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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19 Reviews

  • 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.

  • 5

    My Favorite

    Posted by Fiona J. on Nov 15th 2021

    I'm taking a basic online calligraphy class and this nib has been my favorite.

  • 5

    Brause Blue Pumpkin

    Posted by Debbie G on Nov 14th 2021

    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.

  • 5

    Perfect Combo

    Posted by Maddy on Nov 13th 2021

    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!

  • 5

    Gillott 303

    Posted by Erica on Nov 3rd 2021

    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.

  • 5

    Brause 361 Nib

    Posted by Cindy on Oct 18th 2021

    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.

  • 4

    Great Nib

    Posted by Arlene Padden on Sep 27th 2017

    This is a good quality nib that can produce fine hairlines and large swells. Very smooth and easy to use. Would definitely purchase again.

  • 5

    Oh wow!

    Posted by Roland B Morris on Mar 16th 2017

    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.

  • 5

    Master Scribe

    Posted by Anthony on Mar 13th 2012

    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.

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