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Three types of pen nib holders are available: standard point, fine point, and crow quill. Standard pen nibs have a larger, half-round body which only fits a standard pen holder. The standard pen holder is also used for scratch art and linoleum cutters.
Standard nibs do not fit in quill or fine point holders. Crow quill pen nibs have a cylindrical holder. Fine point nibs take a holder with a smaller, half round body.
#101 Imperial Nib
Flexible for ornamental work, bronze finish.
#22B Standard Extra Fine Nib
Medium stiff, bronze finish, for ornamental work and ruling.
#512 Bowl Pointed Nib
Fine pen for ruling and lettering.
#513EF Globe Nib
Extra fine bowl pointed for industrial arts.
#56 Standard School Nib
Stiff action, fine drawing pen for student use, bronze finish.
#99 Standard Drawing Nib
Extra fine point especially for drafting and lithography.
Dick Blick Standard Holder
6¾" long, gray plastic holder fits all standard pen points, scratch knives and lino cutters. Not for crow quill or fines point nibs.
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from Springfield Missouri
Comments about Speedball Standard Point Dip Pen Nibs:
I purchased the silver nibs. They write smooth and are easy to use. The silver nibs and the darker nibs fit different holders though. The silver ones have to need the speedball pen holders. Not the standard pen holder. Better labeling for this issue would be great! When I called for help, the issue was resolved quickly and easily though. Will purchase again.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Perfect for my project
from Southbridge Massachusetts
These were the perfect size and shape for making my feather pens
nice nibs, the holder not so nice.
I use these to make drawings using both india ink and fountain pen ink, usually on mixed media paper, bristol, or illustration board. I *haven't* tried 101 or 22B yet. My personal favorite of this group is the 512, which has a nice amount of flex so you can create a wide range of lines without having to press too hard or be overly gentle. It's a good general-purpose nib. The 513 is similar to 512, but stiffer, so it's more suited for finer lines without a lot of variation. 56 is another stiff one, kinda too scratchy for my taste, but good for hatching. I found the 99 to be surprisingly flexible, so much that it's difficult for me to control the line width...it takes a very gentle touch. I would like to learn to handle 99 better, as it seems like it could be very enjoyable.I personally prefer using a G pen (Tachikawa/Zig/Zebra) for general drawing purposes (similar to 512, but smoother and slightly more flexible), but these are still quality nibs, and they have their individual strengths.The Blick nib holder was a disappointment. The price is incredible, but "you get what you pay for". I got 3 of them, and they all cracked after a few uses. One broke beyond repair (had it taped for a little while, but it didn't help), and the other two are likely to follow suit before long. They're a bit too tight to comfortably fit the standard nibs. I recommend paying the extra for the Speedball holder...it's more comfortable, fits the nibs better, and is solidly constructed.
Perfect general writing Nib
By Robin C
best nib for a beginner and lovely nib for easy writing. great for journaling. Not a calligraphy nib but I've made a few flourishes with it.
Used for 19th century writing demo
from Westminster MD
I help organize a Civil war event and wanted pens for children (and adults) to try their hand at writing with a dip pen and making a calling card. These were perfect.
Great quality at a fraction of the price elseware.
By Nostalgia Guy
from Jupiter, FL
I have always had a love of antiquated methods of doing things and the nibs i got here for my dip pens are easily the best quality i have found. I previously had purchased a similar product from another site and what i received from them was disappointing at best. The quality, ease of purchase and price from Blick are so superior to any competitor i have yet seen that it is unlikely i will shop elsewhere for this product again.
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from Northern Colorado
I've been using this brand of nibs for over 45 years doing ink sketches. This is an old fashioned tool, but there is nothing, not even electronic applications, that equals the feel of pen to paper.
MY SECOND PURCHASE ...
from Staunton, Virginia
I'm fascinated by the "Legendary Look" of dip-nib pen point calligraphy and artwork. My previous and first purchase of this fine company's excellent product tested so wonderfully well for my transmedia requirements, that I expanded the variety and technical capacity of these excellent dip-nibs for this, my second purchase.My calligraphic work is done on traditionally hand-laid & moulded conservator-certified Egyptian papyrus, which naturally has a highly variable and distinct cross-grained surface-- and my Speedball nibs handle this constantly changing rollercoaster of a surface beautifully. And with a quick wipe of my ever-handy small damp cleaner rag, I can use the same nib to quickly change over to any of my hand-mixed acrylic vehicle powder pigmented inks for required decorative effects, without any interruption of creative work flow.My second purchase also increased my technical ability to meet otherwise unnervingly precisionistic creative challenges in my canvas oil paintings and sculptures. I've already used my range of Speedball nibs to execute finest detail work on a number of projects that even the finest quality brush tip couldn't execute. With skill acquired through practical experience, how much medium you load onto a given nib, and application pressure and speed offer you excellent control over who knows how many creative-technical challenges?Attached is an excellent example of the ultra-precisionistic transmedia technical & creative effects I've already accomplished using my nib set. It's the necklace part of a complete earrings, ring and bracelet ensemble I created for my dearest friend Rose, who is the only person on Earth for whom I'd create ***any*** sort of jewellery whatsoever (I just refuse to 'do' jewellery). I created the necklace panels using an industrial 1:1 mixed epoxy resin compound, which I cast in custom-made molds, and then shaped and deeply sculpted using diamond tipped drill bits and riffling file sets. All that razor-sharp precisionistic deeply sculpted groove area shape & colour delineation in black, and various metallic-effect hand-mixed acrylic vehicle + powdered microcrystalline pigment inks, was all ***very*** easily accomplished with my Speedball nibs.
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AMAZING PRECISIONISTIC TECHNICAL RANGE
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from Graniteville, SC
These nibs are perfect for getting small smooth lines using china paints on porcelain.
from Stuart, FL
Its just a nb but it works fine.
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