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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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A Calligraphy Standard
By Lorraine OB
from Portage Wisconsin
Comments about Speedball Standard Point Dip Pen Nibs:
I've been a professional calligrapher for 30 years. I like Mitchell nibs for most work, but when it comes to teaching or for larger lettering, Speedball C nibs work well. They are not as refined and smooth as Mitchell or Brause nibs, but for large letters that's not as important. Larger Speedball nibs (C-1 or C-0 ) hold more ink, gouache, or watercolor (whatever your medium), allowing for more strokes per fill. They are slightly springy for little flourishes. The larger sizes last years.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The word "Live" is done with Speedball nib.
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from Poplar Bluff, Mo
I am teaching myself calligraphy and these are great!
from Pittsburgh PA
I like using these nibs.
from Springfield Missouri
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.
Perfect for my project
from Southbridge Massachusetts
These were the perfect size and shape for making my feather pens
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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.
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.
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