Classic Pens

Sketch Nibs

Our Sketch nibs are durable and flexible sketching nibs that provide the following advantages:

  • You can move our Sketch nibs in any direction quickly and easily - the tip won't catch or snag
  • They respond to light hand pressure to give you a nice range of line variation
  • They're flexible yet durable so difficult to "spring" or bend too far
  • You can polish the tips using lapping film or a brown paper bag to keep the tip smooth - just a few strokes does the trick
  • They last a long time - they won't snap or rust like dip nibs

We provide the following three Sketch nibs:

  • Version 1 - our first release
  • Version 2 with improved shape and flex
  • Version 3 with slightly more flex 

We've improved the performance and appearance of the nib through three versions, however, version 1 is still a good nib to draw with. 

All three versions are strong nibs designed for sketching with good line variation. They fit our Large Nib Feeds designed for the Zebra Manga G and Brause Rose nibs.

Our Sketch nibs do not make as fine hairlines as the Manga G and Brause Rose although they get close. The tradeoff is that you can move our Sketch nibs freely in all directions quickly. The tip doesn't snag or catch on the paper. This lets you draw quickly and confidently. You can do that with finely pointed nibs only after lots of practice and with great care each time you try. 

You can polish your Sketch nib from time to time to keep it smooth. You can also reshape the tip, anything from a sharp point to a chisel tip, even oblique. You can make as fine a point on this nib as you find on the Manga G nibs, but you won't be able to move the nib as quickly. 

We provide instructions for polishing and reshaping your Sketch nib.  

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