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J. Herbin History of Writing Sets (2-Pack)

J. Herbin History of Writing Sets (2-Pack)

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Pretty poor quality items. But at least the tiny ink bottles will make decent traveling inkwells.

The Belle Epoque nib holders just fell apart in the middle, so now I need to find some glue.

All in all, it makes more sense to get a few Brause Natural Wood Calligraphy Nib Holders and some NOS nibs off of eBay.
Is it easy to make a quill? By some fortune I have a primary wing feather from a white-bellied sea eagle :)
Super easy. You just cut the tip diagonally and then split it a bit in the middle. That's about it.
History-accurate ink can also be made super easily. Soot mixed with wine, that's all.
Interesting. Thanks!
I just got my sets and some of them I’m kind of like meh, but the rest I was really pleasantly surprised! I would say that the student set, the 19th century, and the venetian rank highest on my list. These are great gifts for history buffs or someone who loves to write - I was planning on featuring these in my subscription box but now that I’ve seen them, I want to use them myself!
Does anyone know if the inks themselves are attempts at historical reproductions (in color at least, if not in composition) the way Noodler's sometimes does? In the "Egyptian Scribe" set, for example, is the ink a bottle of lampblack and oil (or some modern analogue) or just normal J. Herbin black ink?
Don't think it's anywhere near accurate. They didn't really use blue ink for writing in the middle ages. It was based on soot or charcoal.
Interesting set. I, personally, won't be going for it because, in my view, it's too expensive for most of the items.

The only one that's remotely interesting to me is the glass dip pen. That price is comparable to ones you can get stand-alone. The others though, you can much cheaper make yourself or buy in pieces.

The main one I'm talking about, at least with my experience, is the brush set. Honestly, I strongly recommend *not* buying that, for a few reasons. First, the quality of the brush is pretty awful. It doesn't nearly come to the tip one really needs. Meaning, unless you're writing fairly large characters, then brush won't be great. Given you're given 1 sheet of paper means you'll do around 4 characters comfortably and that's it. You can't use this brush and ink on Rhodia or anything else really easily. The ink will be an issue. So, if you're interested in putting together this specific set, I suggest you go for something like a beginner brush (about $5 at an art store), and pad of calligraphy paper (rice paper, comes in sheets in some, single roll in others - about $20), and either pure Sumi ink, or India ink. India ink is considerably cheaper than Sumi ink. If you get liquid ink, you can pour what you need into a bowl and go with that. Better yet is an ink stone (about $15-20ish), so you can better control the amount of ink on the brush.

I'm including a picture of some of my specific setup. Not all the brushes I have/use. I kept one of the cheaper practice brushes in the picture (the one on the right). The two on the left are used for different things, and are much more expensive than I recommend people who are just getting into this. You can find decent brushes on Amazon, that don't run much.

Alternatively, if you're really interested in 書道, I recommend getting a brush pen instead, and use grid paper to practice characters. I've done this extensively while learning Kanji, and it's useful for learning the balance of a character.
looks like a pretty good deal. Amazon has some of the sets individually for $19 to $26
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