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This dip pen set from Manuscript consists of a 7" wooden handle, five (5) various steel nibs, and a distinctive, 'antique'-styled, "D Leonardt of Birmingham" tin in which to keep the nibs safe when you're not using them.
The nibs included in this set are:
- Crown nib
- Point nib
- Shorthand nib
- Scroll 6
- Copying nib
Each nib features a reservoir that holds extra ink, prolonging the period between dips and ensuring a smoother and more even flow to your hand.
As with the Leonardt Dip Pen Set No 1, the very reasonable price of the set means that it is ideal for anyone wishing to try their hand and calligraphy without investing considerable amounts of cash.
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The Manuscript Pen Company descries itself as being ‘The Calligraphy Company’ but that is only part of the story. They declare a passion for all forms of writing, drawing and colouring.
The company has been in existence since 1856, and as a result of an association with D. Leonardt & Co they have been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now, over 150 years later they continue to strive to combine the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products.
The name of D Leonardt & Co of Birmingham is one of great history. The company has been based at the Universal Pen Works, Birmingham, for well over a century, and an 1878 entry in Lloyd's List characterises them as
Manufacturers of all kinds of Pencil Cases, Steel Pens, Gold Pens, and Penholders. Makers of the Universal, Marcographic, and also Turkish Pens for Oriental writing. Grand Gold Medal, Moscow, 1872 ; Medal of merit, Vienna, 1873.
Leonardt are still producing both writing and calligraphic nibs, as evinced by this set from Manuscript.