Gillott 404 Nib

Item Code: N74
Buy 10 or more for $0.75 each
Buy 144 or more for $0.65 each


N74. Gillott 404 Nib.

The Gillott 404 is a popular, sturdy nib. It is long-lasting, fairly stiff nib, and suitable for writing at x-heights from 3/16" to 1/4", on all surfaces from smooth to textured. It is a good choice for beginners (or those with a heavy hand.) Because they require more pressure to create the swells, stiffer nibs are easier to control. With thicker hairlines others, The Gillott 404 is a good choice for work for reproduction. The Gillott 404 is stiffer and less sharp than the Gillott 303 and Gillott 170.

Recommended by Eleanor Winters in her Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (B1109) for beginners and professionals because they "provide fine line quality without being too fragile." Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.

The nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers. The nib is also available in a longer-writing Ink Cage version.

Discounted quantity prices at 10 and at 144.

- Excellent nib for pointed pen scripts
- Good nib for beginners
- Less flexible, less sharp-pointed than Gillott 303
- In JNB Pointed Nib Sampler (N154)
- Made in England
- Blue-finish steel
- Stamped on nib: 404 / Joseph Gillott's / Warranted / England

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Gilott 404
Nov 3, 2021  |  By Erica
I find the Gillott 404 to be a surprisingly smooth, easy to use nib for pointed pen calligraphy. The nib glides from the get-go. It has a nice flex and has reliable thins. The nib just sweeps across the page and gives even thicks, with no glitches.