the item is listed with a zero price). We will notify you when it is back and stock and what the price would be and see if you are still interested in the item. The current price is $65.03. The re-stocked price could be lower.

Choose Size: 9"x12"




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