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Who Makes The Best Nibs Today

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#61 TassoBarbasso



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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:11

After a few months of continuous usage of my Pilots, Auroras and Viscontis, I think it's safe to say these are the best makers. I had couple of old 1990s OMAS pens at hand in the last couple of days, and those are also awesome.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:37

I have too many Pilots, but any JP manufacturer. But Pelikan seem to work fine too.


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Posted 27 January 2016 - 21:54

I think that Sailor Japan's Naginata Togi is the best nib out there on the market. I mean out of the box. It gets the ground running when it hits the paper.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 03:08

For me, the one company who's nibs just can't be beat is Pilot/Namiki. They have gone above and beyond with QA on all their stock nibs. I have multiple Pilot pens that were amazing right out of the box. However, the "best" nib is all about individual needs. While I like really wet writers, you may not, and so on. It all depends on what you're looking for, and your writing style. For a truely personalized feel, bringing it to a nibmeister is the way to go. There are several out there that can make even the most stubborn of nibs glide across the page. I had a particularly stormy relationship with a vintage Indian ebonite pen, and was considering just tucking it into a drawer and forgetting about it. After a small adjustment from Mike Masuyama, that pen is one of my favorites.


TLDR: Out of box, undoubtedly Pilot/Namiki, for the "best" nib, send it to a nibmeister, who can make it the best for you.


For the uninitiated, do Nibmeisters usually have drop-in-hours at pen shows for nib adjustment work, or do most people simply send their pens by mail, with a description of the hoped for outcome? How pricey are you talking for the magic of the nib meister? Many thanks!

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:04

I'd have to say Romillo, for the amount of character and expressiveness they have. Platinum/Nakaya nibs are great, reliable nibs. I've not had as much experience with Pilot but the experience I've had has been good. Bock and JoWo nibs are good too, though occasionally prone to hard starts from the inside tines being over polished.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 20:39

Hmmm, I guess I'll jump in as nib performance to me is as important as the design of the pen itself. Although my love of fountain pens is the reason why I am in the hobby, my development of lettering skills is a direct and desired outcome of the hobby. As such, my favorite nib type are italics and stubs. Preferably as crisp as it possibly can get.


Nibs I love best. Aurora italics, Platinum music nibs, OMAS italicos and stubs, Montblanc BBs and Bs.


Nibs I want to love but are always problematic and require tuning or finishing. Visconti stubs, Pelikan IT and BB nibs, Danitrio Stubs.


Nibs I should love but are characterless, nevertheless always deliver. Delta Fusion, JOWO italics in pens in many small handmade pen shops.


Nibs that are fantastic but don't have stubs. ST Duponts, GVFC, Namiki, Sailor, Caran D'ache.


I would LOVE to love Sailors, but they don't make nibs I like with the exception of the Music nib. But that is only available on their regular pens.


It goes without saying that if I could get a pen tuned at purchase, I would definitely pay to get the service done. It's almost a service that has to go hand in hand. That's why so much of my money goes to a certain establishment in the West Coast that feed many of our hobby.

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 04:21

For everyday writing (work, notes on the run etc), I can't go past Pilot's gold nibs.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 16:36

In my opinion Sailor has the best nibs that I have tried. Whoever makes the Fussion delta nibs are also consistently good.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 03:50

As far as my collection goes. I find that pelikan and montblanc has the best nibs. I also noticed that pelikan has more issues out of the box compared to montblanc. So the quality control of montblanc is better.

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 20:01







Ambitious tend to be remarkably good considering the price of the pens they come in. Hero is uneven - I guess the good ones are mainly from the part of Hero that used to be Wing Sung. Not really a fan of the Bock nibs I have.

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 18:09

GVFC, Montblanc, Pilot/Namiki , Lamy, Diplomat, Faber Castell, in no order, but my last purchases, a Faber Castell e-motion and a GVFC guilloche were outstanding out of the box..

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 23:03

Visconti Palladium Dream Touch nibs are the most pleasurable nibs I have assailed paper with.



Even thou I have come to prefer 1910-1929 nibs (mostly Waterman ) and 1950s Pelikans, of the modern nibs, I like Visconti and the Pelikan 1000

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:13

Pilot makes the most reliable nibs right from their cheapest disposablefountain pen to their top of the line custom fountain pen.

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