Finer nibs don’t get enough love. Most writers start out with medium-sized nibs, and many venture on into broader stubs to get that lovely line variation. Aside from that, finer nibs are known for having more feedback than their broader counterparts. This means that fans of glassy smooth nibs will gravitate toward larger nib sizes to get that specific writing experience. Despite all of this, there is something so elegant about having thin, precise lines. Those who enjoy calligraphy, note-taking, and journaling can appreciate what finer nibs have to offer as they require a light touch and a steady hand.
Given that, we’ve come up with a list of the best fine and extra-fine nibbed fountain pens that you can try.
The Pilot Vanishing Point offers a very smooth writing experience for a Japanese fine-nibbed pen. This fountain pen is fitted with an 18-carat nib and has a nice feature that lets you retract the nib into the body of the pen. If you want a smoother writing experience with a finer nib, then we recommend checking out the fine rather than the extra fine as there is a substantial difference between the two.
Sailors are known for having a bit of pleasant feedback that feels much like a smooth pencil writing on paper. The Sailor 1911 Large is no exception here. It’s a pen that works great right out of the box. It may have some minor delays with starting when you don’t use the pen for a while, but using a well-lubricated ink such as the Pilot Iroshizuku line can remedy this issue. The nib is very smooth and gives just a touch of enjoyable feedback.
One of the finest writers out of the box with minimal scratching or feedback is the Platinum 3776 Century in Ultra Extra Fine. However, similar to other fine nibs, there is very little room for error, so having the right ink and paper is a must. This fountain pen nib is almost like a needlepoint with how fine it is, which is perfect for creating very thin and delicate lines. Once you find the right combination of ink and paper for this pen, the experience can be quite wonderful.
If you need a little bit more give in your fine nibs, then we recommend trying the Pilot Falcon. It comes with a Soft Extra Fine option that gives a very fine line with little to no pressure. When you do apply pressure, there is a pleasant bounce and a bit of line variation. The nib is quite smooth, and it lends to an overall very pleasant writing experience.
The Bottom Line
Just like all the other nib sizes out there, finer-nibbed pens have their place in the fountain pen world. They are beautiful, elegant, and truly some of the finest writing instruments to be produced by fountain pen manufacturers. If you’re looking to do calligraphy with a fountain pen or simply prefer more delicate lines in your writing, then try any of the pens mentioned here for a superb writing experience.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting