A while back I wrote a post mentioning that I’d gravitated toward fine and even extra-fine nibs, and the many reasons to do so. But it seems I’ve… diversified my collection.
My 15-pen collection now has a good mix of nibs ranging from UEF to BB, but if anything I have more broads than fines.
What is it that broad nibs offer?
Like many pen addicts, I’m in it for the ink as much as for the pens. Broad nibs give you a bigger hit. They show off colour like no fine nib can. And the difference is most noticeable in paler colours, like oranges, pinks, yellows and sky blues, and in less saturated inks. I would never have got into oranges if I stuck to EF nibs.
Shading, sheen and the other intoxicating properties of inks have more room to shine in a broader line.
If you’ve ever loved an ink when swabbing it on to a swatch card, then been disappointed when nib hits paper, try a broad nib. The joyful expressiveness will come flooding back.
There’s an undeniable attractiveness to a fat blob of tipping gliding over the page on a wave of ink. Broad nibs, like the tyres on a monster truck, give a smoother ride over the page grain. If you’re annoyed by scratchy fine nibs, give a broad nib a chance. The freedom and speed are just plain fun.
One hidden joy is that broad nibs guzzle ink. If, like me, you get bored of inks fast but also like large piston fillers, a broad nib is practically the only way to empty the tank fast enough.
All are welcome
This doesn’t mean I’ve rejected fine nibs. They have obvious value on bad paper, when space is tight, or just when you want that neat, crisp, precise line. You could say that I’ve shaken off a prejudice. I welcome nibs of any grade — they’re all fun in their way.