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    While I agree 100% that the loss of cursive should be avoided for a whole host of reasons, I can't help but think that as the earl of Arundel's clerk sat down in 1409 to write this document, he was bemoaning the fact that kids these days were not properly being taught Chancery hand.

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    I will never understand in my lifetime how they wrote so straight without ruled paper...

    But on that note, old script like that are among my favorites and were a driving force in picking up a fountain pen. With the right nib you can mimic darn near anything.

    On another note, my new Noodler's pen arrived today, can't wait to play with it! There was a time I'd think you were clinically insane if you told me I'd ever be excited about a pen. I don't think my nibs came in though, I didn't see those.

    I will die laughing if someone in the neighborhood pulled the package thief thing and only got a box containing two fountain pen nibs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshal View Post
    I will never understand in my lifetime how they wrote so straight without ruled paper...

    But on that note, old script like that are among my favorites and were a driving force in picking up a fountain pen. With the right nib you can mimic darn near anything.

    On another note, my new Noodler's pen arrived today, can't wait to play with it! There was a time I'd think you were clinically insane if you told me I'd ever be excited about a pen. I don't think my nibs came in though, I didn't see those.

    I will die laughing if someone in the neighborhood pulled the package thief thing and only got a box containing two fountain pen nibs.
    Congrats on the Noodler! I have a couple and really enjoy them both. They are *very* different, but both enjoyable in their own way.

    And who says they weren't writing on lines? I'll try to nip a full-on mediaevalist rant in the bud here, but there definitely were a number of systems used for putting lines on pages of parchment/vellum. Sometimes lines were very lightly drawn in using a lead or silver stylus, or a "hard point" which embossed a faint line, or even using a wheel to pierce tiny holes along a line. In a nutshell, the fancier or more expensive the manuscript, the more likely it was to be lined. And for really top end manuscripts, quite elaborate systems and formulae for layout were developed.

    The image I posted earlier is from an indenture recording an arbitrated settlement to a land dispute in Shropshire, England. So while it was an official document and important in a local sense, it wasn't the kind of thing that someone would spend a ton of time on re the layout. So the lines wander a bit, but not too bad, all things considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cangooner View Post
    Congrats on the Noodler! I have a couple and really enjoy them both. They are *very* different, but both enjoyable in their own way.

    And who says they weren't writing on lines? I'll try to nip a full-on mediaevalist rant in the bud here, but there definitely were a number of systems used for putting lines on pages of parchment/vellum. Sometimes lines were very lightly drawn in using a lead or silver stylus, or a "hard point" which embossed a faint line, or even using a wheel to pierce tiny holes along a line. In a nutshell, the fancier or more expensive the manuscript, the more likely it was to be lined. And for really top end manuscripts, quite elaborate systems and formulae for layout were developed.

    The image I posted earlier is from an indenture recording an arbitrated settlement to a land dispute in Shropshire, England. So while it was an official document and important in a local sense, it wasn't the kind of thing that someone would spend a ton of time on re the layout. So the lines wander a bit, but not too bad, all things considered.
    Well, that explains a lot. All this time I thought scribes of old just had so much practice they were human straight edges.

    I got the Noodler's pens more for drawing than writing. In that respect they work as intended. I'm really cursing the fact that my nibs for the other pen didn't come in. The pen with the damaged nib has a lot more line variation than the nib creaper that just came in. But the nib on my old pen is currently scratchy and the ink doesn't quite want to flow like I want. I didn't realize the pen I ordered was different from the one I already had until it got here - the new one is a size smaller. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing as it handles easier for my purposes.
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