Use our Sketch nib in a Pump Pen. If you like to draw quickly with a flexible durable nib, this is a great pen for you.
- Use any ink or paint, even India ink and acrylic paint
- Press the pump when you want a stronger flow - you get what you press, from a drop to a gush
- Slip the nib in and out easily
- Use other nibs - see the list below
- Select your feed rate of flow
- Large capacity reservoir - draw all day and don't worry about running out
- Screw-on cap and body prevent leakage
Our Pump Pen is ideal for encouraging the flow of ink or paint. This is especially useful when you want to:
- Kick start the flow for a new nib
- Ink in large areas, such as backgrounds and back drops
- Force more ink or paint through crowquill and Hawk quill nibs where the ink flows through the nib tube
- Work with thicker inks and paints that don't flow easily
Read more details about our Pump Pens.
You can order more Sketch nibs.
See all our Sketch nib pens.
With or without overfeed?
You can order this pen with or without an overfeed. The version without the overfeed is shipped unless you select the version with an overfeed.
The overfeed extends the width and range of lines you can draw. It rests above the nib, stores more ink between the nib and overfeed, controls the spread of the two tynes, and lets you draw wider lines for a longer time. Read more about our overfeeds.
You can remove the overfeed if you don't want to use it, but you must replace the overfeed with a spacer. You can slip overfeeds and spacers in and out of the pen.
About the reservoir
You can double the volume of ink or paint stored in the pen by removing the reservoir and filling the body. The reservoir provides a double wall of protection, which might be what you want, but you can carry more volume without the reservoir.
Feed flow rate
This pen ships with the standard feed flow, which works with most popular drawing inks and paints. You can order the rich flow large nib feed, which is designed for especially thick inks and paints, such as traditional India ink and acrylic paint. We suggest you try the standard flow feed first, and if that doesn't work, step up to the rich flow feed.
Polishing Sketch nibs
Sketch nibs are similar to traditional fountain pens and last much longer than dip nibs. The only difference is that our Sketch nibs are not "tipped". Paper is rough, so your Sketch nibs will need polishing from time to time on the underside of the tip.
You can use lapping paper to smooth your Sketch nibs, or you can use a piece of paper from a brown bag. Tear off a section measuring two or three inches to a side, wet the paper, and draw lazy circles and figures eights, then test the nib on your favorite drawing paper. Usually a few seconds of polishing is sufficient. Avoid over polishing.
You can also reshape the tip with more vigorous polishing if you want a special effect, such as left oblique or stub.
Other nibs you can use
- Slip in the Zebra Manga G, Brause Rose, most Brause nibs, and selected Hunt nibs including the 22B, 56, and 101
- Insert our Nikko/Tachikawa feed to use those nibs as well as the Principal nib
- Insert an adapter to draw or write with other tools, such as crowquill and Gillott 303 nibs, brushes and our quill nibs
Wash your drawings
You can attach our Brush Tool to the back of this pen to wash your drawings with water or dilute ink as well as paint with watercolors.
What you get in the package
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