There are many different nib types, and hundreds of different pointed nibs – those are the nibs you use to write modern calligraphy.
How do I choose the nib that’s right for me?
When I began practicing modern calligraphy, I wasn’t sure which nib to use or even the qualities I wanted in a nib. Like I mentioned in my brush calligraphy post, I researched videos, blogs and other "Internet gold" to learn.
In the research, I found three nibs that were popular among beginners: Nikko G, Zebra Comic G and Blue Pumpkin. I purchased all three.
I liked the Nikko G the best and to this day, it’s my go-to nib.
Qualities of the Nikko G nib
Firm, yet flexible
Thin upstrokes, thick downstrokes
(Note: there are many nibs that create much thinner upstrokes)
Easy to prime
Easy to clean
I use this nib for nearly every calligraphy project. It’s perfect for practice pads, Bristol paper, watercolor paper and envelopes.
I’ve used the Sumi, colored, metallic and white inks with the Nikko G nib. I have found the need to dilute white ink at times, as it is sometimes thick (doesn’t flow well.)
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