The heart of a good fountain pen is the nib.

The nib gives handwriting a personal character and makes it an individual and unique handwriting for each and every one of us. The more valuable the material of the nib and the more elaborate the workmanship, the softer the writing will feel.

The nib - punched out of selected golden bands, formed and embossed. Precision work with a passion for detail. The nib is crowned by a rounded tip. It is made of iridium, a metal of the group of platinums. Carefully welded to the nib, it is smoothed and constantly and thoroughly tested.

A shining finishing. Small particles of porcelain smooth the nib before it is brightly polished by tiny balls of copper. Concentrated and with an eye for unique details, a variety of work steps are necessary to complete the nib. Every single nib is tested by hand at the Pelikan company.


The different nib types

straight, rounded nib straight, flat nib slanted nib
straight, rounded nib
for fine strokes
straight, flat nib
for thick strokes
slanted nib
for variable strokes

Straight nibs.

Straight nibs are easier to write with and allow a fluent handwriting for both casual and experienced writers. Smaller nib widths such as F or EF also allow variable strokes by adjusting the pressure while writing. However, casual writers are recommended to use medium to wide nibs (M, B).

If your writing position rather promotes a straightly held fountain pen, straight nibs (such as EF, F , M, B, BB, 3B) are recommendable. Ideal for left-handers are the nib sizes: F, M and B.



Slanted nibs.

While allowing a very expressive handwriting with variables strokes, slanted nibs are more difficult to write with. Since Pelikan nibs are slanted left wise, they are not recommended for left handers.

If your writing position promotes a steeper and left wise slanted writing position, left wise slanted nibs (OM, OB, OBB, O3B) are an option.



Free changing of the nib (within the first four weeks after purchase).

If you would like to install a nib of a different size, Pelikan offers you to have it done for you, free of charge, within the first four weeks after purchase. Please contact your trusted specialty retailer or send us the piston filler as an insured consignment to your local Pelikan sales organisation.