Speedball Oblique Pen Set
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||0.52 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches|
About this item
- CREATE BEAUTIFUL COPPERPLATE AND SPECERIAN SCRIPTS - Designed for Copperplate and Spencerian scripts
- QUALITY, HAND-CRAFTED PEN POINTS - Includes (4) No. 101 Pen Points and (2) No. 103 Pen Points
- FLEXIBLE PEN POINTS - Provides maximum amount of control
- Also includes (1) Oblique Pen Holder
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Designed for copperplate and Spenserian Scripts. Includes four no. 101 Pen nibs, two no. 103 Pen points and one Oblique Pen holder.
From the manufacturer
A Century of Fine Pen Making
Speedball's proud heritage for pen-making began in 1899, when the C. Howard Hunt Pen Company began manufacturing and distributing steel pens. Nearly two decades later, in 1913, Hunt sought to improve upon the functionality of the lettering tools of the day and joined forces with master letterers Ross F. George and William H. Gordon in 1913 to contrive and perfect a nib with a reservoir. It was nicknamed “Speedball” because of the efficiency of the pen, which cut working time in half.
Since that time, the Speedball name has become synonymous with high-quality pen nibs. In addition, Speedball now proudly manufactures a suite of complementary products. From pen holders to dip inks & cleaners to calligraphy markers and fountain pens, Speedball offers the broadest range of supplies designed specifically for your drawing & lettering works.
Whether you prefer a broad edge nib or are a pointed pen enthusiast, Speedball manufactures a nib that is precisely-crafted to suit your needs. Our commitment to quality is evident in every nib that is created in our plant in North Carolina. Utilizing the same historically proven processes specifically catered to each individual nib’s design, Speedball takes painstaking measures to ensure that each of our nibs meets even the most discerning standards. In addition to the highly-trained team that is responsible for making your Speedball nib, we have a dedicated member of our Speedball family that hand-inspects all nibs, one by one, that passes through production. That way, our valued artists never have to worry about their writing experience ahead when using a trusted Speedball nib.
Hand Crafted in the United States from the Finest Steel Since 1899
Patented in 1913 and introduced two years later, the A-Series nib is where it all started for Speedball. Its unique multi-purpose design allows artists to create a variety of strokes with just a flip of the pen. The A-Series is ideal for any Gothic or Monoline lettering style that has lines of uniform width with a squared finish.
The B-Series nib made its debut in the 2nd edition of The Speedball Textbook in 1916. Like the A-Series, the B-Series has a bent end to form a “shoe” that can easily produce a uniform width line. Unlike its counterpart, the Speedball B-Series nib has a rounded finish that makes it ideal for creating sans serif letters without thick and thin lines.The B-Series is perfect for creating a variety of monoline lettering, drawn letters (e.g. Versals) and “built-up” letters, such as the Double Stroke Poster Roman.
The third addition to the Speedball series of pen nibs, the C-Series, was introduced in 1918 in the 4th This series features a traditional broad edge nib with a great degree of flexibility. Our most popular of the three broad edge offerings, the C-Series nib is meant to be held at a constant angle throughout the creation of any traditional calligraphic alphabet (with minor variations needed, depending upon the lettering style). This consistent angle gives the lettering artist the desired thick and thin strokes usually associated with broad edge calligraphy, such as Roman, Carolingian, Uncial, Italic, Gothicized Italic, Blackletter or Neuland.edition of The Speedball Textbook.
Flexible Pen Points are offered in a range of widths and varying degrees of stiffness to provide artists with the maximum amount of control. Speedball's Pointed and Crow Quill nibs are ideal for drawing, sketching, lettering and cross-hatching.
|Calligraphy Collector's Set||Signature Series Pen & Ink Set||Oblique Pen Set||Pen & Ink Set||10-Pen Nib Assortment||Sketching Pen Set|
|Broad-Edged Nibs||A5, B6, C2, C3||A2, A5, B0, B1, B3, B4, B5, C1, C3, C5|
|Pointed Pen Nibs||#101, #102, #512, #512EF||#513EF||#101, #103||#102||#99, #56, #102, #107, #108, #512|
|Standard Pen Holder||✓||✓||✓|
|Oblique Pen Holder||✓||✓|
|Crow Quill Pen Holder||✓||✓||✓|
|Super Pigmented Acrylic Ink||Black, Red, Blue||Gold, Silver||Black|
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For the nibs, I definitely use the 101 the most. It creates think downstrokes and very thin hairlines. The other nib (I believe its a 103) I don't use as often, but it certainly allows you to create tiny writing (I just don't have as much of a need for). As any experienced user will know, make sure to clean the nibs off well for oils. If you have not used nibs before, you will NEED to cleans the nibs off well before. I typically will spend about 2 minutes straight rubbing the nib with acetone using a q-tip (lightly so fibers don't get caught).
Updated Review: I changed my rating from 0 to 3 stars. One nib was defective and I rated the product from my bad experience with that one flawed nib (I was extremely annoyed). I tried two other nibs and it wrote better. I agree that this is a good beginners pen set. I would have given it a 4 star but for that faulty nib.
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I would not recommend these nibs for an absolute beginner as most will be a little too heavy handed to get the best from them. Having said that if you treat with a very light touch, there is no reason why you can't use them as a beginner. I would recommend this set anyway for beginners as you get the oblique nib holder included, into which you can put more beginner friendly 'G' nibs in, and when you are more used to using nibs you will have the 101's to try out.
I bought some Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Ink Dip Pen Nibs - G Pen Style, which are awesome and work well with this holder.