Using Clear Cut Nibs

Drawing and lettering with our Clear Cut nibs is a new experience. These nibs are smooth and skate across the paper. Twist and turn the nib for different effects. Put a bit of pressure on the tip and then let up for more effects. You can get a wider variety of drawn lines with our Clear Cut nibs than you can from flexible metal nibs.

You can move your Clear Cut nib in any direction and leave behind a nice solid bead of color.

Gravity flow works all the time, but you can press the pump when you want a stronger flow. This might be when you want to puddle out a large swath of color or push thicker paint to the tip of the nib. Pumping also helps when you start with a new nib. 

You can shape the tip of the nib to suit your purpose - everything from chisel tip to a point. Our Clear Cut nibs are ideal for broad point lettering - just clip the nib with a chisel edge. You can also draw freehand fine scrolling lines - clip the tip to a point. Read more about shaping Clear Cut nibs.  

You don't have to worry about damaging the nib with the paint you use. You can remove the nib easily to clean it using an old toothbrush, and scrape dried ink off the surface. You can clip the tip to get the shape you want to use. Over time and with use, you will discover what works best for you. 

Our Clear Cut nibs are made from cellulose acetate, so they behave like plastic but are 100% recyclable. You can cut and shape the nib to your purpose. Read more details about this process. 

Every pen comes with a four extra nibs. Counting the nib in the pen, that's five Clear Cut nibs to start with, good for several months of steady drawing and lettering.

You can order extra Clear Cut nibs. They are easy to replace - pull out the old nib and press in the new. 

Pick your size nib

We provide Clear Cut nibs in three sizes: small, medium and large. 

  • Small Clear Cut nibs work best with calligraphic inks and fluid acrylic paints, such as India ink and Golden High-Flow Acrylic. 
  • Medium Clear Cut nibs work best with thicker inks and acrylic paint diluted with airbrush solution.
  • Large Clear Cut nibs work best with acrylic paints.