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Leonardt Extra Fine Principal Nib

Item #: princi
Our Price: $2.25
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The Leonardt Principal is a favorite of many calligraphers, including Michael Sull. Extra-fine and very flexible, the Principal produces fine hairlines and healthy swells, and glides across textured surfaces like a dream. Modeled on the rare vintage Principality No. 1, this nib was produced with the expert advice of lettering artists and is a fine choice for many styles: Copperplate, Spencerian, modern calligraphy, and more. Bronze finish. This nib is ideal for intermediate or advanced level calligraphers and is not recommended for beginners.

For more information about the performance of this nib, including tips for best use, comparative charts, and example artwork, read our blog post with Schin Loong from @openinkstand.

Discounts are are follows: Individual nibs cost $2.00 each when purchasing 10, $1.75 each when purchasing 25

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By Alba
January 22, 2021
This is my favorite nib for engrossers script.
I love how it performs: the hair lines, shadows and the precision. I've been very lucky that mine have had a real long life, so for that too, it's been a plus.
By Brandi
Perfect Fine lines
December 16, 2020
Because of the Principle's ability to create the finest of lines, it has quickly become a must have in my Copperplate work. Love it!
By Catherine
New York
Great nib
November 29, 2020
After reading about how well-loved this nib is in the calligraphy community, of course I had to get some for myself. This is a great nib and not difficult (in my opinion) for a beginner-intermediate level.
By Aminah
A personal fave
October 4, 2020
I am a neophyte calligraphy student who has tried around 6-8 nibs. The Leonardt Principal EF has made the top three in my book.

The ability to make fine hairlines and decent swells have been achieved for me with this nib. I have tried others similar, like 101; but NONE perform like the LP for me!

I really enjoy using this nib and plan on buying in bulk going forward.
New Jersey
Great Alternative to the Hunt 101
August 27, 2020
I primarily use this nib for ornamental penmanship and flourished engrosser's script. It performs as well as the Hunt 101, since the nibs have a very similar contrast between the extra-fine hairlines and the thick, juicy swells. The differences that I have noticed between the two nibs, is that the Hunt 101 is a tiny bit more flexible, needs more frequent replacement, and tends to corrode faster than the Leonardt EF Principal. I have to exchange my Hunt 101 nibs fairly quickly, but the Leonardt EF Principal has lasted me over one month with frequent use, handles textured papers fairy well--but a lot better than the Hunt 101, which always catches threads on textured papers--and did not rust after several uses of iron-gall ink. Since I mostly use walnut and India Ink on smooth paper, I like the Hunt 101 and Leonardt EF Principal equally, and would readily choose whichever nib is close to me at the moment. I would definitely recommend this nib if you have a lighter hand and are an intermediate or advanced calligrapher.