nibs of gloryon November 11, 2010 at 1:58 am
While searching the internet for information on pen nibs I came across these incredibly helpful entries by Nick Mullins:
After reading some of his descriptions of various nibs I decided to buy a few. I have been using a hunt 101 (and sometimes the 102) for as long as I can remember but after reading the blog linked above I bought the hunt 100 (that day in town) and ordered the brause 511, brause ef 66, and gillott 303 online (at paperinkarts.com).
Well, it was love at first line with the hunt 100. It is now my favorite nib! It may be cheaply made and easily damaged but it is incredibly dynamic and can produce a huge range of lines from very thick to very thin.
When the other three nibs arrived, they came with two dollars cash and a marker that I didn’t order. The store had compensated me because the shipping cost was lower than what I had paid (due to the order consisting only of nibs). I found this to be nothing short of incredible. I’ve ordered tiny things on ebay and from private sellers on amazon.com that ran between four and seven dollars in shipping. I know that on ebay, jacked up shipping prices add to the sellers profit, so some of the sellers are over-estimating the cost on purpose. But the good people at Paper & Ink Arts seem incapable of enjoying benefits that come unfairly. Bully to you, Paper & Ink Arts!
Anyway, I have only tested the gillott 303 (as I need different holders to test the other two) and I like it a lot. It has a range of line thickness comparable to the hunt 100 but it is a bit more sturdy. With this sturdiness comes a downside however. The gillott 303 is slower to bend and so it takes more effort to go from thin to thick, which makes it more difficult to transition between thick and thin in a short space. I think I may like the hunt 100 more, but I can’t really know until I put in a significant amount of hours behind both pens.
If you love pen and ink you should definitely check out Nick’s blog posts. http://www.nijomu.com/?cat=37
Until next time, seek mastery,