Calligraphy

First Impression of Different Calligraphy Nibs

Friday, September 27, 2019
Irenespiration Calligraphy Nibs 2

Have you been looking for the right nibs for your calligraphy that suits your style? I am new to pointed pen calligraphy and I would like to explore more how nibs work and help creating unique handwriting styles. Rather than buying each set of nibs, I bought this various hand-selected nibs by Ink Me This to try and see what I am drawn into more. So I put together a brief first impression review for you and I hope this will help you!

Irenespiration Calligraphy Nibs 1
Irenespiration Calligraphy Nibs

So here is my take on these different nibs. I use Rhodia pad to test. Remember to use the right paper for your pointed pen πŸ™‚ You can use either Rhodia Dot Pad or HP Printer Paper Premium32.
– Zebra G: It has a pointy end and may catch paper fibers more often. It might be even more difficult to work with handmade papers. However, this nib can create thin hairlines and quite flexible in creating thick down strokes. Other reviews say that this nib is quite similar with Nikko G. I purchased this nib because it has more reviews on Amazon.
– Tachikawa G: Another beginner nibs beside Zebra G/Nikko G. It can create thinner hairlines than Zebra G. However, the nib is less flexible. You need to push a little more when creating down strokes. I think this nib is really good if you like to create thin hand writings.
– Brause Steno / Blue Pumpkin: This nib has a more rounded end therefore it will catch paper fibers less. It glides on paper smoothly. This also gives you thicker down strokes and very flexible to work with. Almost everyone’s favorite beside the G Nibs
– Brause 76: This nib van create very thick down strokes almost mimicking big brush pen. But I found it slippery so it is harder to control. I also found it to be too ‘loose’ when transitioning to down strokes. Or maybe it was because this was my first time trying it and my hand did not really get used to the nib. It holds less ink than others.
– Hunt Imperial: I love how this nib can create thinner hairlines and heavy down strokes, something big pens could not mimic. Much easier to control than Brause 76.
Hunt Extra Fine: This nib is different from the rest. It gives a little line weight difference in the up and down strokes which creates an elegant scribble look. Mostly suitable for narrower handwriting or alphabets.
– Brause 66ef: It holds more ink than it looks, can create thin hairlines and thicker downstrokes. I am amazed by its capability. Almost underestimate from how it looks like. Most calligraphers use this nib for slippery surface such as agates. I have never tried them personally myself on why this particular nib is chosen but I will share the experience with you when I try it.

So, that is all for my first impression reviews. What nibs would you like to try? Let me know in the comment below πŸ™‚

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