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Crow quill pens have a cylindrical body that only fit a crow quill nib, which generally draws finer lines than a standard nib.
#102 Crow Quill Nib
#102 Crow Quill Set
This is a terrific starter set for those who do pen-and-ink drawing. It includes a Speedball #102 Crow Quill nib, a Style A pen holder, and 0.40 oz of Black calligraphy ink. The nib, which is handcrafted in the USA, comes to a very fine point, ideal for making fine lines. The calligraphy ink is an excellent, dark black ink that is acid-free, archival, and water-resistant. For best results, clean the nib with pen cleaner and warm water after use.
Durable plastic holder is 5" long and fits crow quill nibs #102, #107, and #108.
#107 Stiff Hawk Crow Quill Nib
Superfine, stiffer than #102, for long, even lines, cross-hatching.
#108 Litho Crow Quill Nib
Flexible, bronze finish, for cross-hatching, flourishes.
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A great classic tool for ink.
Comments about Speedball Crow Quill Dip Pen and Nibs:
We are using these to have a look at classic inking skills and then proceed to the flow of zentangling!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Atlanta, GA
Gifted to a nephew just starting out - he loved it!
Just what I was looking for
from Peoria, AZ
This product is exactly as in the description and works great. The best price that could be found anywhere.
Bought Pen Nibs On-line
from Boston, MA
I use the Hunt 102 quill pen for all my comics work. It's flexible, versatile, and comfortable. I buy them in bulk, and Blick was very prompt with their delivery. A+.
adequate pen holder
from Nashville, Tennessee
Good, utilitarian product that gets the job done.
A Plus For Ames Lettering Guide
By Johnny Doodle
from FL Panhandle
What a contraption. This plastic item looks like some basic drafting tool (and by golly it is!) but it's also a standard guide used in comic strips for lettering (see most any successful cartoonist from Walt Kelly "Pogo" to Bill Watterson "Calvin & Hobbes" and beyond and you'll find they used tools like this, the others use computerized font) and for a few bucks it does the trick for old fashioned hand lettering mighty fine. It was interesting to see the precision after using the Ames Lettering Guide compared to just using a ruler to lay out dialogue areas. Lettering is where I tense up and overthink and overdo and moan and groan and nash my teeth until the correction fluid comes out so I needed all the extra help I could get and was glad to learn about this handy dandy lettering guide item. And if I sleep with it under my pillow my lettering will look just as good as Kelly's and Watterson's!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
C-6 Nib Used By Lynn Johnston
Speedball nibs are widely used by professional cartoonists including Lynn Johnston of "For Better Or For Worse" (C-6 nib for all drawing and lettering) and I was surprised to learn dip pens remain the standard for artists and cartoonists regardless of the new brush pens and markers out there. You have to remove the coating from the nibs which keeps them from rusting while in their packages (google your options I read people use anything from dish soap to spit) and nibs take getting used to and can be a tad messy for the novice (I went to work with ink stains under my nails despite a rigorous scrubbing) but they're less expensive than modern alternatives and unless you make big bucks off your craft (not me) and need to pinch pennies to work on your art (me) most any Speedball product is worth a test run. I really enjoyed the ritual of using tools like dip pens and the challenge of learning how they work and it's all about that line variation. I had a drawing completed with one pen nib that would take 2 or 3 different modern pens to pull off and I drew 2 of the same thing one with modern pens (Microns) and one with a dip pen nib and when asked people told me they liked the dip pen version and said it popped off the page more and was more crisp with a richer, denser quality than the Micron drawing. As a fan of Microns (also used by many pro's), Papermate flairs (Berke Breathed "Bloom County") and Sharpes (found in any artist's arsenal) I wanted to try using the tools of old without breaking the bank and for around $10 I was able to load up on a few nibs, holders and ink to play with. This was my first time ordering from BLICK and even with shipping & handling costs it's still a great value and service. I'll still keep the modern pens nearby but it's fun adding to my toolbox.
Perfect for small scale drawings!
from Lynnwood, WA
I love the speedball crow quill nibs for fine and small scale drawings. The #102 is the finest and gives me the tiniest little details, while the #108 gives the broadest, but still fine line. I wish the handle was a little beefier to reduce hand strain, but it's not that big of a deal.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great way to order on line
I have trouble finding my pen and ink pen points where I live. This site was easy and affordable and shipped quickly. Thanks so much.
(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Does not write
from Long Island, New York
The pen does not work at all. You fill it with ink and it won't write on the paper.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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