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These nibs are very smooth...
August 3, 2013
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These nibs are very smooth on a variety of papers, even on heavily textured watercolor paper. Pretty amazing..can't really do that with any other G nib Ive used. I don't prep these nibs like others have said. They may have a coating for rust protection but with the inks I have used so far...Dr Martins Black Star Matte and Black Magic and W&N waterproof Indian Ink..fairly dense inks, the ink sticks to the nib pretty well.
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Èstas plumillas son...
October 29, 2011
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Èstas plumillas son hermosas, hacen lìneas finas y gruesas cuando quieres !!! jetpens si te manda los pedidos, yo desconfiaba, pero me equivoquè. thanks jetpens, from Perù.
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I had never used a nib...
July 11, 2011
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I had never used a nib pen before so this was my first experience. It was instantly easy to use! There was no learning curve. Right out of the pack I loved drawing with it and was amazed at how fine the lines could be. I have tried other nibs since and none match up to this one. It is awesome.
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This nib is one of my...
April 18, 2011
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This nib is one of my absolute favorites-- it's incredibly responsive, lays down a beautiful line, and is so versatile-- thin or thick, it can do it all. As the nib wears out it gets harder to do the super-thin feathering lines, but its flexibility and the control it gives you over laying down varied line widths are amazing. Great for learning nib inking, and great for being a pro at it.
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The Zebra G is likely...
November 26, 2010
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The Zebra G is likely the best G nib being made today. Like the other G pens, the Zebra offers a wide range of line variability from fine to super thick. But it is capable of an even finer line than the other brands I have tried. It's also smoother writing than the others, and can be used in any direction - pushed, pulled, or side to side without catching.

Interestingly, the tines are ground for flexibility instead of stamped. This is an "old fashioned" method of adding flex to a nib, but it works better than stamping rows of grooves into the tines like Nikko, Tachikawa and Leonardt do on their G nibs.
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I tested the three types...
July 20, 2010
I tested the three types of G-pen: Tachikawa, Nikko and this one, Zebra. I just can say that the Zebra G-pen nib is the very best I have tried in my entire life. Tachikawa and Nikko G-pens get easily damaged and their inking doesn't take very long to get thicker, but the Zebra pen is still as thin or thick as I want it to be, and I can treat it more roughly than the other two. If you are attempting to draw manga or comic, I can warranty that the Zebra G-pen has good reasons to be most manga artists' favorite nib pen. From a line as thin as one made by a Round-pen to one almost as thick as one made by any permanent fine marker, the Zebra G-pen is a must try for any artist, not only those who draw manga or comic.
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I use Zebra G nibs and...
January 19, 2016
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I use Zebra G nibs and Tachikawa G nibs exclusively (all other nib types I use are made by Tachikawa). Both nibs have a similar feel in firmness. However, the Zebra G makes finer lines. Once broken in, the Zebra is a little more precise, but doesn't match the boldness/character of the Tachikawa G. I tend to keep one nib of each in a double sided holder and choose depending on what I need (foreground I tend to draw with Tachikawa G, while midground Zebra G, the rest Maru or School pen).

I had issues with an old couple batches with ink not flowing well with the nibs. However, it seems this issue as been corrected, but still repels ink more than my Tachikawa nibs. Every once in a while I'll have a flow issue, but very, very minor. Over all, I'm starting to like these nibs more and more. I just wish I knew why these repel ink more than my Tachikawa nibs when treated the same way (be it slightly acidic solution such as lemon juice/water, or green tea wash... or taking a flame to it for a split second).
Love these nibs! Perfect...
November 9, 2015
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Love these nibs! Perfect combo of strength and flexibility!
Considering the overwhelmingly...
July 31, 2015
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Considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I'm willing to see my poor experience with the Zebra G nib as a case of either getting shipped a bad batch, or maybe a case of me improperly priming the nib for use, but I just can't see how. My main problem with the nib is how poorly it holds on to ink. On far too many occasions I have loaded the nib with ink and started drawing, only to have a huge glob of ink fall off the nib and onto the page. I've done all I can to take the coating off the nib before actually using it, from scrubbing it with soap (different kinds, from a gentle dishwashing liquid to artists soap) and a toothbrush, placing them in a pot of boiling water, holding them over a match and rinsing them and a combination of these methods. After having done that for 4 different nibs in the same pack, the results have been the same, ink just drips off the nib. I've used three different types of inks as well, and still the results are the same. Again, perhaps I've been doing something wrong, and I'm somehow not using them properly, but I've used different brands of nibs before and I haven't run into these kinds of problems.

When the nib does actually manage to hold on ink, I've found it works pretty well. The lines it lays down are very nice, although there is the occasional skipping, which is probably related to the problems described above. Overall, I'm very disappointed, especially considering the universal praise these nibs have gotten on this site. I'll keep trying them out to see if I've been doing anything wrong, but I guess quality is not guaranteed, even with a product that has the kinds of reviews this one has gotten.
Martin Szymanski
My new favorite dip nib....
June 15, 2015
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My new favorite dip nib. I have used a number of nibs over the years for drawing and lettering, using drawing ink, fountain pen ink and thick printmaking ink (lithography) and have struggled to find a consistent experience with line quality, and frequency of dipping.
The Zebra G is fantastic in that it goes from razor hairline to beautiful thick lines with very little hand pressure. I can easily build a rhythm for both drawing and calligraphy without thinking about the technology of the nib. I write and draw more often with these around!
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