Gillott 303 Nib

Item Code: N72
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N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.

Prior to 2016, the nib had spotty quality control, but the manufacturer has re-worked the process and nibs are better and more consistent.

The Gillott 303 (and Gillott 404) are recommended by Eleanor Winters in her book Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy -- though she now thinks the Nikko G is a better nib for beginners.

Manufacture of metal Gillott pen nibs began in 1827, in Birmingham, England, by a company founded by Joseph Gillott. Gillott nibs are still made in the UK.

- Excellent nib for pointed pen scripts
- For intermediate and advanced scribes
- Very flexible, gives fine thins and thick swells
- Sharp point can catch on up strokes, best on smooth paper
- In JNB Pointed Nib Sampler (N154)
- Made in England
- Blue-finish steel
- Stamped on nib: 303 / Joseph Gillott's / Extra Fine / England

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Excellent Nib - quality control could be better
Jul 23, 2013  |  By Salman Khattak
These are excellent nibs when you get a good one. Every once in a while you run into one that is rather temperamental on the upstrokes but the good ones are just superb. Not a beginner's nib but those with a light touch would fall in love with the good ones.

Perfect hairlines
Jun 5, 2015  |  By Jon
The quality control isn't great, but this is one of my favorite pens for Spencerian. The hairlines are remarkably fine and precise - as long as you keep your touch light you will be pleased with the results!

Gillott 303
Mar 20, 2018  |  By Jacqui Saddoris
I have to agree with what the other reviewers said about temperament and quality control. Both the Gillotts I received, this one and the 404, had separated tines. I really wanted to like this one. It has nice hair lines, and nice spread in the tines, but I couldn't get it to start and the bent tines made it even more difficult.

Gillott 303 great for Copperplate
Aug 16, 2021  |  By Marty
The 303 makes exceptionally fine upstrokes and nicely fat downstrokes with the lightest touch. It is not a nib for beginners, who often have a heavy hand. For them, the Gillott 404 would be a better choice (or one of the G-pens).

Oct 2, 2021  |  By Kevin
This is a great calligraphy nib for pointed-pen script, but the Gillott 303 will cause you a lot of frustration as a beginner. It is very sharp, and it will likely catch and splatter on the upstrokes. You need to have a "lighter than air touch" to use the 303 Gillott.