Oblique Penholders

Oblique Penholders

Oblique Penholders

The Oblique Penholder (Oblique Calligraphy Pen) is the standard tool (for right-handers) for Copperplate Script, Engrosser's Script, Spencerian Script, and Modern Calligraphy. These are slanted scripts with thin upstrokes and thicker downstrokes. To create the thicks and thins of these scripts with changes of pressure, your nib must be parallel to the slant of the letters. The oblique penholder makes this much easier to achieve for right-handed scribes. This is accomplished by an extension, called a flange, which holds the nib offset from the staff of the penholder. The flange can be of plastic (Speedball) or of metal, usually brass. Ideally the flange holds the nib at a shallow angle to the paper in order to reduce the chance of catches and splatters on upstrokes. All the metal-flange oblique penholders below do this. Only the Speedball Plastic Oblique Penholder does not.

Not all left-handers use the same penholders for these scripts. Some use straight penholders, others the standard oblique penholder or the left-hand oblique holder.

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  • Michael Sull's Flange Adjusting Tool
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    Michael Sull's Flange Adjusting Tool

    Michael Sull

    $55.00
    S5004. Michael Sull's Flange Adjusting Tool. This flange-adjusting tool by Michael Sull is the answer to all your nib-fitting woes! This specially designed tool makes it easy to reshape a bent or misaligned flange or refit a flange for a fresh nib. Great...
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  • Ash Calligraphy Galaxy Penholder Ash Calligraphy Galaxy Penholder
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    Ash Calligraphy Galaxy Penholder

    Ash Calligraphy + Design

    $75.00
    H168. Ash Calligraphy Galaxy Penholder. Introducing the Galaxy Collection from Ash Calligraphy and Design — where sophistication meets creative utility. These gorgeous oblique holders are designed with meticulous craftsmanship, adorned with a...
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  • Ziller Teak Oblique, Slim
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    Ziller Teak Oblique, Slim

    Ziller

    $20.75
    H166. Ziller Teak Oblique, Slim. This classically styled, teak oblique has a slender waistline for those who prefer a narrower grip. Ziller has fitted this holder with a brass top screw for added flange stability. Fitted for the Nikko G, but compatible...
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  • Ziller Teak Oblique, Groovy
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    Ziller Teak Oblique, Groovy

    Ziller

    $22.00
    H165. Ziller Teak Oblique, Groovy. A light weight teak holder with just a touch of pizzazz! Ziller has fitted this holder with a brass top screw for added flange stability. Fitted for the Nikko G, but compatible with most standard pointed nibs...
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  • Ziller Teak Oblique, Natural
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    Ziller Teak Oblique, Natural

    Ziller

    $19.70
    H164. Ziller Teak Oblique, Natural. A streamlined oblique made of lightweight teak. Ziller has fitted this holder with a brass top screw for added flange stability. Fitted for the Nikko G, but compatible with most standard pointed nibs.Approximate...
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  • Zanerian Fine-Art Style Oblique Penholder Zanerian Fine-Art Style Oblique Penholder

    Zanerian Fine-Art Style Oblique Penholder

    H146. Zanerian Fine-Art Style Oblique Penholder.June 2022: Currently out of stock.This handsome new holder takes its inspiration from the classic Zanerian Fine Art penholder, replicating the wood-color sequence of the original. It uses Bloodwood for the...
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  • Wooden Oblique Holder with Adjustable Screw
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    Wooden Oblique Holder with Adjustable Screw

    Calligraphica

    $49.95
    H120. Wooden Oblique Holder with Adjustable Screw.This holder works with most all pointed nibs without further adjustments to the flange. Just rest your nib on the flat tray of the flange and tighten the screw with your fingers to secure the nib in place...
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    Turned Wood Oblique Pen Holder
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    Turned Wood Oblique Pen Holder

    John Neal Books

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    H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder / Oblique Nib HolderThe Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered...
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    Turned Oblique Holder With Rose Gold Flange
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    Turned Oblique Holder With Rose Gold Flange

    John Neal Books

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    H144. Turned Oblique Holder With Rose Gold FlangeThese beautiful, turned-wood holders have a special rose-gold colored metal flange to hold the nib. They are ideal for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed pen scripts. Choose from three styles.The...
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  • Translucent Swirl Oblique Penholder
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    Translucent Swirl Oblique Penholder

    John Neal Books

    $19.95
    H155. Translucent Swirl Oblique Penholder. These bright, eye-candy penholders each combine swirls of one color and iridescence with a different, lighter-hue base. They are awe-inspiring, and not shy at all! The color swirls vary in each holder -- no two...
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  • Tom's Studio Flourish Curve Oblique
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    Tom's Studio Flourish Curve Oblique

    Tom's Studio

    $127.00
    H161. Tom's Studio Flourish Curve Oblique Penholder.You can now park the pliers and say sayonara to screws. Instead all you need to do is place your favourite nib in the holder, twist and you'll be back to flourishing in a flash! Tom's Studio's uniquely...
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  • Tom's Studio Flourish Carrot Oblique
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    Tom's Studio Flourish Carrot Oblique

    Tom's Studio

    $90.00
    H160. Tom's Studio Flourish Carrot Oblique.The new Flourish Carrot from Toms Studio was designed for those who like a compact pen holder and a lovely curved body for improved grip and stability. It takes all the best features from my the beloved Flourish...
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  • Thick Wood Oblique Pen Holder (Carrot Style)

    Thick Wood Oblique Pen Holder (Carrot Style)

    John Neal Books

    H148. Thick Wood Oblique Pen Holder (Carrot Style) These short, turned hardwood penholders have a thicker (chunkier) grip and the standard brass oblique flange. If you or your students have arthritis or joint problems, you may find these thicker pen...
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    5/8in (Thicker) Century Oblique Penholder
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    5/8in (Thicker) Century Oblique Penholder

    Turn of the Century

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    H52. 5/8" Century Oblique Pen Holder.Joe Vitolo has modified the design of the Century Oblique Holder. The thicker holder may reduce hand fatigue.These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar...
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  • 5/8in (Thicker) Adjusted Century Oblique Penholder
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    5/8in (Thicker) Adjusted Century Oblique Penholder

    Turn of the Century

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    H54. 5/8" Century Oblique Pen Holder.These gorgeous, turned-wood penholders have a metal flange to hold the nib and are ideal for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed pen scripts. This thicker version (designed by Joe Vitolo) may reduce hand...
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  • Tamblyn-Style Oblique Penholder

    Tamblyn-Style Oblique Penholder

    H149. Tamblyn Style Oblique Penholder.This beautiful new holder takes its inspiration from an original Tamblyn penholder, with the finial modeled directly from his design. The staff is slightly smaller in diameter than the Magnusson Style holder (H142)...
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  • Screws for Blackwell Holders (pack of 10)
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    Screws for Blackwell Holders (pack of 10)

    John Neal Books

    $2.50
    H48. Screws for Blackwell Holders (pack of 10). These brass screws are replacements for your Blackwell holder. These are a bit longer than the screw included with the holders. Pack of 10 screws, 1/4" length November 2022: We have updated the sku from S50...
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  • Round Needle Nose Pliers
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    Round Needle Nose Pliers

    John Neal Books

    $7.95
    S586. Round Needle Nose Pliers. 4.5". Joe Vitolo uses these pliers to quickly adjust the brass flange of an oblique holder to fit specific nibs and to adjust the angle of the nib to the paper.
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    Retro-styled Thick Oblique Holder
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    Retro-styled Thick Oblique Holder

    John Neal Books

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    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...
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  • Reservoir for H143 Adjustable Holder
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    Reservoir for H143 Adjustable Holder

    Calligraphica

    $4.75
    H143-R. Reservoir for H143 Adjustable Holder. This handy accessory allows the nib to hold 3-4 times more ink than the nib alone! It is attached to the backside of the flat-tray flange and works with almost any nib. The reservoir is specific to this...
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