Writing With a Bent Nib

Live demonstration of the Speedball series of broad-edged pens plus inspirational historical and contemporary examples.

With Randall Hasson
Session 1, 9 AM to 11 AM PDT

For all levels
The bent nib has amazing possibilities! Join Randall for a survey of the Speedball series of broad-edged pens and their uses, with both lecture examples and live demos. We will explore tools and techniques that created distinctive lettering styles and characteristics of commercial letterers in the 1920s and ’30s based on the series of Speedball textbooks. 

We’ll look at four different styles of lettering:  
  • A Silent Movie Split Script with the flexible C-5 nib (above, left)
  • Spurred Gothic with the square-shaped A nib (above, right)
  • Ludwig Hohlwein’s Poster Lettering with the round B nib (below, left)
  • Blunt-Serif Roman with the oval D nib (below, right)
You will come away from this session with an understanding of the mechanics of using the bent nib and the lettering possibilities it can provide.

Because of the amount of information that will be provided in a limited period of time, you may want to watch the presentation and then practice along with the replay video. These are the nibs that Randall will be using during his demo: Speedball C-5, A-0, A-2, B-3, and D-0 nibs. 

You will also need a dip pen holder and nicely flowing inks such as Walnut or Sumi. The exact supplies Randall uses, such as his favorite 11” x 17” graph paper pad, are included in this handy shopping page at John Neal Books.  

Post Conference Workshop

The Speedball A Nib Experience with Randall M. Hasson

Get more in-depth study about writing with the bent nib in Randall's follow-up workshop. This is a hybrid workshop with a combination of Live Zoom sessions and lifetime access to 3.5 hours of prerecorded video lessons.

For a full calendar of events, visit The A Nib Experience page at Sandia Workshops.

To register (check or Paypal), visit the Write On Calligraphers website:

The A nib workshop features three alphabets: Spurred Gothic (lowercase and capitals), the elegant Rennie Mackintosh, and chunky Neuland script. More details here.