Brause 66EF Nib

Item Code: N70
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N70. Brause 66EF Nib.

A very popular and versatile nib for Copperplate and Modern Calligraphy. It is very flexible and can provide great contrast between thin and thick strokes. Moderate pressure will produce swells, and by pressing harder, bold strokes are possible. With its fine hairlines, the nib works for very small writing, to a 1/8-inch x-height. This nib is of consistent manufacture (defective nibs are rare). It tends to catch less on upstrokes than other extra-fine pointed nibs, making it more suitable for papers with some texture. This nib is well-suited for intermediate and advanced calligraphers, but it is not recommended for beginners. Because of its shape, it is also called Arrow Nib.

Linda Schneider's favorite pointed nib is the Brause 66EF. It is the one she uses most often; she says it is "tiny, but mighty." She notes how it writes longer on one dip than most larger nibs (it may be small, but it holds a lot of ink) and that its flexibility allows for especially nice thicks. With the Brause 66EF she can get the "tiniest of hairlines and beautiful swells."

Shinah of Crooked Calligraphy notes that the EF66 Brause nib "writes LARGER than you would think for its tiny size" and that the nib is "very flexible--so you can get fairly thin hairlines and super FAT downstrokes." She also notes the Brause 66EF can be hard to get started--you may have to tap or create a tick mark in order to get your ink flowing." Shinah discusses in more detail her five favorite nibs (Nikko G, Brause Steno, Brause 66EF, Leonard Hiro 41, and Hunt 101) here: She teaches a very popular, 8-week, live-taught online class, Modern Calligraphy 101.

- Excellent for pointed pen scripts
- Very flexible, fine thins and thick swells possible
- In JNB Pointed Nib Sampler (N154)
- Made in Germany
- bright-finish steel
- Stamped on nib: Brause / 66EF / Iserlohn
- EF stands for Extra Fine

The nib's shaft has a tight curvature and needs a specially adjusted oblique holder. These oblique penholders are available adjusted specifically for the Brause 66EF:
H115. Adjusted Turned Wood Oblique Holder
H96. Black Oblique Plastic Holder (Comfort-Grip)
H130. Blue Oblique Plastic Holder (Comfort-Grip)

Despite its small size, the nib works in standard straight penholders with the metal gripper prongs

The nib's tip can be clipped and polished to produce a narrow, very flexible, broad-edged nib (See page 35 of Bound & Lettered 12.3 for instructions).

See Tabellae Ansata issue 2.4 for an article that discuss the characteristics in detail of the various pointed nibs.

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Brause EF 66 Nibs
Apr 15, 2012  |  By Elizabeth Connelly
I found these nibs through the intellectual generosity of Kim at The Constant Scribe. The work looks so much more dramatic with very little effort.

Fantastic nib for copperplate.
May 24, 2012  |  By Pradeep
I loved this nib. Its delicate enough to give good swells but not so delicatethat I fear damaging it. Works fantastic with India ink as well.

Perfect nib
Feb 24, 2013  |  By Mother of the Bride
I am a self-taught calligrapher. I taught myself Copperplate, so that I could address my daughter's wedding invitations. I experimented with markers, pens, and finally with these nibs. The Brause 66EF nibs are SUPERIOR to anything else that I tried and I will never use anything else for Copperplate. You get great swells & very thin upstroke lines. You CAN NOT go wrong with these nibs! I used an oblique pen holder and recommend getting one of those, too!

Amazing Nib!
May 30, 2013  |  By D.
I am just starting out with copperplate and wanted a flexible nib that could give both very fine hairlines and fat swells. I had seen Hamid Reza Ebrahimi's copperplate videos and heard about his Brause No. 86 nib, which I don't think exists anymore. Thus, I wanted a really good, next-best-thing, "soggy noodle" nib to eventually hopefully produce work like his. This nib arrived in three days and I am AMAZED at the results! With very little pressure the tines pull apart, and when you feel you can't apply any more pressure, it will spring right back when you release. My only note is that it seems to catch the paper a bit on the upstrokes, but that may just be my technique or the paper I'm using (printer paper). By the way, I am using the Speedball Deluxe Comfort Grip pen/nib holder, also from this website. You can get it custom-fitted to the 66ef, and it feels pretty much like a straight holder. Overall, a great buy!

Keep going back
Jun 24, 2013  |  By Koni Warren
My skill is intermediate with a medium to firm hand. I use this nib for copperplate. I have made a point of trying every nib (appropriate for script) in hopes of improving my copperplate. I just keep coming back to Brause 66 extra fine. It works for me.

Great for thick and thin lines
Aug 16, 2015  |  By Laura
I am a lefty and struggle with most nibs being too scratchy on the upstrokes when they are fine nibs. This one I love due to the smooth hair-thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes. Not the best choice for beginners who aren't familiar with flexible nibs that require expertise in applying pressure, but if you already got the hang of things, it's one of my favorites.

Excellent nib (but not for beginners)
Aug 24, 2021  |  By Neil
I agree with the other reviews of how wonderful this nib is. The nib is very flexible and gives thick, juicy swells without a lot of pressure and the hairlines are fine. It is one of the best for copperplate. But in the hands of a novice calligraphy, it's sharpness and flex can cause frustration. So if this nib is giving you fits, try a stiffer, not so sharp nib. If you are a true beginner, try the Nikko G.

66ef Brause
Sep 16, 2021  |  By Sylvia
It took me a long time to get the hang of this quite soft nib. The EF66 Brause nib requires a light hand. Mild pressure can produce monster line variation. It is amazing - when you consider the size of the nib. Just looking at the EF66 Brause, you don't expect such flex from this tiny and very cute nib.

ef 66 brause
Sep 17, 2021  |  By Sarah H.
This is in fact a smaller nib than you would expect from the photo, nonetheless it has a has a lot of flexibility, and goes from fine-line to thick swell with little pressure. It fits nicely in most straight pen holders and is a favorite for calligraphy. Worth the price!

Brause 66 Extra Fine
Sep 17, 2021  |  By Cathy
I love this nib and use all the time to address envelopes and do lettering projects. It is very flexible, so if you have a heavy hand, the Brause 66EF might not be for you. It is so unlike the Nikko G nib, which to me is so stiff.

Brause 66EF
Oct 10, 2021  |  By Lucy
Though I find other nibs work well, the Brause 66EF is the best fit for me and the inks & papers I use, and for the letters I like to make. I will look for a stiffer nib when I take a go at Spencerian--a less flexible nib like the Hunt 22.

This is a great nib
Nov 10, 2021  |  By Marie
The EF66 Brause is a great nib. It makes thin, fine lines on the upstrokes as well as heavy, thick lines on the downstrokes, depending on the pressure you use. But it does take some practice to get the hang of it.

Excellent Nib
Nov 10, 2021  |  By Marcy
This is an excellent nib. It is fairly sharp so it works best with an oblique penholder with a metal flange, adjusted so the nib is at a low angle to the paper. In such a holder it writes effortlessly, rarely catching on the up strokes. With a light touch, it makes very fine lines. And with pressure it ranges up to thick swelled strokes. Standard metal flange holder will need the curvature of the flange adjusted (or purchase one already adjusted). This adjustment is easiest on holders with removeable flanges (Moblique, Dual Use, Turned Wood). Remove the flange, insert the nib, bend flange to shape around the nib with small needle nose pliers. Easiest is to purchase a holder pre-adjusted for this nib.

A Super Nib
Nov 14, 2021  |  By Nancy X
This is a super nib if you have (or develop) a light touch. With only a bit of pressure, the tines of the Brause 66EF nib will splay enough for a nicely wide line. And when you lightly push your upstrokes, you get a nice fine line, without the catching that can happen with sharper nibs (Hunt 101, Gillott 303), especially if you are using an oblique holder with a metal flange. If you are used to using a Nikko G or a Zebra G, this nib is very different.

Needs Adjusted Holder
Nov 14, 2021  |  By Stacy Philips
As a right-hander, I use an oblique holder with a metal flange for pointed pen scripts. This allows me to get the slant that these scripts...Copperplate, Engrossers, Spencerian Script, Modern Calligraphy... require. That said, you will need to adjust your flange for this nib. It has a tight curve, and it does not fit in the standard flange. Or you can purchase a holder already adjusted--one specially fitted for this nib. Fortunately, John Neal sells such holders at a reasonable cost.

Super Nib
Dec 3, 2021  |  By Connie Pascoe
This is super nib. It is flexible and makes an awesome stroke contrast. Because of its smaller size, it has to be dipped more frequently, but the results are worth it!

Trusty Nikko G
Dec 4, 2021  |  By Janet Williams
I read the positive reviews and bought this nib, but I found it too flexible and difficult to control. I'm pretty much a beginner. The slightest pressure caused the ends of the nib to separate. I'm back with my trusty Nikko G.

Brause EF66
Dec 5, 2021  |  By Sarah Meader
Though not as easy for beginners as a Nikko G, this nib has everything I need. It is durable, flexible, writes smoothly, and is great for smaller and less stressed letters, It goes a long time on one dip.

Perfect nib
Dec 6, 2021  |  By Becca Howel
The Brause 66EF is the perfect size for small script, which is most of what I write. When I desire flourishing or writing larger letters the nib easily adjusts to the large, juicy swells with a bit more pressure. I love this nib!

Dec 3, 2022  |  By Jjennifer
Great free flowing nib