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Pointed Nibs

Pointed Nibs

Pointed Nibs

How to prepare a new Pointed Nib for writing.

When you dip your pointed nib in ink, you want to see the ink cover the nib in an even film so that the ink will flow off the nib evenly. New nibs can come with a protective coating to help keep them from rusting. This coating can repel ink, and when you dip your nib in ink, it will form blobs on the nib. When you then try to write, the ink quickly empties off your pen. To avoid this you need to prepare your pen. There are several ways to do this. You will find you can write much longer with a prepared nib. (You may find some nibs do not need to be prepared when using certain inks.) After prepping your nib, it is important to dry it to avoid rust.

Take it off with saliva. With a decent amount of saliva between your fingers, rub the nib for at least a minute. Add more saliva if necessary. Wipe dry.

Scrub it off: Wet the bristles of a soft toothbrush, add a small amount of toothpaste, and brush the nib for 30 seconds or so (toothpaste is slightly abrasive). Rinse your nib with water and wipe it dry to avoid rust. This method can also be used on broad edge pens as well.

Stick it in a potato: Push your nib, about halfway, into an ordinary potato. Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes. Then remove the nib and wipe it dry. The method works best on sturdier nibs. And you can do multiple nibs at the same time.

Burn it off: With your nib in your penholder, pass the nib through a match or lighter flame 3-4 times. Let it cool. The goal is to remove the coating and not change the temper of the steel, so avoid getting the nib too hot.


Click here to view Corinna Taylor's Bound & Lettered article "Pointed Nibs: Not Just for Copperplate."

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    N86. Hunt 56 Nib.The Hunt 56 nib is useful for writing larger letters on smooth or textured papers. The nib is a steady and durable one making it a great nib for beginners. The Hunt 56 produces healthy swells of ink when firm and deliberate pressure is...
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    N98. Hunt 513EF Nib / Globe.Extra fine bowl pointed nib. Fairly stiff, little flex. Use for mono-line lettering or less-stressed Modern Calligraphy styles. Not suitable for Copperplate or Spencerian.- Made in USA- Gray Steel finish- Stamped on Nib: HUNT...
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    N97. Hunt 512 Nib.A stiff bowl pointed nib. Fits easily in H69. Speedball (Hunt) Plastic Holder. It is too large to fit in most other STRAIGHT holders- Made in USA- Bright Steel finish- Stamped on Nib: HUNT / EX-FINE / BOWL POINTED / U.S.A. / 512
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    N93-VRP. Hunt 22 Vintage Nib Round Point."Extra Fine" "Round Point."With the exception of Nikko G, EF Principal and Brause Rose Nibs, they just don't make pointed nibs like they used to. You will find that the Vintage Hunt 22s do write better than most...
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    N93-V. Hunt 22 Vintage Nib (22B) "Extra Fine." With the exception of Nikko G, EF Principal and Brause Rose Nibs, they just don't make pointed nibs like they used to. You will find that the Vintage Hunt 22s do write better than most modern nibs and you...
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    N93-12PK. Hunt 22 Extra Fine - Box of 12A very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very...
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    N93. Hunt 22 Extra FineA very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very thin hairlines and...
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    N152. Hunt 107 Hawk Quill (crowquill pen nib).This is the finest of the Hunt crowquills, best suited for long even lines and cross-hatching.- Made in USA- Tubular staff, requires special holder.- Bright Steel finish- Stamped on Nib: 107
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    N124. Hunt 104. Nib evaluation: "A very nice nib. Can produce some of the very finest hairlines of any modern nib, yet with hardly any scratchiness. Although only modest width shades are possible with this small, rather stiff nib, shades are...
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    N78. Hunt 103 Nib.NOTE: You will receive the vintage version of this nib, while supplies of those nibs last. Vintage versions are of equal or higher quality than those being made currently.The Hunt 103 is a small, flexible, and delicate nib. As it has a...
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    N125. Hunt 102 nib. This mapping nib is a flexible, super fine nib. It allows you to create detailed thicks and thins. - Made in USA- Tubular staff, requires special holder.- Bright Steel finish- Stamped on Nib: 102
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    N77-12PK. Hunt 101 Imperial. Box of 12 nibs.A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on...
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    N77. Hunt 101 Imperial.A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on the upstroke when...
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    N89. Hunt 100 Nib.The Hunt 100 is a small, flexible, and delicate nib. As it has a tendency to catch on a more textured surface, it is recommended for use on smooth papers and are to be handled with an extremely light and sensitive touch. However, this...
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    N81. Plue Pumpkin Nib / Hiro / Leonardt #40 NibThe Hiro #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin) nib no longer has "Hiro" stamped on it; instead, it is now stamped "Leonardt."One of our most popular nibs for Copperplate. Large, durable nib appropriate for writing at...
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    N82. Hiro Crown Nib.Large, durable nib appropriate for writing at x-heights of 3/16" to 1/8". Thicker hairlines than the Hiro #40, but is exceptionally smooth gliding. Moderately thick swells.- Good nib for pointed pen scripts- Smooth writing nib, even...
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    N85. Hiro 800 Nib. A superfine nib (crowquill) for drawing fine lines or very small script. It has a tubular shaft so you need a holder designed for it. (It will not work in a standard penholder.) Measurements: 25mm long x 3mm wide x 3mm in diameter.
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    N83. Hiro 700 Nib. Very smooth writing with easy upstrokes and easy to control swells. For small (but not tiny) writing, with hairlines a bit thicker than most. Holds up well on textured paper. Give this nib a try. Bright "silver".- Made in England-...
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    N111. Hiro 111EF Nib We've had multiple, enthusiastic requests for the HIRO 111EF nib and are now importing it from Britain. Fairly stiff, smooth point. - Made in England - Gray-finish Steel - Stamped in nib: Leonardt / 111EF / England
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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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