Ink Cage Reservoir + Nib

Item Code: N204


N204. Ink Cage Nib.

April 2022: Titanium Zebra G is currently unavailable.

The revolutionary Ink Cage is a reservoir for pointed pen nibs. It allows you to write or flourish much longer before re-dipping. The Ink Cage is sold permanently attached to the nib of your choice. It is not removable or reusable.

Choose Ink Cage Nib:
Titanium Zebra G
Zebra G (steel)
Brause Rose
Nikko G
Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361)
Leonardt Principal EF
Hunt 101
Gillott 404
Brause 66EF

- Use Ink Cage Nibs with fountain pen inks, calligraphy inks, sumi and India inks without shellac (check label on bottle or online sources), and thinned gouache or watercolor.
- Some inks may need to be thinned to work properly. Distilled water is recommended for this.
- Insert Ink Cage Nibs into penholders by grasping the sides of the nib to prevent damage to the Ink Cage.
- With Ink Cage Nibs you will write a great deal longer: 1-1/2 or twice as long as the nib without the Ink Cage, or perhaps longer.
- Provides more consistent flow, similar to working with a fountain pen
- For best performance with Sumi and waterproof inks, rinse in water occasionally while writing. How often depends on ink buildup.

- For water-based inks (non-waterproof), clean the nib by dipping it several times in a small jar of water.
- For cleaning heavier pigmented inks, add a small amount of pen cleaner (90% water/10% cleaner). Add Higgins, Speedball or Ziller Pen Cleaners to the water.
- Then, to dry, pat on a folded piece of paper towel, rolling the nib back and forth on both sides, being careful on the cage side.
- Some people use a small hair dryer to finish drying their nibs.
- You do not have to take the nib out of the holder to clean it.
- A little ink residue or staining in the cage area will not affect the nib's performance.
- Do not soak nibs in pure cleaning solution or use hot water to clean.
- Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended for the Ink Cage Nibs.

Click here for important cleaning instructions.

Q and A



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Get. it.
Dec 7, 2016  |  By gkwp
Got the titanium Zebra G and Hunt 101. THRILLED! I don't want to write with anything else--I can write lines and lines without dipping. The Zebra G hairlines are incredible. I feel like these make writing easy.

Jan 26, 2017  |  By Janet Furr
I received this nib 2 days ago, but only began to try it out tonight. WOW!! Immediately it responded beautifully with shades and fine hairlines. No scratchiness, no dragging on the upstrokes, absolutely no blobbing! I've never had a nib that worked so perfectly out of the gate. I have tried the Brause Rose Cage, the EF Principal Cage and the Nikko G Cage, (and numerous regular pointed nibs) but had problems with most of them except for them except for the Rose Cage which eventually (with a bit of fine sandpaper) didn't catch on the upstrokes. If all nibs were as perfect as this Hunt 101 Cage, I would feel as if I were in Calligraphy Paradise!

Jun 2, 2017  |  By Michelle
I have the Blue Pumpkin Nib + Cage and the Leonardt Principal Nib + Cage. I was able to write out three sentences with the Moon Palace Sumi ink with both nibs and didn't have to re-dip once! I highly recommend shelling out the extra few bucks for a nib with an ink cage, especially if you tend to write/draw quite a bit with your pointed pen.

Brause Rose w/ Ink Cage
Feb 14, 2018  |  By Rebecca Lawrence
Lovely invention! Holds the ink in the nib for lines & lines! I'm not very clever w/ the Rose yet, but I sense it might be even more finicky w/o the cage to slow down the flow some - I've already managed to get it to blow out a blob, but it did so in a much more contained version than normally. Glad to have it.

Feb 15, 2018  |  By Jake Bialos
Having purchased the HUNT 101 Nib with Ink Cage, I am happy to report complete satisfaction. Especially when executing long swooping flourishes or connecting script hand lettering, the cage gives one the advantage of a long line without having to refill. I have many nibs and love them all but the HUNT with Cage is just the most versatile for reliable, sensitive and extended calligraphy. I will certainly get more "caged" nibs when I order next... Worth the price for certain.

Best nib on the planet
Feb 20, 2018  |  By Carrie
I LOVE this nib! It makes working on a project much less stressful. Never blobs, always smooth. Ordering a few more to have on hand. Well worth the money.

Love these!
May 10, 2018  |  By Pamela
These work great--I wish they were offered in a wide variety of nibs.

Absolutely brilliant!
Dec 17, 2020  |  By Carole
Though I love the regular Blue Pumpkin nib, I never use it because I can only write about one to two words with fountain pen ink ; the Brause EF66, with its small size, holds the ink so much better. I only just came across these nibs a week ago and had to try it out. With an ink cage, I was able to write a half a page with the Blue Pumpkin and fountain pen ink - would have been more except I got called away. I love this nib! The insert that comes with the nib warns that with normal ink, you should clean the nib out frequently and I expect that's true, but with fountain pen ink, it cleans out completely with just water.

Ink Cage
Oct 26, 2021  |  By Jessica
I was surprised with how much more ink the nib held! You really should try one!

Ink Cage
Oct 26, 2021  |  By Jessica
I was surprised with how much more ink the nib (Brause 66EF) held! This should be in every calligraphers toolbox!

Ink Cage Reservoir
Oct 26, 2021  |  By Carole
The ink cage is a little spring that is attached the underside of the nib. The spring collects and holds more ink than the nib would normally carry. It is certainly surprising how much more it holds than a plain nib without the ink cage. I got the Brause 66EF and am going to order some of the others. With the ink cage nib you can letter a whole sheet with just one dip! For me it is worth the extra cost.

Highly recommend
Dec 23, 2021  |  By Sarah
These nibs are truly amazing! I'm going to need one of each! Great product! Also shipping was very quick!

Mar 31, 2022  |  By Anne Louise Angora
These nibs are great!!!

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Aug 26, 2022  |  By Anne Angora
This nib is great !

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Sep 26, 2022  |  By Anne Angora
These cage nibs are great!!!

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Nov 28, 2022  |  By Anne Angora
I love to use this nib with finetec arabic gold and other colors. Please notify me when you have more of them. Merry Christmas!