Pens and Inks, Continued
Lettering nibs are pen points used primarily for lettering or calligraphy.
Some lettering nibs have hinged blades serving as ink reservoirs. Lettering
nibs are available for right- and left-handed artists. The difference is the
angle of the nib where it contacts the paper surface. Lettering nibs have five
basic shapes: the square, the round, the oblong, the oval, and the split nib.
The split-nibbed lettering pen is often called a spencerian nib after the
spencerian alphabet that it is particularly suited for creating.
Figure 1-19 shows five common lettering nib shapes.
Figure 1-19.Common lettering nib shapes.
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