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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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If you're the type who...
September 12, 2016
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If you're the type who draws with a Hunt 102 and looking for something different, then this nib isn't for you. The Tachikawa mapping nib is slightly longer than it's Speedball peer--about a mm and a half. They are just as stiff as the Hunt, but less scratchy.

Remember-- these are designed to be used in Manga-styled drawing. For eastern styled comics are drawn smaller than their western counterparts. The nib produces a very thin, defined line--perfect for extreme detail and reduced sized manuscript artwork.

These are a good alternative to the Hunt 102. If you have mastered that nib then these would be no problem.

In addition--when using this nib, a good calligraphy ink works best as opposed to an ink that's shellac based.
Reuben Flagg
New favorite nib! Nice...
August 2, 2016
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New favorite nib! Nice flex, great control-ability and makes it easy to get consistent fine details. I like it more that the G nib (very nice but make bigger lines) for comics work.
Nice and crisp...
July 15, 2016
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Nice and crisp
J Max Puga
I really love the feel...
April 22, 2016
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I really love the feel of these nibs,very smooth and probably my favorite.
I was surprised at how much ink it holds, it just keeps going and going.
Small but mighty!
Very crisp. A bit scratchy...
December 15, 2015
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Very crisp. A bit scratchy but not in the way that would annoy you. Make really thin lines, little variation and by that not easily achieved. Great experience!
This nib is great for...
December 10, 2015
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This nib is great for tiny details and hatching! They have decent line variation. They also have nice ink-flow and you can use them for quite a while before having to dip it again. They're pretty scratchy, but I'm pretty sure that's just because they're new and still very sharp.
Really good for small...
November 10, 2015
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Really good for small details.
Item is as described...
August 6, 2015
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Item is as described so far.
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