Brause 66EF Nib

Item Code: N70
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EF66 Brause pointed-pen 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."

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)

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.