Mitchell Nibs

Mitchell Nibs

Mitchell Nibs

William Mitchell (Calligraphy) Ltd is a UK-based company that has been making quality metal pens for nearly 200 years. In the 1820s William first worked with his brother John Mitchell, who pioneered the mass production of pen nibs. The Mitchells have been credited as the first to use machines to cut pen nibs, greatly speeding up the process. In 1825, William established his own firm in Birmingham, England, and it soon became one of the leading companies making dip pen nibs. William Mitchell presently manufactures broad dip pens for calligraphy and lettering, and pointed nibs (sometimes called “pen points”) for drawing and pointed-pens scripts: Copperplate, Spencerian, and the less-formal Modern Calligraphy.  

Mitchell Calligraphy Nibs Page

This advertisement for Mitchell Nibs was in the back of an early edition of Writing & Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston. The Mitchell Round Hand pens (nibs) shown are still available in regular and left oblique versions and are still much used by calligraphers. The Art Pen shown in the center is no longer made.

Mitchell Calligraphy Nibs

Round Hand Nibs. Dip pen nibs for broad-edged calligraphy hands such as Italic, Foundational, Carolingian, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English) and the like. Chisel edge, cut straight across (left-hand version has left-oblique cut). Flexible (for a broad pen). Currently available in 10 sizes: 0, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6. Size 0 is the widest and Size 6 is the narrowest (the sizes don’t indicate a specific measurement). In the past, more half-sizes were available. (While supply lasts, the JNB LH Mitchell Set includes a free 5½ nib.) Slip-on reservoir fits on the bottom; it is sold detached. These nibs are also referred to as Mitchell Rexel Nibs and Mitchell Roundhand Nibs or perhaps most commonly as simply “Mitchell Nibs.”

Mitchell Slip-on Reservoir. This ink reservoir fits on the bottom of Mitchell Round Hand Nibs. Made of softish, brass-colored metal, the reservoir’s wings can easy be bent for a snug fit. The Mitchell Reservoir does not fit on Mitchell Scroll Nibs.

Mitchell Scroll Nibs. The writing end of these dip pen nibs have a cutout or slit, which produce split-stroke broad-edge letters. The nib width and the position (and width) of the slit vary, and each of the 6 different Mitchell Scroll Nibs creates a different scroll-stroke pattern.  The “sizes” are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 (these numbers are labels and don’t reference nib width).

Mitchell Witch Pens. This pen comes with nib, reservoir, and holder as a single unit. Its nib has a folded over design which can be used for lettering and calligraphy on uneven or textured paper surfaces. It is available in five sizes: 1, 2, 2.5, 3 and 4. Size 1 is the narrowest and Size 4 is the widest (the sizes don’t indicate a specific measurement).

 

Pointed Nibs for Script

Mitchell Elbow Nib (Mitchell 0742F). This dip pen for Copperplate and other pointed pen scripts has an unusual offset design that allows you to write script with a straight (not oblique) holder. These have a larger base than most nibs. Fits holder Mitchell #53 Penholder, JNB item code H83.

Gillott Nibs. In 1961, the Birmingham-based Joseph Gillott pen company (founded in 1827) was absorbed into William Mitchell. Joseph Gillott’s nibs are all pointed nibs that are used for calligraphic scripts (Copperplate, Spencerian, Modern Calligraphy), pen-and-ink drawing, and medical illustration. They vary in size and design, sharpness of point, and flexibility. These nibs include Gillott 170 Nib, Gillott 303 Nib, Gillott 290 Nib, Gillott 291 Nib, Gillott 404 Nib, Gillott 659 Nib, Gillott 1950 Nib, and Gillott 1068A Nib. See the Joseph Gillott page for details of these nibs.

Perry & Co Nibs. In 1961, the pen businesses of Perry & Co. were taken over by William Mitchell’s parent company. In 2019, William Mitchell revived one Perry & Co. nib, Perry's Viaduct 120EF Nib (JNB item code N163). This nib has an exceptionally fine tip, allowing for exquisite hairlines and great cross hatching. No other Perry & Co. nibs are being manufactured.

 

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  • Scroll Set of 6 Nibs

    Scroll Set of 6 Nibs

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    N11-S6. Scroll Nib Set of 6 Nibs. A dip pen that writes a double line. Mitchell (Rexel). No reservoir. Works best with H83. Mitchell Triangular Holder. This set includes all six sizes: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60.
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    Scroll Nibs

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    N11. Scroll Nibs. A dip pen that writes a double line. Mitchell (Rexel). No reservoir. Works best with H83. Mitchell Triangular Holder. Available in six sizes: 10 (1.0mm), 20 (2.0mm), 30 (3.0mm), 40 (4.0mm), 50 (5.0mm), 60 (6.0mm)
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    Perry's Viaduct 120EF Nib

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    N163. Perry & Co. Viaduct 120EF NibThis nib, released in 2019, has an exceptionally fine tip, allowing for exquisite hairlines and great cross hatching. One nib tester found that he could draw finer lines with this nib than he could with a Micron 005...
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    N15-S5. Mitchell Witch Pen Set of 5. Sizes: 1 (2mm), 2 (3mm), 2.5 (4mm), 3 (5mm), 4 (6mm) Square cornered, but with rolled over writing edge which allows pen to glide over rough surfaces. Works well on grained or coarse paper. Pen is a complete unit with...
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    N15. Mitchell Witch Pens. Square cornered, but with a rolled over writing edge which allows pen to glide over rough surfaces. Works well on grained or coarse paper. Pen is a complete unit with nib, reservoir and plastic holder.
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  • Mitchell Triangular Pen Holder (#53)
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    Mitchell Triangular Pen Holder (#53)

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    H83. Mitchell Triangular Penholder (#53).Plastic triangular holder, great for Mitchell Elbow Nibs. Also fits Gillott 303, 404, Nikko G, and other large nibs.JNB Item Code: H83Item Name: Mitchell Triangular Pen Holder (#53)Grip Diameter...
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    N07. Mitchell Reservoirs. These slide on under the nib for the Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs. You may need to adjust them slightly, but this is no problem as the metal bends easily. They do not work with the Mitchell Scroll Nibs; those nibs are too...
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    Mitchell Round Hand Left Set 10/02

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    N05-S10A. Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs (Left Hand) Set of 11 with 2 reservoirs.Included sizes:Size 0 = 3.3mmSize 1 = 3mmSize 1-1/2 = 2.5mmSize 2 = 2.3mmSize 2-1/2 = 1.8mmSize 3 = 1.4mmSize 3-1/2 = 1mmSize 4 = 0.9mmSize 5 = 0.75mmSize 6 = 0.6mm Flexible...
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    N05. Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs (Left-Hand) Left oblique cut. Sizes: 0 (3.3mm), 1 (3mm), 1-1/2 (2.5mm), 2 (2.3mm), 2-1/2 (1.8mm), 3 (1.4mm), 3-1/2 (1mm), 4 (0.9mm), 5 (.75mm), 5.5 (.675mm), 6 (.6mm). Flexible calligraphy nibs from England...
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    N04. Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs. Straight cut.  Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including...
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  • Mitchell Elbow Nib
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    Mitchell Elbow Nib

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    N80. Mitchell Elbow Nib.These offset nibs allows you to write copperplate with a straight (not oblique) holder. These have a larger base than most nibs. Mitchell 0742F.Fits holder H83 (Mitchell #53 Holder).- Made in England- Bronze-finish steel- Stamped...
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  • Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (2 Res) Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (2 Res)
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    Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (2 Res)

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    N04-S10A. Set of 10 Mitchell (Rexel Round Hand) Nibs with 2 reservoirs. The set includes sizes: 0 (3.3mm), 1 ( 3mm), 1-1/2 (2.5mm), 2(2.3mm), 2-1/2 (1.8mm), 3 (1.4mm), 3-1/2 (1mm), 4 (0.9mm), 5 (.75mm), 6 (.6mm).Flexible calligraphy nibs from England...
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    Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (10 Res)

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    N04-S10B. Set of 10 Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs with 10 Reservoirs. Set includes sizes: 0 (3.3mm), 1 ( 3mm), 1-1/2 (2.5mm), 2(2.3mm), 2-1/2 (1.8mm), 3 (1.4mm), 3-1/2 (1mm), 4 (0.9mm), 5 (.75mm), 6 (.6mm).Flexible calligraphy nibs from England...
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  • Mitchell #0268 Music Writing Nib (3 tine)
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    Mitchell #0268 Music Writing Nib (3 tine)

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    N164. Mitchell #0268 Music Writing Nib (3 tine)This narrow square-cut nib has a good amount of flex, making it work for broad-edged alphabets that involve pressure/release techniques. Instead of 2 tines, this nib has 3 tines. Carol DuBosch uses it to...
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    Mitchell Round Hand Left Set 10/10

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    N05-S10B. Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs (Left Hand) Set of 10 with 10 reservoirs. Included sizes:Size 0 = 3.3mmSize 1 = 3mmSize 1-1/2 = 2.5mmSize 2 = 2.3mmSize 2-1/2 = 1.8mmSize 3 = 1.4mmSize 3-1/2 = 1mmSize 4 = 0.9mmSize 5 = 0.75mmSize 6 = 0...
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  • Hink and Wells 2067EF Nib
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    Hink and Wells 2067EF Nib

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    N162. Hink & Wells 2067EF Nib.This pointed nib, released in 2019, has medium flex. Our testers found the nib has a large ink capacity and an incredibly smooth tip. Suitable for Copperplate or Spencerian, the nib also works well for other pointed pen...
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