Nib Styles

We are often asked about nib styles; these explanations are from a Parker Training Manual.

Standard Nibs. These nibs have a rounded writing point suitable for both free flowing cursive writing and precise lines, and for any speed of writing. Selecting a point size is largely a matter of personal preference. Generally, the smaller a person writes, the finer the nib they will prefer. Needlepoint nibs are ideal for writing precise Japanese or Chinese characters. A very slanted handwriting often looks best with a finer nib grade.

Oblique Nibs. The writing point of an oblique nib is precision cut at an angle to provide a thick line on the downward stroke and a thin line on the upward stroke. It is fitted with a rounded pellet, allowing the pen to write smoothly in all directions. Writing with an oblique nib is the simplest way to improve the look of one’s handwriting. Generally, right-handed writers use an oblique nib that slopes to the left, and left handed writers use a reverse oblique that slopes to the right.

Oblique Italic Nibs. The oblique italic nib is best suited to those meticulous in their handwriting. Its bevelled pellet is cut on an angle to create a sharper point. The bevelled point produces a crisp feeling on paper.

Italic Nibs. Parker’s italic nibs are manufactured with a precise, sharp, straight cut for italic writing, and tipped with a pellet to glide effortlessly across the page. This nib is not for general writing purposes. Creating crisp thick and thin strokes and distinct letter shapes requires a slow, methodical style.