My heart sinks when I see pens getting destroyed but even worse is that no amount of pleading or reasoning will change the behaviour or attitude. So many sellers are prepared to tell bare faced lies for a quick buck and people end up trying to flex manifold nibs that would have otherwise made for beautiful writers. But what I will never for the life of me understand is why people will throw down hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a pen after freely admitting that they tried dip nibs and were unable to write with them. There seems a weird disconnect that they are unable to piece together that if they can't use a flexible nib in a dip pen then using a flex nib in a pen won't somehow magically change that.
I have three or four wet noodles***....that I use for normal scribbling, in I do not practice.
I keep swearing I'm going to practice.
Some day I will.
***I have a Hunt 99-100&101, that make those wet noodles look uncooked. I've regular middle flexible dip pen nibs that flex more and as easy as a fountain pen wet noodle.
Proper use of any of those nibs, requires a calligraphy book, and practice.
There are some wonderful scripts in stiff italic nib writing, that may actually help before one gets too carried away with Spencerian.
Those who can really write in Spenserian, are more worried about speed of snap back than how fat a nib can be pushed.
Nail Bender seems happy with a dip pen nibbed fountain pen........as long as you have a supply of dip pen nibs it's a good way to go.
If you want your regular dip pen to write longer between dips, take some bees wax, fill in the bottom and make rills. When I saw that here on the com, thought that a great idea....went out and bought a beeswax candle..........still in the package.....
My italic book was of great help....any time I take a hammer and chisel, break open the dust rust shut book. It teaches me how to draw a letter. The pen and nib is of course held different, before the big knuckle and canted, but for right handers it's still a push pull method. One sees how the letter is best drawn.
Practice is the key.....and cheapest is dip pens.
But in the era of instant gratification, patience is a foreign word.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 03 March 2018 - 13:12.