Friday, June 7, 2013

Calligraphy Flourish Friday - Comparing G Nibs

I did a little G nib comparison sheet this morning. 

 Tom had a meeting in Nashville earlier this week, and I tagged along.  It was great to see Rachel (our daughter), my sister and her family, *AND* pay a visit to Paper and Ink Arts. PIA is a candy store for calligraphers, but it's not a traditional retail store front.  Jennifer Allen, the Director of PIA, was gracious enough to let Rachel and I prowl around....oops, I mean, "Rachel and *me*" ...the grammar police will get me....(aka Tom)    :)

Two things I wanted to try: the Tachikawa G nib and this palette of Fine Tec Pearl Colors. 

Thanks to Heather Held's recommendation several years ago, I already have (and LOVE) the Fine Tec gold palette.  The new palette also has 6 colors.  The new palette's wells are smaller, but it's also less expensive.

 I regularly use both the Nikko G and the Zebra G.  Sometimes the Zebra G is a little too sharp for me.  Although my hairlines tend to be finer with the Zebra G, they also skip more.  I was very interested to see how the Tachikawa G performed for me, and I am quite happy with it.  My hairlines aren't quite as fine as with the Zebra G, but I didn't have the skipping problem.  I love the colors of the new palette, especially the Shining Aquamarine.  As it flowed out of the pen, I was mesmerized!

Jennifer said she was going to have the Tachikawa G nibs available at both The Summit conference and at IAMPETH.  I also have some comic nibs from Kuretake, including a G nib, that I will blog about in the future.

You can find both the Tachikawa G nib (Item: TACHG) and the Fine Tec Pearl Colors (The Item# I used for this test: FN600S, price: $17.95) at Paper and Ink Arts website.

As usual, we had a great time in Nashville. Our hotel was hopping due to a country music awards show to be held the next day.  Tom and I had no clue who any of the people were though.  :)

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Go forth and flourish!!


  1. I have been following your blog for about half a year now and love it. I find that when I read or see your work I manage to find more time for my own.
    I usually use a calligraphy pen that has the plastic ink capsule on the inside.
    Watching you has helped me brave up and get a dipping ink set. I have calligraphy nibs and Cooper plate nibs. The dipping processes is hard.
    I would really love it if you would throw a blog or two out there for the true novice. And I would love to see things like your work station, chair, lighting.
    I would even like a blog on creative gift tag or card ideas.
    Just ideas, ignore me if you want.

    1. Hello Cara,
      Thank you for following, and I appreciate your comment. I truly believe the best place for a novice to receive instruction is in person from a good instructor. Although I do not teach, I have some suggestions for finding an instructor on my "Calligraphy Lessons" page located just beneath my blog header. As far as my work space, chair, and light, you can see images of those items over at my Flickr account (see the photo Set "Jane's Studio"):

      The images are old, but my studio looks pretty much the same. I do have a new chair (new to me at least), which I love. I just added a photo of it to the set at Flickr.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Just getting started with copperplate. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try to find a way to stay connected. I love reading about your reviews of nibs and inks. There are too many to try out of my own. I got about $100 in supplies as my big Christmas present this year. I'm not sure what to do with them, or why I bought three black inks, but I hope to figure it out this year. LOL

  3. I use Tachikawa G's mostly. Zebras catch on upstrokes. Nikkos are a bit crude or thick compared to Tachikawa-G's, in my opinion.

  4. From where to get nicco g and zebra g in India?

    1. Hello. Thanks for you enquiry. I would contact either Paper and Ink Arts or John Neal Bookseller. They may ship to India. Hope this helps.


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