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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    I was just blessed with the surprise arrival of a passle of Pennsylvania Railroad nibs. They will be an interesting experiment.

    jbb, what is your favorite ink for dip pens?

    Wait?! Does "Pennsylvania System" on some of those nibs refer to the Railroad or the penal method???? Hahaha, I thought the latter... which is funny because I have several other railroad nibs and know that was a "thing."

    My go-to dip pen ink is a mixture of homemade iron gall ink and the remnants of many other black inks that have gotten thrown together over the years. Iron gall ink lets you get nice thin lines but my homemade ink is never as black as I like, hence the additions. Occasionally I add more gum Arabic too for glossiness.
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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    ...I have several other railroad nibs...
    I just might be able to tweak them to prevent railroading.

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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    ...I have several other railroad nibs...
    I just might be able to tweak them to prevent railroading.
    haha
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    @JBB
    I am hunting FOR THE most rare " DREAM NIBS " So far I have few lucky ons. Never had a chance to find a MUSSELMANN but few ZANERIAN FINE WRITERs.
    I found a set of Joseph Guillott Principality it an special edition.
    These kind of nibs I never use just
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    Some of my recent ones in the collection.
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    Wow Cyril!!!!!! I love the handwriting in purple and the packaging of those nibs with its artwork!!!! WOW!!!
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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    I like black Quink for dip pens.

    Regarding the question about the difference between an Esterbrook nib and Esterbrook pen, it may have something to do with the fact that nibs used to be called pens, and nib holders were called pen holders.

    And moving right along, the next step is to learn to cut and use quills, as everyone who could write used to do for centuries. (Hint: the trick to writing with a quill is to use an EXTREMELY light touch, much lighter than for a metal pointed nib.
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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    I like black Quink for dip pens.

    Regarding the question about the difference between an Esterbrook nib and Esterbrook pen, it may have something to do with the fact that nibs used to be called pens, and nib holders were called pen holders.

    And moving right along, the next step is to learn to cut and use quills, as everyone who could write used to do for centuries. (Hint: the trick to writing with a quill is to use an EXTREMELY light touch, much lighter than for a metal pointed nib.
    Thanks for the info on quills.
    I tried it with iron gall/ walnut and some other "antique" dip pen inks and it took me sometime to get used to it... I was writing on a textured paper, which made it even more difficult to write with. I have some pre-cut quills, which for some reason write very wide lines, 1.5 mm.
    I read or saw somewhere, a recommendation when writing with quills one needs to write preferably on a slanted table, 30°. What are your thoughts on that?
    Also how can we achieve fine lines with quills?

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    Default Re: Fear of the Dip Pen Nib!

    Travelling in the US, New Zealand, and Ireland, I searched for dip-pen nibs and ended up with quite a few, eventually losing track of what was what. So I wrote test pages to remind me of the qualities of each nib.


    My consistent misspelling of Leonardt gives me a chuckle. Here are a couple shots of part of the collection.





    I've been using Windsor & Newton and Ziller inks.

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