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Script Analysis - X-Height

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23 December 2006

Script Analysis - X-Height

OK, so the x-height is 7mm, or 5 nib widths. (As Michelle Brown's/Patricia Lovett's Historical Source Book for Scribes says and my re-measurements have confirmed)

There's only one small problem.
7/5 = 1.4, not 1.5

Looking at pen nib width charts

http://callibeth.blogspot.com/search/label/pens

well - I don't have a Koh-I-Noor technical pen and I don't know if they come in left handed.

This other chart doesn't even HAVE a 1.4 nib width shown.



William Mitchell




Line Height Measurements (in millimetres)

Millimetres

Osmiroid

Right Hand

R/H Italic

Speedball C

Hiro

Brause

3 nib widths

4 nib widths

5 nib widths

7 nib widths

0.50 mm

Ital Ext Fine

Size 6

Size 5

Size 6

Size 5

½ mm

1.5 mm

2 mm

2.5 mm

3.5 mm

0.60 mm

Size 5

1.8 mm

2.4 mm

3 mm

4.2 mm

0.75 mm

Italic Fine

Size 4

Size 4

Size 4

¾ mm

2.25 mm

3 mm

3.75 mm

5.25 mm

1.00 mm

Italic Med

Size 3½

Size 3

Size 5

1 mm

3 mm

4 mm

5 mm

7 mm

1.25 mm

Italic Broad

Size 3

Size 2

Size 3

3.75 mm

5 mm

6.25 mm

8.75 mm

1.50 mm

B2

Size 2½

Size 1

Size 4

1½ mm

4.5 mm

6 mm

7.5 mm

10.5 mm

2.00 mm

B3

Size 2

Size 3

Size 2

2 mm

6 mm

8 mm

10 mm

14 mm

2.50 mm

B4

Size 1½

Size 1½

2½ mm

7.5 mm

10 mm

12.5 mm

17.5 mm

2.75 mm

Size 1

8.25 mm

11 mm

13.75 mm

19.25 mm

3.00 mm

B5

Size 1

Size 2

3 mm

9 mm

12 mm

15 mm

21 mm

3.50 mm

B6

Size 0

Size 1

10.5 mm

14 mm

17.5 mm

24.5 mm

4.00 mm

B8

4 mm

12 mm

16 mm

20 mm

28 mm

5.00 mm

B10

Size 0

5 mm

15 mm

20 mm

25 mm

35 mm


28 December : There is another nib width comparison chart in the SCA_S&I files. It gives (only) an Osmoroid BR as having a 1.4 mm width.

So I'm going to stick with the 1.5mm width Brause I have.
Meisterin Katarina Helene suggested that of course they were cutting quills back then, so had more opportunity to create a 1.4mm wide nib.
The letters will only be the tiniest bit thicker and more cramped. But since I know - if I do copy a page of writing from one of the images I have of the Bedford Psalter on a transparent sheet, and hold it over the original - I'll know (one reason) why the letters aren't exactly the same.

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