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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 Illustration from the Speedball Textbook 23rd Edition and shows use of the Speedball Oblique Penholder.
IAMPETH - International Asscociation of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting

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Nikko G-Pen Nikko G-Pen  New
The Nikko G nibs are hand cut, extremely smooth and long lasting Japanese nib. They are chrome plated and have a medium flex. Smooth writing with no scratching. Highly recommended for Copperplate and Spencerian. Extremely popular.
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Zebra G-Nib Zebra G-Nib  New
A Japanese nib which is very similar to the popular Nikko G Nib but slightly more flexible and sharper. A finer hairline than the Nikko but the same sturdy quality. Good for Copperplate and Spencerian script. Reviewed as "so thin, so smooth with a light touch the nib skated effortlessly across the page".

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Tachikawa G nib Tachikawa G nib
The Tachikawa G nib is ideal for drawing thick to thin lines. Use for Manga drawing but also good for Copperplate and Spencerian scripts
Price:    1.20


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Mitchell Copperplate Nib Mitchell Copperplate Nib
The Mitchell Copperplate nib is angled and constructed to enable the user to write more easily at the normal copperplate angle. Fits any standard penholder.
Price:    0.99


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EF Principal Copperplate Nib
The EF Principal, a new nib especially developed by Manuscript, in association with Brian Walker, based on the vintage No1 Principality nib is the perfect nib for Spencerian and Copperplate scripts. Use with Speedball Oblique Penholder.
Normal retail 2.69


Price:    2.35


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EF Principal Copperplate Nib
Leonardt Copperplate 1: Crown Nib No41 Leonardt Copperplate 1: Crown Nib No41
A fine nib specially suited to Copperplate writing.
Price:    0.80


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Leonardt Shorthand Nib No40 Leonardt Shorthand Nib No40
Very flexible nib. Blue finish.
Price:    0.75


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Leonardt Copperplate 2:Point Nib No 111 Leonardt Copperplate 2:Point Nib No 111
Suitable for small Copperplate writing. Nickel finish.
Price:    0.90


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Speedball Oblique Penholder
Speedball Oblique Penholder - for Copperplate. Use with Mitchell 303, 404, 170, Brause 361, or Principal.
Price:    2.20


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Speedball Oblique Penholder
Brause 66 EF Extra Fine Nib Brause 66 EF Extra Fine Nib
Brause 66 Extra Fine Copperplate nib

Price:    1.25


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Brause No76 'Rose Nib' Brause No76 'Rose Nib'
Brause Rose Nib is based on a vintage design. Super flexible but strong, fine point with embossed rose.
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Price:    1.80


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Gillott 404 Gillott 404
Variable line width with pressure. A good choice for fine hairlines without being too fragile. For Copperplate use with Speedball Oblique penholder.

Price:    0.73


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Gillott 303 Gillott 303
Extra Fine drawing or writing nib. A little softer and more flexible than the 404. Produces variable line width with pressure. Excellent for Copperplate Script - use with Speedball Oblique penholder.

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Gillot 170 Gillot 170
The finest of the three Gillott pens. Flexible and good for drawing and hatching.

Price:    0.73


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Hunt 22B
Similar to Gillott 303 but needs a little more pressure
Price:    1.58


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Hunt 22B
Hunt 56 School Pen
The Hunt 56 is like the Gillott 404
Price:    1.58


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Hunt 56 School Pen
Hunt 99 Drawing Pen
Medium flexibility requiring a lighter pressure
Price:    1.58


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Hunt 99 Drawing Pen
Hunt Imperial 101
The Hunt Imperial 101 is a larger pen but is very flexible.
Price:    1.58


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Hunt Imperial 101
Hunt 103 Mapping Pen
For delicate fine line work. Fits the oblique penholder.
Price:    1.58


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Hunt 103 Mapping Pen
Iron Gall Ink 30ml Iron Gall Ink 30ml
Blots Iron Gall Ink is carefully blended to a medieval recipe. It flows off the pen exceptionally well and makes exquisite hairlines and sharp detail in a distinctive dark velvety blue/black. In a wide neck jar for use with oblique pens.

A "MUST-HAVE" for copperplate.


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Two jars Iron Gall Ink with Free Principal EF nib

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Special Offer
Buy 2 Jars of Blots Iron Gall Ink for 10.00 get a FREE Principal EF Copperplate Nib worth 2.25.
Total price normally 12.75
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