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Old 01-24-2012, 06:10 AM
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Beginner nibs problems

Wanted to start this fascinating art, so i bought a Winston & Newton calligraphy set with 5 nibs and i see now that only one nib has a resevoir attached to the bottom...does this mean that i have to remove it and mount on others to use them?
I tried to use the nibs without reservoir , result is just a big splash of ink on the paper
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:53 PM
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

Yes, you need the reservoir under the nib to hold the ink. You can buy these fairly cheaply if you switch nibs frequently. Its recommended that one learns with a broad nib (2mm) so you can see the line variation clearly and the strokes are long enough to show you the letter forms. Once mastered you can easily produce the same script at different sizes.

The lessons pinned at the top of this forum are superb. Pick a hand and have a go at it, it might take some time but you'll be having fun from day one.

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:32 PM
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

Thanks a lot salman, i was afraid to break something, but now i see that the change is possible..just wonder why W&N didn't put 5 nibs with a reservoir each in a so nice set...i will try now to have a good flowing stroke (i washed the nibs but the flow is so so), can't wait to start the lessons
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

You can make extra reservoirs using the metal from a drinks can and a pair of scissors - use the reservoir you've got as a template.
I find these reservoirs really good because the metal is soft so they don't have a vice-like grip on the nib (which can cause poor flow of ink). Plus they're free so you don't feel so bad if you accidentally wash one down the sink!
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

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You can make extra reservoirs using the metal from a drinks can and a pair of scissors - use the reservoir you've got as a template.
I find these reservoirs really good because the metal is soft so they don't have a vice-like grip on the nib (which can cause poor flow of ink). Plus they're free so you don't feel so bad if you accidentally wash one down the sink!
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

Another consideration is the ink you are using. For a long time I was frustrated by nibs that wouldn't flow at all, or flowed too much. I tried to fix it by changing reservoirs, when in fact, all I needed was the correct ink. In my opinion, if you're learning to use a dip pen, you should probably start with an ink like Higgins Eternal. It's a pretty easy ink to use with lots of different nibs.

If you find your ink globbing down, try a different ink, or put a little bit in a shot glass or other dish and try watering it down bit by bit. These little changes in your ink will really change how a nib works.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:34 PM
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Re: Beginner nibs problems

Quite agree. I found it very surprising how much water you can add to a good black ink (such as Higgins) before it goes grey.
I keep a couple of small stones in the bottom of my Higgins ink - helps stir the sediment back in when you give it a shake before using it (and if you can't hear the stones, you knoe the sediment is particularly gloopy!)
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