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    Default Re: Dip nibs and caligraphy

    As I said I intend to try and learn Copperplate and cursive Italic. I am waiting on some books but cant wait so I decided to practice making the form of the Italic letters. I dont have any dip nib or holders yet so I am using my Lamy with a 1.5 italic fitted. Seems to work OK but the dip italic nibs will be better.
    The square dip nibs may be better than the Lamy nib, but that doesn't necessarily hold for all fountain pen nibs. Recently I acquired a set of six Osmiroid 65 nibs ranging from fine to 2.3mm. All are italic, and all are really crisp. The thing is, the Osmiroid 65 nibs fit straight into an Esterbrook body, and that's what I am doing! Osmiroid nibs are still quite cheap (mine cost $20 for the set).

    Anyway, I have yet to try any dip nib italics, nearest being my Jackson Stubs (Esterbrook #442), but I hear that a good way to go is the Mitchell Roundhand Square nibs (funny name I know) that can also be found on PaperInkArts and other places.

    Great link by the way. I am on Flourish now but I haven't had much time to explore yet.

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    Default Re: Dip nibs and caligraphy

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    Hey Laurie, do you already have DR. Joe Vitolos book from the App Store?
    No I didnt realise it was there I will have a look. Thanks for the hint. I did read something of his when I googled. I check to see if it is the same
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    [QUOTE=Laurie;135163]
    Quote Originally Posted by Special K View Post
    Hey Laurie, do you already have DR. Joe Vitolos book from the App Store?
    No I didnt realise it was there I will have a look. Thanks for the hint. I did read something of his when I googled. I check to see if it is the same[/QUOTEthis book is awesome. It has so many videos in it. You will really enjoy this

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    Default Re: Dip nibs and caligraphy

    I noticed on the linked videos that the demonstrator doesn't give many directions for drawing guide lines. For italic writing she states that the X height should be 5 nib widths, but doesn't say anything about ascenders and descenders - which I believe should be 3 nib widths (happy to be corrected though).

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    Thx for thread!
    Last edited by ZakuzaLoopa; January 13th, 2023 at 10:11 AM.

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