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#1 goodyear

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 22:51

Hello all.

I was browsing over Richard's site (a dangerous place, I fear, as bad as here) and looked at the description of Arabic/Hebrew nibs.

I was wondering if anyone had tried one for regular writing in the Roman alphabet - I just have a vague curiosity as to what it'd look like.

Anyone have one and care to post a scan?

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 02:21

I second that call.I would really love to see a scan.
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 02:26

I (3rd? is that a word) that! What the heck is it, and how does it differ from a normal stub... If i get a good reply from Richard or someone, I see a nib being transformed at Phily...

#4 amh210

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 03:46

I have one (not a Binder, but a commercial Arabic nib from Pakistan on a Hero pen).

I'd have to find it and ink it and learn how to scan or photo it. I'll try to accomodate over the next few days.

Such a nib is designed to write a broad horizontal stroke and a narrower vertical stroke, just opposite a regular italic nib.

You can approximate the look by writing sideways with the pen, so you have broad horizontals and narrow verticals.

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Edited by amh210, 17 January 2007 - 03:47.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:11

For a right handed person, using an Osmiroid left-handed italic gives the same effect as an Arabic style nib. They come in a fine and medium size, the fine being a little harder to handle. To write with it (right-handed), the nib is rotated so that the narrow edge is aligned vertically in relationship to the page, rather than the horizontal orientation of a stub or italic nib. If you are ever at Susan Wirth's table at a pen show and see an Esterbrook with a cap in a different color than the barrel, it is likely to be one of these Osmiroid nibs. Susan calls them "crooked finger" nibs, for reasons that are apparent as soon as you see one.

The advantage of these nibs is that you can use them in your Estie. The disadvantage is that they are not easy to find and can be almost expensive as a Binder grind, but perhaps not as fun as getting a freshly ground nib. For myself, I love these nibs and have a few I'm hoarding!

Here's a photo of the nib and the writing it produces:


best, Dan

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:08

I don't have an Arabic nib, but I have these folded-tipped nibs that are folded in a way that imitates an Arabic nib.

They add a nice expressiveness to my writing, that is subtly different from conventional stubs or italics smile.gif I may add a sample using that nib later on..

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:23

I'm intrigued, and wondering if a steel one from Richard (keeping the whim cheaper) might be worth a punt for laughs once I finally get a Pel...

I'd forgotten all about the crooked Osmiroid nibs. When I was a kid, my first FPs were a cheap Osmirioid calligraphy set my parents bought me that had one that shape in it. I never inked it, though. That set is now long gone so I can't even go and dig it out and try...
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Posted 18 January 2007 - 01:21

QUOTE(goodyear @ Jan 16 2007, 10:51 PM)
Anyone have one and care to post a scan?


First you'd have to *kof* donate a nib to me ... then I'd be happy to show off a variety of alphabets.

(I imagine it would be lovely with this: http://www.nb.no/bas...4/4.4/ms574.jpg) But to be honest, I think they were originally written with a fairly ordinary nib.

Yours,
Kushana

Edited by Kushana, 18 January 2007 - 01:22.