Manuscript Starter Calligraphy set left handed
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Manuscript Starter Calligraphy set

Manuscript Starter Calligraphy set

(ref: 147) 11.95 / $19.60

An ideal introduction to Calligraphy, this set contains 3 nibs, 2 x black and 1 x red ink cartridge plus ink converter, full instructions and storage box.

Nib sizes:

  • Medium (1.1mm)
  • 2B (1.6mm)
  • 3B (2.2mm)
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How calligraphy pens are left-handed

The problems we have with a normal fountain pen nib scratching and digging into the paper are exagerated even more with calligraphy nibs that tend to be a lot wider. It is important that the nibs are cut off in the correct direction so that a left-hander can write with them and the end of the nib is flat on the paper. With a right-handed nib, we have to turn it sideways to make it write and end up with all the letter thicknesses the wrong way round!




How pens are left-handed

"How can a pen be left-handed?" is a question we hear all the time. Well, writing with a fountain pen can be a real problem for left-handers, as we are pushing the pen across the page rather than pulling it, which leads to difficulty with ink flow and the possibility of the nib digging into the paper. The problem is greatly alleviated by the use of a left-handed nib. Most of our pens have a rounded ball on the end of the nib that is machined to give smooth ink flow writing left-handed from almost any angle. Nibs are either fine or medium as stated in the product descriptions. Some people prefer a wider nib to produce italic script and will like our italic/oblique nib pens.

A lot of left-handers have a problem with smudging their work and if this is the case they may benefit from using a fine nib which puts less ink on the page, allowing it to dry faster.

Writing with a left-handed cartridge pen It is important to remember, however, that handwriting position is just as important as a well designed pen. For help with common handwriting problems, see our Handwriting Factsheet


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