Re: How to write with nib pens & bottled ink
Good paper is easier to write on than, say, copier paper. Your pens actually change over time, so they'll hold a different amount of ink. I'll second that advice to hold the pen lightly and don't push down. That's how to blot the page (like St Peter did when the littlest angel snuffled upon presenting himself at the heavenly gates - not a period reference but one I think of every time I do the same thing.) I have given up hope of having a godd hand and merely settle for legible at this point. First of all, my modern writing isn't that good, and I don't use all the cursive capitals. I'm forever trying to remember things like "How do you make a darn Q anyway?" Second, and probably more damning, I'm left-handed. I have to hold my hand up or the line will smear as my wrist passes over it. Given that left-handedness was a good bit rarer then than now, and one of the few things I really can't do with my right hand is write, I've decided that the cramped script looking like it came from a palsied hand is about the best I'm going to get. (BTW - Stow your inkwell in your haversack rather than your knapsack. I'd rather clean ink off ration bags than my precious belongings anyday.)
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