Brause Steno Nib 361

Item Code: N90
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Buy 50 or more for $1.74 each


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: She teaches a very popular, 8-week, live-taught online class, Modern Calligraphy 101.

This nib is in the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers (N154 & N117-1).

Quantity prices available at 10 & 50.

- Excellent for pointed pen scripts
- In JNB Pointed Nib Sampler (N154)
- Made in Germany
- Blued Steel, rounded shape with cut-outs
- Stamped on nib: Brause / No. 361 / Iserlohn / Germany

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Master Scribe
Mar 13, 2012  |  By Anthony
This is great for Spencerian scripts in my manuscripts and books. The nib I highly flexible and easily changes sizes if you are trying to write a manuscript you should be very experienced with how to change the sizes of such large nibs.

Oh wow!
Mar 16, 2017  |  By Roland B Morris
Oh wow, that's one of the nicest things I've ever written with! Very smooth with a nice transition from fine to broad. You can't go wrong. Really high quality nib. Highly recommended.

Great Nib
Sep 27, 2017  |  By Arlene Padden
This is a good quality nib that can produce fine hairlines and large swells. Very smooth and easy to use. Would definitely purchase again.

Brause 361 Nib
Oct 18, 2021  |  By Cindy
I find that the Brause 361 nib has the perfect combination--it has a smooth-writing fine tip and just awesome flexibility. I combines what I like about the Hunt 101 (fine tip) and the Nikko G (smooth writing) without the scratchiness of the 101 and the lack of flex of the Nikko G.

Gillott 303
Nov 3, 2021  |  By Erica
This is an incredibly sharp nib which can be scratchy, and sometime it splits and splats. If have one that is uncooperative, try another. A good Gillott 303 will give barely there hairlines and satisfying thicks. The pen won't sail around the page for breezy Modern Calligraphy, but for Copperplate Script or Engrossers Script it can work magic, but you have to go slow and steady. Best on very smooth paper.

Perfect Combo
Nov 13, 2021  |  By Maddy
I used the Hunt 101and loved the flex, but I hated the scratchiness. Next, I used various of the G nibs--they were not scratchy, but were definitely not as flexible as the Hunt 101. The Brause Steno (Blue Pumpkin) is the perfect combo: a smooth, fine tip and superior flex!

Brause Blue Pumpkin
Nov 14, 2021  |  By Debbie G
The Brause Blue Pumpkin nib (Steno Nib) has quickly surpassed the Nikko G as my favorite nib for writing (calligraphy). It has more flex than the Nikko G . I think it is a great nib for both beginners and for experienced pointed-pen users.

My Favorite
Nov 15, 2021  |  By Fiona J.
I'm taking a basic online calligraphy class and this nib has been my favorite.

a really high quality nib
Nov 16, 2021  |  By Cynthia C
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.

Great for rougher papers
Nov 17, 2021  |  By Violet
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.

Dec 7, 2021  |  By Amanda T
This nib provides wonderful line variation. I use it for drawing.

Brause Steno
Dec 8, 2021  |  By Carol Anderson
This is really a fun nib that rewards play. The line variation is nice.

Great Customer Service
Dec 9, 2021  |  By Avery
As always your customer service is appreciated and I'll definitely be putting in other orders soon.

Brause Steno is a joy
Dec 10, 2021  |  By Jeffery P.
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.

Brause Steno (Blue Pumpkin) is a great nib
Dec 13, 2021  |  By angela
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.

My favorite nib for drawing
Dec 14, 2021  |  By Nancy H
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.

Brause Blue Pumpkin
Dec 15, 2021  |  By Jenn
Very smooth writing, with great flex, and nice and fine tip...the blue pumpkin is a pleasure to write with.