Have you ever seen a Mitchell Scroll Writer Nib?
I bought these pen nibs over in Manchester. We popped into an excellent local store – who’s name I should have written down – (someone will remind me) (edit: H.Blyth and Co) – and I picked them up on a whim. I love the dual-line they make! Great for shading twice as fast with a dipping pen :)
They’re branded William Mitchell’s Scroll Writer and come in sizes marked as 10 point increments between 10 and 50. (Not sure if that’s millimeters of gap? Whatever).
Point is – they’re a lot of fun!
You can see the effect used in the roof of this block of British council houses. I just get a kick out of the fact you get twice as many lines for ever stroke. Double your normal drawing speed! (hah).
I used them here in the shading on this bizarre piece of machinery from the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology. I didn’t even bother learning what these black iron hulks did. I only had time to sketch their crazy shapes.
This one is the William Mitchell Poster Pen. Also available in a variety of sizes. This is the biggest nib I have that is not a steel brush. I can’t wait to try this out on some gesture drawing classes.
The Mancunian shop we visited sold nibs and holders al la carte. I haven’t seen these nibs around locally – but I can’t say I’ve looked too hard.
For now I see they can be had online from The Great Calligraphy Catalog – or there is a box set on Amazon (*affiliate link – thanks) that has a few scroll writers included in a grab bag selection. No doubt you’ll find them in plenty of other places as well. Have fun trying these out if you find some!