Calligraphy with different nibs: 4 different styles

Let us look at some different nib styles used for calligraphy.

Nibs are metallic pointed pieces used to deposit inks in different styles on paper. These nibs differ in tip size, width variations, flexibility, etc. Calligraphy nibs provide variations in line styles through different writing angles or the amount of pressure applied. We can use different nibs according to the desired style or effect.

Let us look at some different nib styles used for calligraphy.

Broad brush pen

The family of broad nib pens has multiple options, all of which have broad and flat edges. It is also called a chisel-end nib. These broad brush pens create dramatic and bold effects for downstrokes. These brush pens are a thoughtful choice for newcomers in the calligraphy field as they offer higher control than the other options.

Narrow brush pen

The brush head is made of nylon or sable and has short and stiff bristles for easy and comfortable control. These narrow brush pens are experts at detailing due to their fine tips. These pens add finesse to the designs by adding minute details.

Pointed pen

Pointed pen calligraphy is different from the other calligraphy styles as it uses a metal nib filled with ink to write. The type of pen holder used also holds extreme importance in pointed pen calligraphy. The pressure applied on the pointed pen nib decides the thickness of the lines drawn.

Copperplate nib

Copperplate is a highly oblique or slanted script and thus requires an oblique pen holder to make it comfortable to work with. A fundamental rule while using copperplate nib is to ensure that the nib’s angle while writing and the angle of letters are the same. In Copperplate, upstrokes are generally thin and downstrokes thick. 

We hope that this article taught you about various nib styles and their uses in Calligraphy.

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