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What is the name of these "offset" nibs and pens?

It is called an Oblique Calligraphy Pen. It is used because it makes it much easier to hold the nib pointing in angles that are otherwise very hard to achieve if you're right handed (oblique angles):
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Calligraphy pens not laying ink evenly

Have you removed the protective (oil) coating of your nibs? Some people burn their nibs (over a candle, for example), but doing this they also re-temper the metal of the nib. (Don't do this if your ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

All the liquid calligraphy inks I know of are ready to use, no dilution required. Pigmented ink must be well mixed before use for the pigment to be uniformly dispersed. I find acrylic ink sometimes ...
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How can I quickly and easily pencil in guide and slant lines for lettering/calligraphy?

Note: This is a more expensive, albeit an efficient method. Requirements: A bright lightbox, or lightpad A grid printout An alternative would be to get a lightbox/lightpad, and place gridded paper ...
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Fountain pen tip use for dip pen?

No. As there is no place for the fountain pen tip to hold a reservoir of ink through dipping. A dip pen has a slight concave curvature. This curvature helps to hold, with the help of the surface ...
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Calligraphy pens not laying ink evenly

Inkflow with any liquid-ink pen has to do with capillary action and liquid/air exchange. If a pen is skipping, the flow is being interrupted. Check that there are no obstructions along the nib or nib ...
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How does embossing powder work? What paper is most recommended to be used with it?

The kind of embossing powder that I'm familiar with, is melted with a heat gun. After being melted, it gets smooth and creates an embossed layer above the paper. I think any kind of strong durable ...
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Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens?

Yes, inkjet ink works with brushes. It's thinner than the usual ink for dip pens, but give it a try. I haven't broken open cartridges to get it, but used the ink from a refill kit. Because they're ...
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Finest ballpoint/rollerball pen?

Ball tips I was familiar with the Uni-ball Signo 0.28mm tips (virtually the same as a 0.3mm tip, which is commonly available), but the 0.18 was new to me, and that's apparently been discontinued. I ...
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How does embossing powder work? What paper is most recommended to be used with it?

Year-old question, but timeless subject matter. You asked about the procedure. For completeness, I'll add a little detail about that, and some thoughts on the paper. The embossing powder is ...
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Can I use cartridge ink for dip fountain pens?

Due to the many different kind of quill pens nib designs, I don't think any definitive yes-no answer is possible here. Generally, yes, ink will flow. What kind of writing you want to do will have ...
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How should I store my nibs for long periods?

There are a couple of things you need to consider before we look at storage options. Ensure your nibs are clean When you are done using your nibs you should ensure that you medium is removed and ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

In my experience, the best advice for newbies is that which educates them toward nolonger being newbies. The qualities of an ink are based on its composition An ink is composed of 3 parts which, ...
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Fountain pen tip use for dip pen?

It depends on the type of fountain pen nib, but yes, you can. Obviously, you want the right tools, know-how, experience, and touch if you plan to dismantle a pen, and it's all at your own risk. ...
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How can I quickly and easily pencil in guide and slant lines for lettering/calligraphy?

Make sure you're using a straight-edge table, and get yourself a T-Square, and an Ames lettering guide. The wheel on the Ames lettering guide rotates, so you can adjust the size between the lines, ...
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Fine liners that don't wear out quickly?

The smaller the tip, the faster it's going to wear out; 0.1 and 0.05 especially tend to wear out and break noticeably faster than wider tips, even with a light touch. There are only two solutions I ...
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What is the name of these "offset" nibs and pens?

The two images in the original question are both images of pointed pen nibs. Within "pointed pens" there are variations - the top image is an oblique nib while the bottom image is an oblique ...
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How should I store my nibs for long periods?

By cartridge I presume you mean cartridge calligraphy pens and/or their nibs. The main difference when it comes to storage of nibs is that usually cartridge (fountain) calligraphy pen nibs are ...
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Can I use cartridge ink for dip fountain pens?

I understand that ink in fountain pen cartridges is a bit thinner. Can I still use it for dip pens if I squeeze it out of the cartridges? ... First off, a syringe typically works best for extracting ...
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