[Scriptoris] Ultra Fine Calig markers or pens
dwhitney98 at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 7 09:15:56 PST 2011
If your going to shape metal nibs like this, you can get a very fine edge using a corrundum nail file - available for $10 at department stores.
This is similar to the corrundum blocks professional jewelers use to sharpen gravers for engraving on metal, which requires a very fine edge (but the cost is a lot less for the nail file). If you don't have access to that, you can try 1000 grit or finer sandpaper, but be warned that putting this on a buffing wheel would probably distort the shape you are going for.
The bifocal headset is ok (especially for detail work and if your going to be doing it for a while - I have 2 sets), but you could also use a jeweler's loupe (10x magnification) to check the nibs.
Silvius, unlettered, but knows a thing or two about metal and rocks
> From: eshc at earthlink.net
> Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:39:15 -0600
> To: scriptoris at lists.ansteorra.org
> Subject: Re: [Scriptoris] Ultra Fine Calig markers or pens
> Gentles, please be kind. You are reading advice from an amnesiac who
> doesn't even know which age she's in, much less the year!!
> When I needed a small nib, I would sometimes take a pointed pen nib
> (like Spencerian writers use) and shape it on a fine hone like knife
> blades are sharpened with as a next-to-the-final polishing. The steel
> nib was sharpened in the same way I did large (read "thick") quill
> ribs, including the bevel at the tip.
> The bevel and the angle the pen point is held when making a stroke is
> what makes the fine lines. (Please note: When I sharpened nibs, I
> used a double lens jewelers bifocal headset that I got at a gem show.
> It doubles as a nifty help as a splinter-getter-outer.)
> With those nibs, I have written Humanistic Minuscule in readable
> letters at 1/20th of an inch high. Some oldtimers may remember my
> small lettering in one body-of-work grouping I did some years back.
> Tiny writing was used of necessity in Period books called "sixteenmo".
> (Try this site for sizes: <http://cool.conservation-us.org/don/dt/
> dt0434.html> )
> I never had much luck honing down the markers. They just flayed out
> and made a mess.
> Besides all kinds of "found" feathers, I have also written with other
> tools shaped like quills are cut, Actually, it's kinda fun to see
> what I can make into a tool. I have used everything from tongue
> depressors and popsicle sticks and bamboo fence trimmings to dry
> twigs I picked up, used-up tea bags (mushy, cloud letters), and even
> sharpened fingernails! This doesn't count the reverse lettering for
> woodblock prints.
> Experimenting is very edifying even if it isn't SCA "Period".
> Besides, who's to say some monk high from the herb garden didn't try
> some weird tools on the sly himself!! ; - )
> HL Lete Bithespring, Steppes
> PS For those who obsess about "ye olde termes" for all kinds of
> On Dec 6, 2011, at 7:33 PM, Vyolante Oporto wrote:
> > Greetings unto the List!
> > I'm in need of some very very thin line producing calligraphy nibs,
> > pens, markers, whatever works!
> > I'm trying to do a bolder font in very small print and its just very
> > hard to read with a 1.3mm "Extra Fine" calig marker.
> > All referrals are appreciated.
> > Thanks,
> > Vyolante
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