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JAMES FAJARDO
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JAMES FAJARDO

I’ve always wondered how they got the shades to fall that way and in those places. Thanks for the explanation. Is there a calligrapher out there doing roundhand with this cut nib or getting the same classic look with a pointed pen retouched meticulously?

AAAndrew
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AAAndrew

Even back in the day of quills, very few people were skilled at cutting and mending them. As steel pens became more common, one constant refrain in their favor was how much everyone hated mending pens, and how practically no one was really skilled at it. And people went through a lot of them. I have a document that discusses the use of quills, patent and steel pens by the Bank of England in the 19th-century. The BoE kept meticulous records of supplies ordered and used (as you would expect of bankers), so there are tons of statistics. They mark… Read more »