Quill pens

Quill Nib Studio Fountain Pens

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Enjoy drawing and lettering with any ink or paint using our quill nibs in our Studio Fountain Pen and leave behind a variable line of rich color.

  • Use any ink or paint, including India ink, acrylic paint, even lacquer and enamel
  • Especially suitable for thicker inks and paints
  • Change the flow rate for the type of media you use
  • Change the shape of your quill nib to suit your purpose - from pointed pen to chisel tip and everything in between
  • Easy to clean - flush and brush

Drawing and lettering with our quill nibs is a new experience. The nibs are smooth as silk and skate across the paper. You can lay down a bead of color that reminds you what color is all about. You can get a wide variety of line widths by altering the pressure and angle of your hand as well as shaping the tip of the nib.

These are studio pens. You can take them into the field, but that's not their ideal environment. They are simple plastic tubes with a cap on one end and the quill nib in the other. You fill them from the back, and when you're finished you empty the pen and clean it.

What are quill nibs?

Quill nibs are flexible smooth nibs that emulate a feather quill or reed quill pen, but which have superior qualities. You can twist and bend our quill nibs while drawing and writing to get different effects. You can also shape the tip of the quill nib to give you different types of drawing lines.

Our quill nibs behave like feather quill and reed quill nibs, which were popular 100 years ago. Enthusiasts still use them today to letter in Copperplate and broadpoint calligraphy as well as draw and flourish. William Blake and John Ruskin drew regularly with quill pens, and Vincent Van Gogh created some of his best drawings using reed quill nibs.

Our quill nibs are a major improvement over traditional quill feather pens. Feather quills fray easily and degrade quickly from the effects of water in ink. You have to keep trimming them back with a "pen knife". Reed pens also degrade in water and wear down quickly.

Every Quill Nib Studio Fountain Pen comes with one quill nib in the pen and a nib stick you can cut into an additional four quill nibs, which together give you months of steady drawing and lettering.

Learn how to use quill nibs.

You can order additional quill nibs.

See all our Studio Pens

Pick your nib size?

We provide quill nibs in two sizes:

  • Medium size quill nibs are the same size as geniune feather quills and can provide the same line widths and shapes you can use to draw and letter.
  • Large size quill nibs give you a larger range of shapes and widths you can use to draw and letter.

All of our pens will hold our quill nibs, except pens that have been configured for overfeeds. A sleeve is provided with medium size quill nibs so they fit securely. 

What you get in the package

  • One Studio Pen containing a quill nib
  • One nib stick you can cut into four additional quill nibs
  • Instructions for use

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