Handwritten Post – Not All Broads Are The Same

Oblique, stub, round… broad nibs are not always just giant nibs that can’t be written with! I suppose that depends on your handwriting, but oblique double broad nibs, or stubby double broads can be a lot of fun to write with and can make your handwriting look very interesting and fun. The amount of tipping that is often found on broader nibs often makes them very suitable for nib modification, should you wish to have this done.

The line variation is a lot of fun, whether it’s a stiff nib or a flexible nib! I know a lot of people don’t like broad nibs as much as I do, but for me, it’s hard to beat.

Handwritten Post. Not All Broads Are The Same

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  1. bob
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    nice site, there are more choices than mont blanc

  2. George Kasmiridis
    Posted March 23, 2021 at 5:15 pm | Permalink


    What are the differences between Oblique, Stub or Italic nibs ?

    Thank you.

    • Gary Lehrer
      Posted March 23, 2021 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      The iridium on an oblique nib is slanted, most often in either a 15 degree or 30 degree angle. A nib can be either left oblique or right oblique. Stub refers to the width of the iridium (and therefore the width of the written line). For example, starting from smallest, the progression might be; needlepoint, accountant, extra-fine, fine, medium-fine, medium, medium-broad, broad, double-broad, stub. The outer edges of an italic nib are sharp, providing crisp edges to the written line. The opposite is cursive, which are rounded outer edges. Very best, Gary

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