If you want to give your correspondence a special touch, a fine fountain pen is the right choice. The right nib strength of your fountain pen is crucial.so that it writes the way you imagine it and gives your handwriting a unique expression
The nib is the heart of your fountain pen, as the nib brings your writing movements to paper via the ink. In order to get the nicest possible typeface and the right line width for your typeface, you have to find out which nib strength suits you. I would like to support you in this. Therefore, in this article you will learn which nib strengths are available, which most common nib widths and nib cuts are and which material the Elbwood nibs are made of.
THESE SPRING STRENGTHS ARE AVAILABLE AT ELBWOOD
If you have ever dealt with the right thickness of your fountain nib, you have certainly noticed the different letters in the designation of the nib sizes. Here's how they differ and when to choose a straight or angled nib.
EF – EXTRA FINE
The nib strength extra fine is characterized by a very fine line width. You should choose an EF nib if you have small and rather delicate handwriting and exert little pressure when writing. It is ideal for making notes in calendars, for example. The very fine pen stroke also fits into the smallest of lines and prevents the ink from showing through on fine and very thin paper.
F - FINE
The fine nib conjures up a fine and soft stroke on the paper with its straight nib. Just like the EF nib, it is suitable if you have small and filigree handwriting, but overall it is a bit wider and has a wetter ink flow.
M – MEDIUM
The most commonly chosen spring strength is the width Medium. With its easily legible and strong line width, it is usually suitable for any type of handwriting. Left-handers are also well advised to choose the medium nib size. Letter writers in particular appreciate the expressiveness of the rich typeface.
B - WIDE
If youhave to make a lot of signatures and have a large handwriting, the size wide fountain nib could suit you well. The wide contact surface of the fountain pen creates a striking and unmistakable typeface. The broad nib really comes into its own on structured, handmade paper.
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BB - EXTRA WIDE
The thickness Extra Wide draws a distinctive typeface for strong handwriting with stronger typeface on the paper and is therefore particularly well suited for signatures.
OM – MEDIUM / OBLIQUE
A filler tip of strength medium / slanted belongs to the slanted filler nibs - this is what the letter O in the designation stands for. This is the abbreviation for the French "oblique", which means "oblique" in German.The medium width of the pen stroke in the slanted nib version is the right choice for you if you should bend to the left when writing with your fountain pen or your wrist. For this reason, the medium / slanted nib is not suitable for left-handers.
OB - WIDE / OBJECTIVE
The pen tipBroad / slanted also belongs to the category of slanted nibs. Just like the medium / oblique nib, it is well suited if you need to bend to the left when writing, which is why left-handed people should not use this width.
OBB - EXTRA WIDE/OBLIQUE
The third beveled nib designates the Extra Wide / Bevel thickness. The selection criteria for this nib are the same as for the Medium/Slanted and Broad/Slanted nibs.
It is important that you choose a nib and stroke width that suits your usual writing style. If the nib is too small, writing can feel scratchy and your ink can falter, making the writing illegible. Conversely, if your handwriting is otherwise delicate, a nib that is too wide can make your hand more likely to cramp. If the nib strength and the writing style match, you will get a beautiful, soft and balanced typeface as a result.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SPRING WIDTHS?
There are four nib strengths, which are most commonly used as fountain nibs due to their width. These are:
EF - Extra Fine
F - Fine
M - Medium
B - Broad
An M-Medium fountain tip is most likely the right choice for beginners to get used to writing with a fountain pen. However, if you only want to use your fountain pen to make signatures, you can also use a nib size B – broad.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED FOR THE NIBS OF FOUNTAIN PENS?
The nib is the heart of your fountain pen, because it combines value with a pleasant writing experience and aesthetics. For this reason, the selection of quality material is of great importance in the manufacture of a nib. The higher the quality of the workmanship and the softer the material, the smoother you will be able to put your thoughts on paper. As a rule, stainless steel or gold are used for the spring body. The tip is usually made of a durable and hard material, such as iridium, to make it wear out more slowly. However, there are also manufacturers who use palladium, titanium or other metals for the production of their feathers.
A fountain pen made entirely of gold is characterized by its gentle writing feel and adapts to your individual handwriting over time thanks to its softness. The higher the karat of gold, the softer the feather. You can recognize this by the embossing on the nib, e.g. B. 14K for 14K or 18K for 18K. Stainless steel nibs, on the other hand, are significantly more durable and more practical in everyday life, as they are less forgiving of tender movements and don't bend as quickly as a gold nib.
THE ELBWOOD PENS
For the handmade fountain pens from Elbwood, I only use high-quality 18 carat / 750 gold and stainless steel. My gold nibs are available in the color variations yellow gold, rose gold, rhodium-plated and bicolor. They are available in line widths EF (Extra Fine), F (Fine), M (Medium) and B (Broad).With my stainless steel nibs, you can choose between the colors black, stainless steel, gold-plated and bicolor and the line widths EF (extra fine), F (fine), M (medium), B (broad) choose With all my fountain nibs and nib sizes, I guarantee you absolute precision of the ink flow and a harmonious line that suits you perfectly.
I would be happy to advise you on which nib strength suits your requirements, so that you will enjoy your fine fountain pen and the documents written with it for a long time.