Gillott 303 Nib

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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…

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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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12 Reviews

  • 5

    A must-have

    Posted by Paulina Michaud on Feb 6th 2024

    Gilliot 303 nib is one of my favorites. It makes beautiful hairlines and has the right flexibility to get a nice calligraphy contrast. A must-have for me.

  • 5


    Posted by FABIOLA RIOS on Mar 24th 2023


  • 5

    Love this nib for small x heights

    Posted by Helga Sheppard on Nov 21st 2022

    Love this nib for small x heights! Tried the 404 but found that it requires quite a bit of pressure to produce the thicker swells I prefer. As a result, the sharp tip would also pick up paper fibres. The 303 solves those problems and still has the benefits I found with the 404- great control, very thin hairlines and thick swells, perfect for small x heights - 3mm.

  • 5

    Gillott 303

    Posted by Sheila Ryan on Jul 18th 2022

    Excellent service! Quick delivery. Packaged well. Love the new nib. Will be ordering more from this business.

  • 5

    Gillott 303

    Posted by Steve K on Jan 27th 2022

    The Gillott 303 is one of my three go-to nibs. The other two are Hunt 101 and Hunt 22B

  • 5

    So Helpful

    Posted by Gina Smythe on Nov 24th 2021

    The person at John Neal was so helpful! It is great to be able to talk to someone on the phone!!!

  • 5

    Keep your hand light

    Posted by Stacy P. on Nov 17th 2021

    The Gillott 303 can be somewhat tricky to work with, but it is probably one of the best Copperplate nibs out there if you can keep your hand light enough.

  • 5

    Very Serviceable for Copperplate Script

    Posted by JOHN NEAL on Nov 5th 2021

    Joe Vitolo in his book Learn to Write Script in the Copperplate Style recommends this nib as very serviceable for Copperplate Script. For this script he writes: The nib must have a sufficiently flexible point to allow for the formation of shaded down strokes by applying downward pressure to the pen. It should also be sharp enough to allow for fine hairlines to contrast the shades. Other modern nibs he recommends for Copperplate-style scripts are the Leonardt Principal, Gillott 1068A, Hunt 22b, and Hunt 56.

  • 5


    Posted by Kevin on Oct 2nd 2021

    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.

  • 5

    Gillott 303 great for Copperplate

    Posted by Marty on Aug 16th 2021

    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).

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