Fountain pen nibs sizes
Most pens bought within the traditional is going to be fitted with a method (M) nib. Whilst this will suit a lot of people's writing, it's not going to suit everybody else which is the reason why, whenever we can, we provide many options of nib point dimensions.
Here's a brief description of commonly found nib kinds (note: most pencils have are just some of these choices!).
Common nib sizes
- EF (extra-fine). A nib that will offer a range width of approximately 0.4mm. Ideal for those with very small writing.
- (good). A nib which will provide a range width of around 0.6mm. Ideal for individuals with tiny writing.
- M (medium). A nib that will provide a line width of approximately 0.8mm. Suited to people that have average-size handwriting.
- B (broad or strong). A nib that may give a line width of approximately 1.0mm. Suited to individuals with huge writing or even for signatures.
- A ("Anfänger" = beginner). a curved point made by Lamy for the abc and nexx water feature pens, although we are able to fit this nib to virtually any Lamy pen that takes a steel nib. Made for newbies and younger authors. Between good and moderate lined up width.
Professional nib sizes
- Italic (eg IF, IM, IB, 1.1mm, 1.5mm etc). A nib floor so the tip is level instead of curved and often an untipped steel nib. Built to offer extreme line difference between wide down-strokes and slim side-strokes in the manner of a calligraphy pen. Usually specified regarding circumference (in mm). Most factory-produced italic nibs are in reality stub- or cursive-italics indicating the sides of this nib tend to be rounded therefore allow continuous writing unlike a suitable calligraphy nib that needs much higher care. Common designations tend to be: MI or IM (method italic), 1.1mm, 1.5i etc.
- Stub or ST. A more rounded, mild form of an italic nib such that great range variation is produced. Like italic nibs, they're frequently specified regarding width (in mm). Less demanding when it comes to angle into the page than an italic or stub-italic nib. Often labelled S or ST.
- NP (needlepoint). A rather tiny point to provide an incredibly fine line. Sometimes described as XXF or EEF (extra-extra-fine). Usually just on Japanese pencils (see below).
- BB or 2B or EB (extra-broad). A nib that may provide a line width of approximately 1.2mm. Suited to people that have huge writing and for signatures. Typically offers good range variation. Categorised as "double-broad" but this is often confusing due to the fact line width isn't two times that of a diverse nib (from exact same manufacturer).
- BBB or 3B or EEB (extra-extra-broad). A nib which will offer a line width of approximately 1.4mm. Gives big flowing outlines and good difference between down-strokes (wide) and side-strokes (less broad). Today extremely unusual.
- OM, OB etc (oblique medium, oblique wide an such like). A nib floor so your tip mountains to the left, instead like your left-foot. Made for those article authors that either turn the pen anti-clockwise or hold the pen at a silly angle. Remember that oblique nibs do not typically give more line difference than a regular rounded point unless particularly reported otherwise (quite simply, they are not italic style nibs). Often wrongly branded as "left-handed", but there is no such thing (see right here).
- LH (left-hand, eg Pelikano and Lamy). a method nib but with the idea formed so that it may be much more suited to left-handed article authors, particularly those who hold their above the distinct composing ("over-writers").
- MK (curved medium). A unique nib created by Lamy with a far more rounded point in a way that the direction of the pen in accordance with the paper is less vital than a typical point and therefore easier for newbies. The designation is not any much longer utilized however the present Lamy method nib is built to similar specification while the MK.
- Songs. A form of stub or italic nib to give the broad difference of line widths essential for writing songs ratings.
- Zoom. An unique nib made by Sailor that offers many range widths. When used normally it creates a generous wide line. As soon as the pen is raised to boost the position into the report, the range becomes narrower. Alternatively, when the pen is held at a shallow angle the range is larger. This nib now offers an extra-fine (EF) line whenever made use of inverted.
- ROM (reverse-oblique method etc). A nib floor such that it slopes to the right, instead like your right base. Occasionally ideal for left-handed individuals. Sometimes confusingly called right oblique. Extremely uncommon.
Eventually, there is absolutely no standard for nib point sizes. For That Reason:
- It is possible for a pen with a medium nib becoming comparable to another brand labelled B or F.
- Many metallic nibs have actually a finer point than the comparable gold nib. This is certainly real for Pelikan, Lamy (except the Lamy 2000 water fountain pen), Edison and Bexley.
- Broadly speaking, Japanese-made pencils have finer nibs than American pens which are in turn finer than European pencils. However, numerous nibs are produced in Germany both for European and United states pens.
If for example the very first selection of nib is certainly not very correct we'll constantly alter this obtainable totally free (subject to accessibility). There is no need to deliver the pen to a distributor or producer you have perhaps not handled before.