About our plastic nibs

Draw with a nib that's smooth as silk and glides over the paper. If you use Bristol board or an especially smooth paper, such as Rhodia or Clairfontaine, your drawing experience is almost magical.

You can roll the nib as you draw, stand it on end, and drag it around quickly or slowly. Twist and turn the nib while drawing or lettering for different effects. Over time and through use you can learn to achieve specific results. You can do more with our plastic nibs than you can with metal nibs. 

Plastic nib pen and nibs

You can also shape the nib to your preferences. Our plastic nibs behave like feather quills. You can cut and snip the tip to for the shape you want to use. For example, the two most common shapes are pointed and chisel tip, but you can modify those several ways and cut entirely different shapes. Find more information at Shaping your plastic nibs.

Learn over time what shape works best for you, then keep your nibs trimmed for use. You aren't going to get hairlines, but you can draw thin lines to very thick and every line in between. You can draw hatch lines in close marching order, or swirl the nib in grand sweeps and gestures.

It can take a bit of time to get used to these nibs. Not much time, the usual learning curve for a new drawing tools. You can start drawing and lettering immediately, but it takes time to learn how to make the line you want to make. 


  • Each Plastic Nib Pen contains one plastic nib. The nib measures 2.0" (5 cm) long. 
  • As you trim the end, pull the nib out for the best position to work with.
  • If you press the nib too far into the pen, use the provided nib tool to press the nib back out from the other end. 
  • You can order replacement nibs in packages of two or four nibs, each 2.0" (5 cm) long. Press the nib into the front of the pen. The fit is tight so the grip is good.