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    Default Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    I would love to take my pen to work and get in quick practice sessions when I've got a break. I'm not super impressed with the Pilot Parallel. It's not a bad pen, but the thin strokes are a touch too broad, in my opinion.

    I don't really want to have a dip pen set up in my workspace...

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    Pelikan 400 NN, OM nib

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    I have a variety of pens set with italic nibs, ranging from .8mm to 1.5 that I use quite regularly. Today I have a TWSBI Precision fitted with a 1.1 mm and it does well. I recently lettered some certificates for my school and used a Jinhao X750 fitted with a Goulet 1.5 mm nib. I regularly have a Lamy Safari with a 1.5 mm nib in my briefcase for just such occasion as well. I don't bring my Scheaffer calligraphy pens or Pilot Parallels with me very often, unless I have a dedicated lettering project to work on during my prep time.

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    Quote Originally Posted by countrydirt View Post
    I have a variety of pens set with italic nibs, ranging from .8mm to 1.5 that I use quite regularly. Today I have a TWSBI Precision fitted with a 1.1 mm and it does well. I recently lettered some certificates for my school and used a Jinhao X750 fitted with a Goulet 1.5 mm nib. I regularly have a Lamy Safari with a 1.5 mm nib in my briefcase for just such occasion as well. I don't bring my Scheaffer calligraphy pens or Pilot Parallels with me very often, unless I have a dedicated lettering project to work on during my prep time.
    How do you find the performance of the TWSBI and Goulet nibs compared to dip nibs? I love my Mitchell Roundhand nibs.

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    I've not used broad edged dip nibs, but I can compare them to dedicated broad edged calligraphy pens. Neither are as crisp, but with the slightly rounded corners are more comfortable to write with and are a bit more forgiving as far as angle. My newest TWSBI 1.1 mm is pretty crisp and looks almost as good as a F Sheaffer calligraphy nib. It is crisper than the Parallel 1.1 nib. but is a little smoother for cursive or joined up italic. The Goulet 1.5 is good as long as the ink is wet. The Jinhao feed/converter combo isn't the best flowing, so I have to turn the converter knob occasionally to keep a wet flow going. I'll try to take a couple of pictures tonight to show how they work for me.

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    Thanks for your input Countrydirt!

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    Here is a little writing sample. The widest thin line is the Parallel. The TWSBI 1.1 nibs are similar to the Sheaffer calligraphy pen size. The Goulet nib is nice, but it is not a calligraphy nib.

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    Default Re: Question: Favorite pen for practicing broad-edge calligraphy?

    Try a Lamy 1.9, it has slightly rounded edges and although is not as large a size as the Pilot Parallels start at, it is not so small a nib as to be hard work.

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