Copperplate Pen Holder
The rules of calligraphy are always broken by somebody (often with great success) but general guidance for beginners would be:Right-handed calligraphers
- use an oblique pen holder as this helps to hold the pen at the correct angle for copperplate writing and also gives you a wide choice of nibs; Or
a straight penholder
with the Mitchell Copperplate nib (though this choice restricts you to this single nib).Left-handed
use a straight penholder because your arm and hand are already at (or near) the correct angle.Copperplate nibs
There is no 'best nib' for Copperplate or Spencerian writing. I normally advise beginners to buy a selection of nibs to try as the most suitable nib for any individual is a very personal choice. All the flexible nibs suitable for Copperplate vary in their size, flexibility and strength (pressure required). One person's favourite nib might be unsuitable for someone else. One unbreakable rule is to be ruthless is discarding nibs that have begun to wear as they will never again produce the fine hairlines that distinguish this style of writing.