I just bought a Lamy Safari for everyday use in school and all of that fun stuff.
However, I really want to learn more styles such as Copperplate and Spencerian.
From what I've heard: I need a pen with a flex nib.
My question to you all:
1. Which pen do you recommend that has a good nib with good flexibility for Copperplate? Dip pen or fountain pen? Please be specific
I am a student, so I have given my self a budget of 100$.
Thanks In Advance,
This is an old post and you probably have the answers for it. Just thought I would give my 2 bits as I started learning Copperplate about a month ago.
I live in India and have a very very tight budget too. :-) Most of my budget gets used up in the shippings costs.
As suggested, Johneals book stores has some great stuff for beginners (no affiliation)
I don't have any affiliation with any of the sites I have mentioned. I have got them from people in this forum and other google searches and found them to be wonderful for me.
I bought this:
K100-B. Copperplate Kit: Basic with Book
It comes with a holder, assortment of nibs, ink, instruction book and a pad of Layout Visual Bond paper.
My suggestions for starting on a budget with copperplate:
1) http://www.iampeth.c...copperplate.php had great information with videos on forming each letter
2) Practice initially on normal copy paper (80gsm or so) with the Nikko G nib, until you get a feel for the pressure and letter formation. Being on a budget, better paper is not an immediate option for me as shipping costs to India are between $25 to $40 and makes paper very very expensive for me.
3) It is a little difficult to use guideline sheets behind this as the paper is quite thick. You may want to print out the guides on the sheet itself or draw them with pencil
http://www.shipbrook.net/guidelines/ good site for printing guidelines
4) The Nikko G is more forgiving than the Gillot 303 or 404 included in the kit. This is mainly important for the upstrokes, as the nib tines snag on paper if the pressure is too much.
5) Once you have the feel for the nib and pressure (totally different from using fountain pens) you can try the Layout Bond sheet given in the Kit. Its a wonderful paper, thin and takes ink beautifully. Being thin, you can have guideline sheets behind it and makes life easier
Once you are comfortable with the stuff, you can buy individual nibs (the ones you like) and paper as you like.
This has all the stuff included in the Kit but can be bought individually and a reasonable price.
A very kind gentleman from this forum is sending me (free of cost ) a few sheets of different papers including Tomoe River paper. I will try those out and tell you how they are too.
A bit late posting this info, but I hope it helps.
Hope you enjoy copperplate. I am hooked on it now.
Edited by prasadvenkat, 20 April 2014 - 07:49.