January 19, 2019

A good nib is what makes a good fountain pen!

The nib gives handwriting a personal character. It is the nib that makes handwriting unique for each and every one of us. The more valuable the material of the nib and the more elaborate the workmanship, the smoother the writing experience.

Choosing the Right Nib for You

If you are new to the world of fountain pens, choosing the right nib for your first fountain pen can be overwhelming.

Fountain pen nibs come in various shapes and sizes and are made of various materials. To find the right nib, it is important to familiarize yourself with the nib differences and features. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for finding the perfect nib for you. You may have to test nibs under each category to find out which one works best for you.

But to make the process a tad easier for you, we’ve gathered the 5 Most Important Things To Know When Choosing The Right Fountain Pen Nib. Hopefully, you won’t have to waste lots of money in your trial and error journey. ;)

  1. Material

Fountain pen nibs are made of different metals, ranging from the less expensive stainless steel to precious metals such as gold. The more valuable the material, the softer and smoother the writing feel. However, this doesn’t mean steel nibs can’t write as good. Some pens use cheaper material for the most part of the nib and then a more expensive material, such as iridium or gold, on the tip to still get that smooth writing feel without the expensive cost.

  1. Anatomy

It is important that you know the basic parts of a nib to guide you in choosing the right fountain pen nib.

Not all nibs are the same but they generally have these basic parts:

Fountain Pen Parts

  1. Size & Width

Fountain pen nibs come in various sizes or width. The size is an important factor when choosing a fountain pen nib. The wider the tip of the nib, the wider the line the pen will create.

Nibs vary from extra fine to broad and stub nibs. Wider nibs allow for more line variation when writing. Finer nibs can also create some line variation by simply adjusting pressure as you write. If you write small, you may consider a finer nib.

One thing to keep in mind is that finer nibs may write scratchy. You may want to buy amylar paper to tune your nibs and achieve smooth and neat writing.

Watch the video ofsbrebrown below and see his writing results with different nib sizes, from extra fine to the double broad nib size.

  1. Stiffness

Another feature of the nib that also determines the amount of line variation is its stiffness. A softer nib will allow more line variation than a stiffer nib. If you write with a heavy hand, a soft nib may not be what you’re looking for.

  1. Shape

Lastly, there is the shape of the nib. Nibs come in straight or slanted chisel point nibs. The end of the nib may also be round or flat. The chisel points are great for calligraphy. A flat point nib creates a wider line compared to a round nib.

Dryden Designs Fountain Pen Nibs

Our high-quality fine and medium nibs allow fluent handwriting for both casual and experienced writers. While a larger nib offers more room for the material to move and good flexibility, we’re still very proud of our smaller nibs that offer great writing comfort and smoothness combined with a very attractive price.

Below are luxury fountain pens in our portfolio categorized according to nib size. Check them out!

FOUNTAIN PEN IMAGE  FOUNTAIN PEN MODEL NIB SIZE
ELEGANT TRANSPARENT FOUNTAIN PEN WITH FREE CONVERTER ELEGANT TRANSPARENT FOUNTAIN PEN WITH FREE CONVERTER Medium
LIMITED EDITION MODERN CLASSIC FOUNTAIN PEN WITH FREE CONVERTER LIMITED EDITION MODERN CLASSIC FOUNTAIN PEN WITH FREE CONVERTER Medium
BLUE & SILVER FOUNTAIN PEN MEDIUM NIB IRIDIUM POINT Medium
HANDCRAFTED BAMBOO FOUNTAIN PEN WITH MATCHING GIFT CASE Medium
BLACK AND SLIVER RETRO-STYLE FINE NIB FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
STAINLESS STEEL SILVER AND GOLD FOUNTAIN PEN Medium
LIMITED EDITION WOOD AND BRASS LUXURY FOUNTAIN PEN Medium
FINE NIB MODERN CLASSIC COLLECTION WITH FREE CONVERTER Fine
MULTICOLOR REAL SEASHELL FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
VINTAGE-STYLE ROSE WOOD BARREL FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
BUSINESS FOUNTAIN PEN MEDIUM NIB & SPLENDID HIGH GLOSS FINISH Medium
NOBLE JINHAO BROWN WOOD FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
JET BLACK QUADRILATERAL CALLIGRAPHY FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
SPLENDID MATT FINE NIB (0.38 MM) FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
SILVER AND GOLD FOUNTAIN PEN - FINE NIB Fine
LUXURY SILVER PLATING FOUNTAIN PEN INK PEN NIB HIGH QUALITY 0.5MM Fine
JINHAO CHIC PINK FOUNTAIN PEN Medium
BLUE FLOWER ROUND BODY FOUNTAIN PEN Medium
DRYDEN LUXURY ROSEWOOD FOUNTAIN PEN WITH GIFT CASE Medium
IRAURITA SILVER FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
SUPER FINE NIB STEEL FOUNTAIN PEN Super FIne
PLUM BLOSSOM FLOWER FOUNTAIN PEN Fine
JINHAO MONA LISA FOUNTAIN PEN Medium
IRAURITA BLACK FOUNTAIN PEN Fine

 

Tips When Buying

If your handwriting is small or tight, or if you write in Asian letters, then the nib sizes EF (extra fine) or F (fine) will do wonders for you. If you write with big letters or if you’re looking for a nice signature pen, then the nib sizes M (medium) or B (broad) are great for you. But there are italic nibs too, which are slightly slanted and give your handwriting the extra nice touch because the vertical lines are broader than the horizontal lines.

There is nothing like writing with a great fountain pen. Choosing the right fountain pen nib can be difficult at first, but when you give the different nibs a try, shopping for new nibs should be easier the next time around.

There are many things to consider but, hopefully, this quick guide helps explain to you the differences so you will know the nib type that is just right for you and your writing style.

Happy writing!


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