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Oh my goodness! Just...
July 26, 2013
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Oh my goodness! Just buy these! To me these nibs rival the g pen. These nibs are kind of special. Even if you dip it and have it touch the paper the ink won't come out and no lines will be made unless you apply pressure. These nibs are hard. At first I wasn't sure how these nibs would be but it is such a great product. The hardness allows you to create very CONTROLLED fine lines. It can do those small fine details. In fact you can use them over the g pen to ink the main parts if you wanted, the g pen have more line variation though since it's more flexible. These do have great line variation too but it just doesn't get as thick which is perfect. It gives such perfect lines and can get thinner than a single strand of hair. Flexible nibs are harder to control while for these it's easy to master. Don't get me wrong though flexible nibs are a must! They can do everything if you have the mastery and control.

However, these nibs aren't perfect. The good thing about them is that you can press hard allowing you to make smooth controlled fine lines to small gray lines. But it can be hard to start with the thinnest line possible at times because of the amount of pressure you have to put on these hard nibs to bring out a line. But I say practice. Also, and the most important thing to keep in mind is that because of the hardness it cannot make fast strokes. It cannot do fast and concise crosshatching. The lines will get broken and inconsistent. I would NOT use these for cross hatching. But that's what not these are for. It's about slow, controlled and elegant line character. You can cross hatch but it will be difficult. I'm suspecting the soft version of these nibs will be able to do the fast concise strokes. I haven't got them yet but I will definitely get those in the future. I had to give these nibs a good review. These are a must for me now and I thank Tachikawa.

One last thing. I can see these nibs getting bad reviews in the future because people can't use these nibs correctly. You use strokes, it's not a pen and it doesn't have 360 degree motion. You need pressure, it's not a flexible nib you can't just fling it around. Don't go up unless you point it upside down or turn the paper. Keep that in mind and it can create the longest smooth controlled line ever. Btw, I was using these on regular line paper and the paper was fine. All fine nibs catch the paper a little bit including the g pen. I must add these had better line character and ink flow then the crow quill nib I got from speedball. I hoped this helped you. I just want to help out a product that has helped me.
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Creates incredibly fine...
August 28, 2012
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Creates incredibly fine lines and if you prep the nib correctly, it'll be very smooth. It will catch on the paper at times, but that's expected of such a small point. I actually accidently stabbed my finger with it... You may only get 2 in one pack, but if you take care of them, one nib can last over a year.
Definitely will repurchase in the future.
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Personally, I get great...
February 8, 2015
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Personally, I get great detail lines with these. I don't have have any trouble with the amount of ink they hold or the ink flow. One thing is that it does scratch the paper if you tend to press to hard.
Sali Nadgi
Great product...
January 9, 2015
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Great product
Tends to slip out of...
January 2, 2015
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Tends to slip out of my holder. I have a custom made nib holder that I've used for years with Speedball and other types of nibs, but this is the first set that I've had problems keeping the nib in. A little Scotch tape around it fixes the issue, but thought I should inform others.

Other than that, they work better than any of the Speedball nibs I have.
J Tenneyson
Great for fine detai...
October 30, 2014
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Great for fine detail.
These Nibs take quite...
October 22, 2014
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These Nibs take quite a bit of practice since they are very hard and small, but once mastered they make clean clear lines and last a long time!
I own both these and...
December 18, 2013
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I own both these and the Tachikawa G-Pen nibs, so pretty much both ends of the spectrum. While the G-Pen nibs are flexible and have very nice ink flow, these are much harder and I'm not terribly impressed with the ink flow. I was doing some warm-up drawing, getting a feel for these and working the shakes out of my hand, and I couldn't draw a line longer than maybe 4 1/2 to 5 inches without it skipping. Did not matter how hard I pressed, either. I tried it both before and after lighting the tip and the results were the same. I decided to try and ink a full drawing with it anyways, though (For comparison, I use an ink that is very cleanable with plain ol' water, so I wasn't letting my pen gunk up and then wondering what was wrong).

On the plus side though, the lines I did make with this were very nice. I would like to try the soft version of this nib and see just how fine the lines could become. I was able to get down to about half the width of my pencil lines and added details that none of my other pens would have done or done as well. As long as I was careful, cleaned it often and took my time, the skipping was not too big of an issue in the test image I did. That being said I would still be very cautious to use this on something bigger or something I was serious about inking perfectly. The more you have to fix lines, the more imperfections there will be, and that's my biggest takeaway from this nib.

If you're interested in a maru nib, make sure you want a hard version and not a soft version, because Tachikawa makes those too.
I found this nib to be...
May 9, 2013
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I found this nib to be completely useless, it's too hard, catches on paper and the ink flow isn't that great even after lighting the nib up. Chrome nibs aren't my thing, you might like it if you have a need for very fine lines with low ink flow like if you want to ink eyes or that sort of details.
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