The Nib

Choosing a nib is as individual as choosing a pen... if not more so. The nib sets the flavor of the writing. In order to keep the vintage style of the pen intact, I prefer to use fine vintage nibs.

A Bruno Corsini pen should definitely have a nib that reflects the desire of the pen's owner. For that reason, customers often provide a nib of choice. I cut, drill and bore each section specifically for the nib and feed.

In some cases, customers have provided nibs that came from old broken pens in their collections. Maybe the nib was special to them, while the pen was not. In other cases, I have provided nibs that I find here and there (pen shows, flea markets, etc.) I don't buy old pens for the purpose of salvaging the nib unless the pen is broken or otherwise relatively worthless. I've also worked together with customers and vintage nib vendors to select the right nib.

I've used nibs of a variety of sizes, but always trying to match the nib size to the pen as may be desired. Some like a very large prominent nib whereas for others that may not matter.

At the small end, perhaps a Waterman #4 or Swan #4. The #6 size is better. Another good choice is Waterman 100 Year Pen or Emblem nib. The size 17 is good; size 18 is better. Because these nibs are relatively inexpensive, they can be a good choice.

While I strongly prefer to use vintage nibs, I have on request made pens to accept modern nibs.

Check the Links page for nib suppliers.