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Old 02-20-2019, 08:08 AM
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G nib guide lines

Is there a suggested height of guide lines for writing with a G nib?
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:29 AM
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Re: G nib guide lines

After a bit of research and transliteration of nib sizes I went ahead and measured a G nib. I drew the widest line possible and measured it with a digital caliper. The results: 1.2 mm wide.

So, I started looking for premade guide sheets for this size and found nothing. Again, taking matters into my own hands I created my own guide sheets in CorelDraw. Three nib widths for the ascender and descender and 2 nib widths for the base for a 3:2:3 ratio. Slant lines are set at 55 degrees All this for Copperplate.

Photo shows the sheet in use, my El-Cheapo oblique holder with Zebra G nib, and my homemade ink well. Ink well is a 3" X 3" X 3" hickory cube cut with a hole for a 3/4" diameter Solo plastic cup with lid.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:26 AM
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Re: G nib guide lines

As they say 'necessity is the mother of invention'.... in your case, it looks like your inventiveness is coupled with some great skills...

I love the inkwell
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:07 AM
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Re: G nib guide lines

Thank you. I have only one more chunk of hickory. I'm still debating whether to cut it into smaller chips for grilling or trying another ink pot base.
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Re: G nib guide lines

Hi, Michael,

Unlike Broad pen nibs, guidelines for pointed pen nibs are predicated on the script itself, not the size or length of the nib. Nibs lengths/size has nothing whatsoever to do with the proportions of the guideline for pointed pen work.

First, determine the x height (space between the baseline and the top of the miniscule letter o or a. Then decide the length of the ascenders and descenders (usually between 1-2 times the x height).

You can find an excellent pointed pen guideline generator here:http://shipbrook.net/guidelines/
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Re: G nib guide lines

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Hi, Michael,

Unlike Broad pen nibs, guidelines for pointed pen nibs are predicated on the script itself, not the size or length of the nib. Nibs lengths/size has nothing whatsoever to do with the proportions of the guideline for pointed pen work.

First, determine the x height (space between the baseline and the top of the miniscule letter o or a. Then decide the length of the ascenders and descenders (usually between 1-2 times the x height).

You can find an excellent pointed pen guideline generator here:http://shipbrook.net/guidelines/


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