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Beginning artists as well as experienced calligraphers can enjoy using these sets of precision-cut, interchangeable nib pens. Both sets include a variety of nibs, ink cartridges, and a converter for use with bottled ink.
This set contains five interchangeable, precision-cut nibs, ink cartridges, a converter for use with bottled ink, and an instruction leaflet.
This set contains six nib sections with gilt calligraphy nibs encompassing all traditional point widths. Also included are ink cartridges, an ink converter for use with bottled ink, and an instruction leaflet.
Ink Refills, Set of 30
This set includes 30 assorted short ink cartridges in a variety of colors, contained in a handy plastic storage box.
Masterclass Calligraphy Set
The set includes the following materials: 2 Fountain pens, 12 Ink cartridges, 4 Nibs (Medium, 2B, 4B, and Scroll), Practice pad, 3 Ruled guideline sheets, Letter-by-letter instruction manual.
Classic Set, 5 nibs
Deluxe Set, 6 nibs
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Work better than many brands
Comments about Manuscript Calligraphy Sets:
This is one of two pens I would recommend out of all Blick's calligraphy pen sets, the other being rOtring. I have had this set from several years and it is fairly good. I do not have experience with the larger set with gold nibs.This set is well designed and comfortable to hold, which is a big deal for calligraphers. My hands are a bit small, and this pen is not clunky or awkward. All fountain pens have issues with drying ink. It's a good idea to remind yourself that it's not a ballpoint or felt tip pen, and adjust your expectations accordingly. (Using a good ink such as Noodler's will result in greatly improved ink flow, even in a cheap pen). Keep a tiny vial of water on hand to dip the nib tip into if ink stops flowing. This pen actually has decent flow, and is far superior to Scheaffer and certain other calligraphy pens. Scheaffer just stops dead for no apparent reason and no amount of dipping, shaking, or swearing will get the flow started again. This pen is an inexpensive but usable pen. I have only one other brand that I prefer slightly, but that one has a scratchy nib that sort of scrapes the paper, so it's not perfect either. This pen works and holds up, doesn't crack or break, and the nibs are sturdy too. I don't think you will regret buying this if you just plan to rinse the dried ink from time to time. I do not use the wide nibs, only the narrow ones. I am left handed but do not use left handed nibs, and I write from the side, not the top. I don't have any problems keeping the ink flowing throughout the formation of the entire character I am writing, but then, I only use nibs 1.5 and narrower. I can't speak to the performance of the wider nibs.The pen makes a nice line that is not too distorted and maintains distinct edges, rather than blurring like many pens will. The ink supplied is not bad either, and is fairly opaque black. I would buy this for a friend who was interested in beginning calligraphy, and consider it a decent pen to use long term. In fact, I have bought it for some people who admire my writing and express a desire to learn calligraphy or add style to their cursive.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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the pens are very professional looking...
I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the pens and nibs were packaged, looked like a good set. bought for a gift
Manuscript Calligraphy Pen set
By Richard the Calligrapher
from Eugene, OR
I started doing calligraphy in 1964, back in the day when you could get Osmiroid and Platignum fountain pens. The manuscript pens are not as good, but appear to be the only fountain pens being made. The "adaptor" included with each set is good, if you're as cheap as I am and don't want to keep spending money on small ink cartridges. Still, although those adaptors can leak, occasionally, the pen points are pretty crisp and clean in their lines. The price for the set is O.K., but otherwise, to do calligraphy, you're forced to use felt tip pens (even if you have to shape the tips with a razor blade) or Speedball dip points. Or, you CAN whittle your own quill pens, especially if there are geese around. That works, and the quill pens don't "splutter" when you push the point away from you in an up-stroke. But they're REALLY conspicuous in your pocket.
A good writing instrument
from Chicago, IL
This is a good calligraphy set with a selection of several nibs. The pen and accessories are packaged in an attractive silver-colored tin and stores easily. The pen holder and nibs are of good quality.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Bay Area
I can only assume that I unfortunately received a bad batch. When I received the pen set. Two of the refills, red & blue ones, had leaked. One nib was totally useless, If I didn't trust Blicks so much (I have been a user of Blicks for decades and know that their products are excellent) I would believe that I was sold a 'used' set. Unfortunatly, mailing cose make it rediculous to return. I think the manufacture 'butchered' the set, and cheated Blicks.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not worth it!
from Nashville TN
I use the calligraphy pen for most of my note taking, filling out forms, and similar paperwork for the neatness. Unfortunately the Manuscript pens have been a total waste of money and time. Even with the cap in place, and day to day use the ink dries up too fast and I am constantly having to clean the nib to even write a few words then the ink flow stops. It is too much work. I wish I could find a "really good" calligraphy pen.
Merchant response: If you ever have questions about using a product or need help finding something, our Product Information department is available to help. Call 1-800-933-2542 Weekdays 8am - 5:30pm CST (International customers, please call 1-309-343-6181 x5406) or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not for all lefties
from Kansas City MO
I am left handed, so I purchased the lefty set, but they don't work for me. I hold my hand to the left of my writing-other lefties write from above the line of writing or directly below it. Unless I turned the nib almost upside down, it wouldn't write at all and it was difficult to get a smooth line. I don't think it is the pen's fault, when I held it at an odd angle, or wrote from right to left, it worked fine. I will try a set of the regular nibs before I give up and go back to calligraphy markers.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Use Manuscript pens constantly
By Randall Dighton
from Corvallis, OR
I've been a professional calligrapher for over 40 years, and find myself using Manuscript pens all the time, especially for longer works. I'm currently engrossing "The Hidden Words" by Baha'u'llah (from the scriptures of the Baha'i Faith) which will be about 64 pages when complete. I started using other nibs and pens, but nothing gave me the consistency for page after page like Manuscript.
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Great Quality, Great Price
from New Jersy
I bought these pens in order to help a friend write her wedding invitations, and they exceeded my expectations. I loved the variety of nibs and color options, and I found that the pen was easy to hold and use. As with all fountain calligraphy pens, it takes a little time to get the ink flowing, and it's essential to put the cap on after each use. Also, as a note to the left-handed reviewer, the set contained an insert in which Manuscript offered a nib exchange for left-handed writers. Perhaps these left-handed nibs might have solved your problem. Overall, these are excellent pens - high quality at a great price. I highly recommend them.
(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from Ithaca, NY
Though I'm left handed I was always able to use other calligraphy pens with some adjustment. These I cannot use. The edges are too sharp and catch on the finest tooth paper. The larger nibs are impossible to keep the ink flowing well. I'm probably never using fountain pens again due to these.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you encountered with this product. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
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