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By Y C.
My New Favorite Nib
May 24, 2020
To be very honest, I was reluctant to try this nib. I am an intermediate calligrapher, with experience in modern, Engrossers, and Spencerian pointed pen calligraphy and I have used Hunt 101, 103, and 513ef; Nikko G; and Brause Steno Blue Pumpkin nibs before using this nib. I prefer flexible nibs--hence Hunt 101--was my favorite, but like when nibs have large ink capacities like the Nikko G, which I use for Spencerian. I liked how small the modern Hunt 103 was, but hated how much it caught on fibers. I also liked the flexibility of the Blue Pumpkin, but it barely held ink, rusted easily, and produced large swells with difficulty. Yet, even though I was sure no nib could ever surpass the Hunt 101, except for the Leonardt Principal EF, which is sitting on my desk and I have yet to try, I was able to find everything I wanted and needed in the Brause 66EF. This nib is flexible like the Hunt 101, small like the Hunt 103, does not catch on fibers like the Brause Steno Blue Pumpkin, and is durable like the Nikko G. I can write with one dip with the Brause 66 EF what would take me two to three dips with the Hunt 101. While Spencerian can be done with the Brause 66 EF, I much prefer reserving my Nikko G nibs for that script. Otherwise, now I do not know what I will do with my Hunt 101 nibs. I only purchased one of these nibs, because I was not sure I would like them, but now I want to purchase a lot more. It is the perfect size for writing small script, which is what I mostly do, but easily adjusts to large, juicy swells when flourishing or writing larger letters with a tiny bit more pressure. I just love this nib!