A Guide to Choosing Fountain Pen Nibs: Understanding the Basics

A Guide to Choosing Fountain Pen Nibs: Understanding the Basics

Fountain pens are a timeless writing instrument that offer a unique writing experience. They come in a variety of colors, materials, and styles, but one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a fountain pen is the nib.

The nib is the tip of the pen that comes into contact with the paper and creates the writing line. With so many different nib sizes and materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick the right one. 

In this guide, we'll help you understand the different nibs available and how to choose the best one for you.


The Basics of Fountain Pen Nibs

Fountain pen nibs come in a range of sizes, from Extra Fine (EF) to Double Broad (BB). The size of the nib will determine the width of the line it creates on paper. For example, a fine nib will create a thin, precise line, while a broad nib will create a wider, bolder line.

It's important to note that the width of the line created by a nib can vary based on the type of paper you use. Thicker paper will allow for a bolder line, while thinner paper may result in a lighter, more delicate line.

In addition to size, fountain pen nibs can also be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold, and titanium. The material of the nib can also affect the writing experience, with gold nibs offering a smoother, more flexible writing experience compared to stainless steel nibs.


Choosing the Right Nib for Your Writing Needs

With so many nib sizes and materials to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. In the following sections, we'll go over the most common nib sizes and recommend the best use cases for each one.


Medium Nibs

A medium nib is a great starting point for those who are new to fountain pens or are looking for an all-around writing experience. It creates a line that is neither too thin nor too thick, making it ideal for everyday writing.

If you're looking for a medium nib, we recommend Ellington Pens. We currently offer medium nibs that are well-crafted and suitable for a variety of writing styles.


Extra Fine (EF) and Fine (F) Nibs

If you have small handwriting or you like to write with a thin, precise line, an EF or F nib may be right for you. These nibs are perfect for those who enjoy calligraphy, journaling, or note-taking. Keep in mind, these nibs may require a light touch and a steady hand to create the desired line.

Additionally, if you're writing on thin paper, be aware that the ink may bleed through the paper, affecting the appearance of your writing.

We're excited to announce that Ellington Pens will soon launch a new collection carrying EF and F nib sizes! So if you're in the market for a fine nib, be sure to keep an eye out for our latest release.


Broad (B) and Double Broad (BB) Nibs

If you have larger handwriting or you enjoy writing with a bolder line, a B or BB nib may be the way to go. These nibs are ideal for those who enjoy lettering, sketching, or making a statement with their writing.

However, they may require a little more pressure when writing and can sometimes bleed through thin paper. It's important to find a balance between pressure and ink flow to avoid smudging or feathering.


In conclusion, the size of the nib is just one of the many factors to consider when choosing a fountain pen.

By understanding the different nibs available and the type of writing they're best suited for, you can choose the perfect pen for your writing needs. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned fountain pen enthusiast, we hope this guide has been helpful in your search for the perfect nib.

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