Fountain Pen Parts 101: Flexible Nibs

September 27, 2016

When drawing or writing script, a fountain pen can come in handy. As we detailed in a past post, there are are advantages of using a fountain pen over other writing tools.

In this post, we’d like to start a series that explores the individual parts of the fountain pen and the way that they contribute to the overall pleasant experience.

We’ll start by spotlighting the fountain pen nib, and learn how to employ a flexible nib properly for the most enjoyable use of your fountain pen.

Getting the most out of your flexible nib

Hold the nib properly: Unlike a fountain pen with a firm nib or a ball point pen, flexible nibs require a much lighter touch. Each additional degree of pressure that you apply will spread the nib tines further creating a thicker line of ink. Learning how to handle a flexible nib takes practice, but artists love the versatility for drawing.

Think about shading - Another benefit of a flexible nib fountain pen is that you can accomplish various levels of shading without changing pens. “For me lately, writing with a super flex or ‘wet noodle’ nib and generating substantial ink shading is ‘the ultimate writing experience,’” writes the author of

Experiment with angles: The angle at which hold a flex nib can varies the type of line you draw. You must be careful to align the tip with the direction in which you’ll be writing or drawing. You can’t move the nib in any direction without care and attention because the pointed nib might snag the paper.

Want to learn more about nibs or other fountain pen parts? Check out our educational page here. Shop our full selection of fountain pens here.

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