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We would like to share with you how to choose the perfect nib!

Not every nib will suit your writing, and we think it is very important to find the one which will help you write more comfortably and smoothly.

We have many examples of diverse brands, which have helped us find out how these nibs write.

For example, as Pelikan says:

“The nib gives handwriting a personal character and makes it an individual and unique handwriting for each and every one of us. The more valuable the material of the nib and the more elaborate the workmanship, the softer the writing will feel”


Nib anatomy


Pelikan uses two kind of nibs:

Straight nibs: 

Straight nibs are easier to write with and allow a fluent handwriting for both casual and experienced writers. Smaller nib widths such as F or EF also allow variable strokes by adjusting the pressure while writing. However, casual writers are recommended to use medium to wide nibs (M, B).

If your writing position rather promotes a straightly held fountain pen, straight nibs (such as EF, F , M, B, BB, 3B) are recommendable. Ideal for left-handers are the nib sizes: F, M and B.

BB Cursive Italic nib

BB Cursive Italic nib


Pelikan's nibs Pelikan's nibs Pelikan's nibs

Slanted nibs.

While allowing a very expressive handwriting with variables strokes, slanted nibs are more difficult to write with.

If your writing position promotes a steeper and left wise slanted writing position, left wise slanted nibs (OM, OB, OBB, O3B) are an option.

Pelikan's nibs


OB nib

OB nib



Slanted or oblique nibs are used by people that have a different kind of writing. This does not mean it is used only by left handed people, but that when they write they lean more to one side than to another.

These types of nibs help this people write more fluidly, since, if they were to write with straight nibs, the trace wouldn’t be constant, and the lines would end and start at different points.

The oblique tip is cut at an angle, usually about 15 degrees, normally from top right to lower left, looking like ones left foot from the top. This is usually called a Left Oblique. Unfortunately, some companies, including Parker Pen, call this a Right Oblique. A true Right Oblique point, also called a Reverse Oblique, has a slant exactly the opposite of a Left Oblique and is used by only a few right-handed writers.

An oblique delivers more subtle line-width variation than stubs and italics because the broadest stroke is the upper-left-to-lower-right diagonal, and if your writing style is typical of most right-handed writers, your characters will have few of these strokes. (www.nibs.com)”

Oblique nibs

European vs Japanese nibs

European nibs are known to be rigid or less flexible to write with than japanese nibs. In addition, the size of the nib is always a point finer than the European.

If you compare both handwritings you will see that Nakaya’s trace is more fine than Pelikan’s.

Pelikan's nibs

Japanese nibs


Nakaya shows us the best way to use each nib, which is the best use we can give to each of them:

Japanese nibs

It may be a lot to take into account, though if you follow these guidelines you will not have to think about which nib to choose each time you buy a fountain Pen.

Look at it as an expression of your personality!

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