Brause Steno Nib 361

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N90. Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361). The Brause Steno is also called Brause 361 or the Blue Pumpkin nib, from its rounded shape and blue color. It look likes and basically writes like the Hiro 40 (al…

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N90. Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361).

The Brause Steno is also called Brause 361 or the Blue Pumpkin nib, from its rounded shape and blue color. It look likes and basically writes like the Hiro 40 (also called Blue Pumpkin), but the Brause Steno is stiffer, better made, and gives thinner hairlines and is more beginner friendly. Some calligraphers find it also holds more ink than Hiro 40 and that it works better with thicker inks like sumi and not as well with thinner inks like Pelikan 4001. The Brause Steno has moderate flex, and needs but a little pressure for shaded strokes. While suitable for Copperplate, it may be now used more often for Modern Calligraphy. Excluding the "G" pens, Brause Steno nibs last much longer than most other current pointed nibs.

The Brause Steno is the "SECOND FAVORITE overall nib" of Shinah of Crooked Calligraphy. She notes that it "holds a good amount of ink" and has a "rounder tip—so it works on rougher surfaces." Shinah discusses in more detail her five favorite nibs (Nikko G, Brause Steno, Brause 66EF, Leonard Hiro 41, and Hunt 101) here:

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18 Reviews

  • 4
    Almost Perfect

    Posted by Scott Ralston on Nov 29th 2023

    This is an excellent nib for flourishing and drawing. However, there's a couple of things to be aware of. With thinner inks, it has a tendency to distribute all its ink with the slightest pressure, and it uses a lot of ink.

  • 5
    Brause Blue Pumpkin

    Posted by Jenn on Dec 15th 2021

    Very smooth writing, with great flex, and nice and fine tip...the blue pumpkin is a pleasure to write with.

  • 5
    My favorite nib for drawing

    Posted by Nancy H on Dec 14th 2021

    This is my favorite nib. The nib is full of flex and line variation is super easy. I use it for inking drawings. I'm not a calligrapher.

  • 5
    Brause Steno (Blue Pumpkin) is a great nib

    Posted by angela on Dec 13th 2021

    This is a great nib with plenty of flex. If you are doing thick downstrokes that this nib allows, you need to constantly dip it in ink--it runs out quickly. This is to be expected, but I'm going to do more careful prep on a new nib to remove the coating and see if it will then hold more ink.

  • 5
    Brause Steno is a joy

    Posted by Jeffery P. on Dec 10th 2021

    I purchased this nib with the Nikko G, the Nikko was stiffer than I wanted--the pressure required to create the thicker strokes was too much for me. The Brause Steno has a delightful flex--doing calligraphy with it is a joy.

  • 5
    Great Customer Service

    Posted by Avery on Dec 9th 2021

    As always your customer service is appreciated and I'll definitely be putting in other orders soon.

  • 5
    Brause Steno

    Posted by Carol Anderson on Dec 8th 2021

    This is really a fun nib that rewards play. The line variation is nice.

  • 5

    Posted by Amanda T on Dec 7th 2021

    This nib provides wonderful line variation. I use it for drawing.

  • 5
    Great for rougher papers

    Posted by Violet on Nov 17th 2021

    This is my favorite nib for Modern Calligraphy. It's not-so-sharp point means it glide on the page and even works on rougher papers.

  • 5
    a really high quality nib

    Posted by Cynthia C on Nov 16th 2021

    Especially as a beginner, it takes some time to learn how to use this nib, but once you get the hang of it, the Brause Steno nib writes beautifully. The nib is also called the Blue Pumpkin nib and is a really high quality nib. Make sure you clean the layer of oil on it before you use it. If you don't, nib won't hold sufficient ink. Instead of a nice covering, the ink will bead up on the nib. The nib will quickly run out of ink. At first, I didn't adequately clean the nib, and I could tell the difference in ink retention right away. All new nibs have a similar coating.

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