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Copperplate

Copperplate is a general term for a family of styles which grew out of classic italic in the 17th and 18th centuries. Spencerian, a similar lettering style, developed in North America and by 1860 was taught as standard handwriting in schools. Copperplate and Spencerian are among the most elegant of hands. They are different from other calligraphy styles as they use pressure to produce lines of varying width.The use of an oblique nib, or straight nibs in an oblique penholder, enable the writer to keep the nib pointed in the direction of the slant while maintaining a comfortable writing position. Use of the oblique penholder means a variety of nibs can be used.
Copperplate Sampler

Copperplate Sampler

Illustration from the Speedball Textbook 23rd Edition and shows use of the Speedball Oblique Penholder.

How to choose Copperplate nibs


Copperplate Pen Holder

The rules of calligraphy are always broken by somebody (often with great success) but general guidance for beginners would be:

Right-handed calligraphers - use an oblique pen holder as this helps to hold the pen at the correct angle for copperplate writing and also gives you a wide choice of nibs; Or a straight penholder with the Mitchell Copperplate nib (though this choice restricts you to this single nib).

Left-handed use a straight penholder because your arm and hand are already at (or near) the correct angle.


Copperplate nibs

There is no 'best nib' for Copperplate or Spencerian writing. I normally advise beginners to buy a selection of nibs to try as the most suitable nib for any individual is a very personal choice. All the flexible nibs suitable for Copperplate vary in their size, flexibility and strength (pressure required). One person's favourite nib might be unsuitable for someone else. One unbreakable rule is to be ruthless is discarding nibs that have begun to wear as they will never again produce the fine hairlines that distinguish this style of writing.

Copperplate Lessons

Copperplate Lessons

IAMPETH - International Asscociation of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting for an invaluable resource on all sorts of pen themes including online media for Copperplate & Spencerian script. Check it out...


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Copperplate Nib Selection Teak Penholder

Copperplate Nib Selection Teak Penholder

Price: 30.00

Copperplate Nib Selection Redwood Penholder

Copperplate Nib Selection Redwood Penholder

Price: 30.00

Copperplate Nib Selection

Copperplate Nib Selection

Price: 25.00

Budget Copperplate Nib Selection

Budget Copperplate Nib Selection

Price: 15.00

Nikko G-Pen

Nikko G-Pen

Price: 2.00

Nikko G-Pen 10 nibs in FREE nib tin

Nikko G-Pen 10 nibs in FREE nib tin

Price: 18.00

Zebra G-Nib

Zebra G-Nib

Price: 2.00

Zebra G Pen 10 nibs in FREE nib tin

Zebra G Pen 10 nibs in FREE nib tin

Price: 18.00

Zebra 'G' Nib Titanium

Zebra 'G' Nib Titanium

Price: (4 or fewer items) 4.25 Price: (5 to 9 items) 3.59 Price: (10 or more items) 3.00

Tachikawa G nib

Tachikawa G nib

Price: 1.70

Leonardt G nib

Leonardt G nib

Price: 0.70

Mitchell Copperplate Nib

Mitchell Copperplate Nib

Price: 0.90

EF Principal Copperplate Nib

EF Principal Copperplate Nib

Price: 2.35

10 EF Principal Nibs with FREE nib tin

10 EF Principal Nibs with FREE nib tin

Price: 20.00
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Leonardt Copperplate 1: Crown Nib No 41

Leonardt Copperplate 1: Crown Nib No 41

Price: (4 or fewer items) 0.80 Price: (5 to 9 items) 0.75 Price: (10 or more items) 0.70

Leonardt Shorthand Nib No 40

Leonardt Shorthand Nib No 40

Price: (4 or fewer items) 0.75 Price: (5 to 9 items) 0.70 Price: (10 or more items) 0.65

Leonardt Copperplate 2:Point Nib No 111

Leonardt Copperplate 2:Point Nib No 111

Price: (4 or fewer items) 0.95 Price: (5 to 9 items) 4.00 Price: (10 or more items) 7.50

Wooden Oblique Penholder - Teak

Wooden Oblique Penholder - Teak

Price: 16.50

Wooden Oblique Penholder - Redwood

Wooden Oblique Penholder - Redwood

Price: 16.50

Speedball Oblique Penholder

Speedball Oblique Penholder

Price: 2.40

Speedball Oblique Penholder with Metal Grip

Speedball Oblique Penholder with Metal Grip

Price: 11.50

Brause 66 EF Extra Fine Nib

Brause 66 EF Extra Fine Nib

Price: 1.25

Brause Steno 361 Copperplate Nib (aka Blue Pumpkin)

Brause Steno 361 Copperplate Nib (aka Blue Pumpkin)

Price: 1.10

Brause 'Rose Nib' No76

Brause 'Rose Nib' No76

Price: 1.70

Gillott 404

Gillott 404

Price: 0.79

Gillott 303

Gillott 303

Price: 0.79

Gillot 170

Gillot 170

Price: 0.79

Hunt 22B

Hunt 22B

Price: 1.66

Hunt 56 School Pen

Hunt 56 School Pen

Price: 1.66

Hunt 99 Drawing Pen

Hunt 99 Drawing Pen

Price: 1.66

Hunt Imperial 101

Hunt Imperial 101

Price: 1.66

Hunt 103 Mapping Pen

Hunt 103 Mapping Pen

Price: 1.66

Iron Gall Ink 30ml

Iron Gall Ink 30ml

Price: 5.50

Two jars Iron Gall Ink with Free Principal EF nib

Two jars Iron Gall Ink with Free Principal EF nib

Price: 10.50

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