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Information about Fountain Pen Nibs

All of the fountain pens on this site are available with alternative nib sizes, so you don't have to settle for the standard medium nib. Just select the nib grade you want in the drop-down box on the relevant fountain pen product page.

We also offer replacement nibs for many of the fountain pen brands we sell. This means you can buy just the nib section of a pen to replace a broken or worn out nib. We offer nib sections from Parker, Waterman, Lamy, Sheaffer, Diplomat and Faber-Castell. Use the 'pen nibs' section on the menu above to select the nib you need.


Selecting a suitable nib

Which fountain pen nib you use is all about your writing style and personal preference. We've listed the most common nib choices below.

If you are buying a gift and are unsure as to which nib to choose then we recommend you use the size of the user's handwriting as a guide. Those with small handwriting will generally prefer a finer nib grade, while broader nib grades are generally more suited to larger handwriting.


Extra extra fine nib

Extra extra fine nib

An extremely fine point for precise figure work.

Not intended for general writing.

Extra fine nib

Extra fine nib

For fine line writing with a light touch.

Fine nib

Fine nib

Excellent for general writing and note taking.

Moderate pressure produces a fine line.

Medium nib

Medium nib

For average writing pressure, average line width.

General all-round use.

Broad nib

Broad nib

A heavier, rounded point for wide lines.

Extra broad nib

Extra broad nib

A large rounded point excellent for heavy lines and bold signatures.

Extra extra broad nib

Extra extra broad nib

Developed for people who like to write boldly and rapidly and want a special flourish to their signatures.



Oblique nibs and italic nibs

Oblique nib

Oblique nib

For those who slant the pen when they write.

Nib angled 15° left.

Reverse oblique nib

Reverse oblique nib

Suitable for left handers.

Angled 15° to the right.

Straight italic nib

Straight italic nib

Cut straight across.

Stub nib

Stub nib

Another version of the broad nib.

Produces a fine horizontal line and a broad vertical line.



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