Brause 66EF Nib
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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…Read More
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: https://www.crookedcalligraphy.com/blog/choosing-calligraphy-nibs. 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 and H97. Oblique Comfort Grip Adjusted Holder Despite its small size, the nib works in standard straight penholders with the metal gripper prongs.
Great free flowing nib
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.