New toys for Christmas!

 

Early Christmas presents from Santa! Well, that is if you count my relatives as Santa Claus.

My cousins went to the States last month and just came back this week. I requested them to buy some calligraphy stuff there and take it back here in the Philippines. Because it’s really hard to get these kind of stuff here.

I’m based in the province of Pampanga, so it’s a hassle for me to go Manila at this time of year. If you’re not from the Philippines, there’s this thing we call the ‘Christmas Traffic’. Every November and December of the year, everybody goes outside to buy their Christmas presents for their loved ones, thus causing heavy traffic in the Metro. You couldn’t even imagine how bad the traffic is in Metro Manila during this time of the year.

Anyway, here are some of the things my cousins brought back home. Since a lot of the things that I ordered didn’t get to them in time, I had to send some of it here via Johnny Air. Hopefully it’ll arrive here in a week or two. Just in time for Christmas or New Year.

The photo above is me practicing with my calligraphy skills. Using a vintage Esterbrook 356 nib on a Rhodia Dotted Pad that I bought from Ebay (Martin2001) and Paper & Ink Arts, respectively.

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Pictured above are some of the nibs that I bought. I put one of each in a quill pewter nib holder that I bought from Zalora.

I bought 40 vintage Esterbrook nibs from Martin2001 in total. Twenty 356 nibs and twenty 358 nibs. It came with a vintage nib box. AWESOME!

I’m still trying to get used to how flexible the Esterbook 356 is. Since, I started practicing calligraphy with a Leonardt/Hiro III EF nib which is a stiff nib. I’m leaning towards using the Esterbrook 358 more because it is stiffer than the 356 but is much flexible than the III EF nib. Unfortunately, the 358 doesn’t create really thick strokes compared to the 356. I am quite torn. I still must wait for the other nibs that I ordered to get here. I ordered a lot of the nibs that most of the renowned calligraphers use. Like the Hunt 99 or the Hunt Imperial 101. Hopefully, those won’t disappoint me.

_MG_0328I also bought new J. Herbin inks (Poussiére de Lune, Cacao du Brésil, Vert Empire, Rouille d’Ancre & Terre de Feu). Though these are too watery for dip pens. Anyway, I still use them. It would be a shame if I didn’t. Such pretty colors. All my J. Herbin inks. Including the ones that I bought from Zalora (Gris Nuage, Bleu Pervenche & Orange Indien).

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My Clairfontaine and Rhodia pads and notebooks. So disappointed with the Clairefontaines. I even bought two large pads!

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