Since 1850, the German company Brause has been manufacturing steel nibs for writing, drawing and decorating. Brause nibs can be found in the toolbox of many calligraphers, artists, penmen and illustrators. This "Index Finger" nib is simple and precise, ideal for monoline lettering. It has a medium fine point and can store a large reserve of ink.
As the description above says, this nib is stiff, so it's excellent for writing,
or for drawing where only one line width is needed. And it holds quite a bit of
ink, though some will get stuck in the "pocket" formed by the curled finger area
on the underside, and won't slide back down along the tines. So dipping too
deeply will waste a bit of ink. The index finger portion holds quite a bit of
ink on its own, though, so you can write for a bit without having to dip.
Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I purchased this nib more out of curiosity than
anything else, but I am glad that I did. I wasn't sure what to expect, and did
not have high hopes for this nib, but I am happy to say that I was wrong to
doubt the good folks at Brause. This is an excellent writing nib, with a very
smooth point, and a good ink capacity. I would not use this for pointed pen
calligraphy as the line variation is minimal, but for general writing, this is
now the nib to beat. I was truly shocked by how smoothly this pen writes and
with how thin the lines are. Generally speaking smooth pens tend to put out
wider lines, but this one has excellent thin lines with a buttery smooth flow.
If you are interested in using steel pens for everyday writing/drafting, or you
want some nice consistent lines, then stock up on the Brause #29 "index nib"
It's an excellent nib with a unique look and a really nice feel when writing.
It's not terribly flexible, so it's great for the things like monoline and such,
whatever their names are. I'm less of a calligrapher and more of someone who just uses pens that have nibs
and get dipped, so for me at least this is an excellent nib for everyday use in