Blackwell Wood Holder

Item Code: H50


H50. Blackwell Oblique Pen Holder

A remarkably simple design that holds most pen points for Spencerian and Copperplate. Finely crafted wood holder with a sturdy brass oblique arm. This penholder is designed to hold the nib at a less steep slant angle for ease of upstrokes. Also available with a plastic holder. Works with small nibs such as the Brause 66EF and almost all other nibs. Color of wood will vary.

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

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JNB Item Code: H50
Item Name: Blackwell Wood Holder
Grip Diameter (mm): 9.5
Grip Diameter (inches): 0.374
Length (cm): 15.7
Length (in): 6.2
Weight (gm): 11.3
Weight (oz): 0.4
Staff Material: Wood
Staff Shape: Straight
Nib Hold: Metal flange

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A great penholder
Aug 26, 2012  |  By Ching Lin
It's a great pen holder, one of the best I've ever used, except for its appearance--far from elegant, to some extent, ugly. The design is simple but useful. I can put almost any kind of nibs in this holder in always the same rotation angle. Well, the screw should be treated carefully. I lost it in my pouch once. And I think it hard to get a replacement. (We do offer replacemnt screws for a small fee. --Michael @ JNB)

Blackwell Wood Oblique
Feb 11, 2014  |  By JY Han
My most used oblique holder. Changing nibs is super fast and it's easy to clean since there isn't a folded sheet of brass to trap any ink in case I over-dip. The balance is ever so slightly nib heavy because of the solid brass arm, but it's not enough to bother me. I like the minimalistic look and the diameter. I feel the brass arm could have been cut a little more precisely, since the corner where the nib rests was cut a little too deeply, and nibs won't sit completely straight. It may be a little unreasonable of me to expect machine like precision on a handmade hold though. Other than that nitpick, I'm happy with this holder.

My favorite holder
Jun 20, 2019  |  By SANDRA AUSTIN
This pen holder is pricey and somewhat unattractive--especially compared to the lovely assortment of pen holders available in every conceivable material today--so it took me awhile to "bite the bullet" and finally buy one. I'm so glad I did! The ease of changing nibs and not ruining any more "Ink cage" nibs far outweigh those negatives for me. (I only use the "Ink cage" nibs, and I'd already ruined a few trying to insert them into my other oblique holders, but there is no such issue with the Blackwell holder.) I must admit I have lost a few nibs into the ink, due to looseness of the screw which holds the nib in place, but this was entirely my fault for not tightening it enough. Bonus: for the asking, JNB sent me a small supply of those screws at no charge with my next order. Also, I tend to have a heavy hand, but the "feel" of this pen holder is very substantial. It's really worth every cent and it's the only holder I use now.

Blackwell Wood Holder
Dec 18, 2020  |  By Helena Sheusi
The best pen ergonomically. Very easy to mount nib and very secure, but you have to make sure it is flush.

The best and only oblique holderI use
May 20, 2021  |  By SarahJane
This is simply the best oblique holder. I use it with with a range of the "cage nibs" and love it! It's my go-to and workhorse pen!

Oct 1, 2021  |  By Blaire
I love this pen holder. It has made my work much easier since I don't have to constantly readjust my flanges. I also find that by making sure I keep my flange clean from ink it helps with keeping my screws from getting stuck.

Love it!
Nov 8, 2021  |  By Patti B.
I have other oblique pens, but I really like the way this pen holds the nib, I feel like it is able to let the nib do what it is supposed to do because it tightens it from the side and not in the middle! I also like the metal tip at the end of the wood, it is easier to keep clean. Writes very nice (used both Nikko G and Brausse nibs in it so far).

A New Discovery
Feb 24, 2022  |  By James Shaffer-Bauck
Very good quality writing instrument. I have not used an oblique penholder before, so am discovering how it feels and works, and the feel of this item is quite comfortable. Looks very professional, also. The green finial is an excellent accent against the brass collar.
Owner Response: The Blackwell Wood Holder is handcrafted in the United States. A plastic staff version is also available--just as functional, but not as fine as the Wood staff one.