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Written by Margaret C
(2/16/2013 10:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 87: Getting a softer pen, penned by Line
Even metal nibbed pens bend to the shape of a particular hand (one tine will be more curved than the other, as it has more pressure on it than the other.) If you are left handed (like me) or writing in Gothic script, the tines will stay more even as you hold the pen much closer to the perpendicular.
With a quill, you could mend it with a little bit of a trim on the offending side, although that could make the tine too thin, whereupon it could break. Normally, as with a metal nib, you need to 'write it in' on a scrap before it is 'soft' enough. Then, after too much writing, the pen will wear or break, or the reservoir (of brass or steel, that you insert into the quill so it will hold more ink and you need not be dipping it for every character) slips, blots, etc. and you need to mend your pen again. (This is one of the reasons people advise you not to lend your metal nibbed pen to anyone - if it is constantly being pulled in and out according to the angle of various hands, it might break).
I am guessing her second, harder pen was a new one, and the short sentences were from having to lift her pen every half-line before it dug in too much. You see after a few paragraphs she starts writing whole lines without a dash or a dot, which might be a sign that her pen is starting to behave. By Thursday morning, she has either written it in nicely or got a better pen, at least, it is a comfort to me to think that her agonies, however intense, were of short duration.
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