Clear Cut nibs

Draw or letter with a nib that's smooth as silk and glides over the paper. Perfect for calligraphy, especially broad point lettering as well as broad stroke and freehand drawing. 

 Clear Cut nib in pen

Drawing and lettering with our Clear-Cut nibs is a new drawing experience. These nibs are very smooth and skate across the paper. The nib emulates a feather quill, which lets you draw a wide variety of lines. Twist and turn the nib for different effects. Put a bit of pressure on the tip to deform it for different effects. The tip springs back to its original shape as soon as you relieve the pressure. You can get a wider variety of drawn lines with our clear calligraphy nibs than you can with the most flexible metal nib.

You can trim the nib just like you can shape a feather quill. You can trim a chisel shape, a point, and every shape in between. Our Clear Cut nibs are ideal for broad point lettering, scrolling and engrossing as well as freehand drawing. Read more about shaping Clear Cut nibs. This is a PDF that you can view and download if you want to save it. 

These are not plastic nibs, although the material looks and behaves like plastic. These nibs are made from cellulose acetate, which is a polymer made from wood pulp or cotton fiber. These nibs are 100% environmentally safe and biodegradable. They are also waterproof and resilient - they won't degrade while you are using them. 

Clear Cut nibs work better with thicker inks and paint. We find fluid acrylic paints, such as Golden High Flow Acrylic, ideal. You can also use traditional thicker acrylic paint blended with airbrush solution. You can move your clear nib pen effortlessly in an direction and leave behind a nice solid bead of liquid acrylic behind. Combined with the skating effect of the nib, acrylic paint adds to the smoothness.

Pick your size nib

We provide Clear Cut nibs in three sizes: small, medium and large. We describe our experience with each size nib below, but you might get different results. 

Select the size you want to use at the bottom of this product page for the Nib size list. 

  • Small Clear Cut nibs are best with thicker inks and thinner acrylic paints, such as India ink and Golden High Flow Acrylic. 
  • Medium Clear Cut nibs are best with thicker India inks and traditional acrylic paint that has been diluted with airbrush solution.
  • Large Clear Cut nibs work best with traditional acrylic paint.