I’ve spent the last three mornings “test driving” a variety of dip pen nibs. There are quite a few nibs intended for drawing, but most were made just for writing. Some are very fine, some make a heavier line, others are monoline or do both thick and thin lines. Most are not expensive, one to three dollars each. The highly sought after and rare ones, however, can go for up to ten dollars each and maybe a bit more.
I’ll be going more in depth on nib types in future posts- how good I’ve found them for drawing and sources for them, but for now I just want to post a “portfolio” of what I’ve just done, all from my own reference photos. I used Noodler’s Black ink on Strathmore 300 vellum bristol.
All of them are approximately 4×5″ or a little bigger. I converted the scans to black and white for optimal image quality.
So there you have ten quite different nibs from four countries: the USA, England, France and the old USSR (Brandauer was an English firm founded by a German immigrant).