Monday, May 13th, 2013

Dip Nibs


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The first steel nibbed pens are historically noted as having been produced in 1803 but they may have been in use as early as 1725. Unlike a fountain pen, dip pens have no ink reservoir which means that they must be charged by continuously dipping the nibs in ink. Per Wiki: “Some illustrators and cartoonists (who are the main current users of such pens) are more likely to charge the pen with an eyedropper or a syringe, which gives them more control over the amount of ink applied.”

Brause rosenib076_750

Did you know that Exaclair is the American distributor of Brause nibs? Brause manufactures steel nibs for writing, drawing and decorating. Since 1850, Brause has been crafting a complete set of nibs considered to be one of the best on the market by calligraphers. With over 100 years of manufacturing experience, Brause is one of the rare companies to guarantee an essential quality for its nibs: a subtle balance between relative elasticity for easier writing, and necessary resistance for clear strokes.

Top nib image courtesy of bakanekosan on Instagram.

2 thoughts on “Dip Nibs

  1. A while ago I received a box in the mail from a relative. Inside was pure treasure: part of the contents of an old desk owned by two relatives I’d met as a child and whom I’d thought were the world’s most interesting people…a woman who was a Spanish professor at a university in the 1930’s and her husband, a journalist who’d traveled the world. In and among the bits and small boxes was a cylindrical matchbox from Germany that had been used by the two of them for holding pen nibs of all sorts and styles. Now and then I just spread them out to look…such delicate cuts and swirls…funny how such a daily object can transport a person to another place and time…

  2. If you put a drop of ink on the back of the nib (where the ink stays), you don’t get random blobs like you do from dipping. Cleaner, too. :)

    Works wonders for acrylic ink.

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