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Spotlight: The Nikko G nib

Spotlight: The Nikko G nib

The Nikko G pointed nib is the best nib to help you learn the basics of calligraphy. These chrome-plated Nikko G nibs are hand cut in Japan with medium flex, giving very fine hairline strokes. The nibs are extremely smooth to use and are also very forgiving, if you mess a stroke it can allow you to go back and fix it quite easily.

This nib is perfect for beginners as it allows you to get a feel for writing and find your rhythm, without giving you grief. Some nibs can snag or jump and splatter ink on the page which can be disheartening when you’re trying to learn, but it takes a lot for the Nikko G to do this.

The Nikko G is extremely versatile, making it a staple nib in any calligrapher’s toolkit. It’s most commonly used in calligraphy for Copperplate and Spencerian scripts, but was initially intended for drawing Manga comics, making it a great nib for drawing, too!

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Why the Nikko G is a must!

  • It’s a strong, sturdy nib with medium flex, meaning good contrast between thick and thin strokes
  • Holds more ink than other nibs, which means you won’t be re-dipping so often
  • Rarely snags or scratches the surface when writing
  • The nib is long lasting
  • Nibs are cheap to buy (especially in a pack)
  • Fits in almost every holder (recommended with obliques)

How to use

Every nib, when first purchased, holds a factory-applied, protective coating, used to prevent rust. There are a number of ways you can remove this lacquer, read this post that lists the varied ways you can prep your nibs. 

Loading your nib incorrectly can affect how well ink flows and it will work when pressed. Place the nib into your holder up until where the word ‘NIKKO’ appears on the imprint. If you dip the entire nib under ink it will absorb excess ink and you may encounter mass blobs of ink when writing. 

When loading your ink, dip the nib’s tip and shoulders into the ink until about 3/4 of the way into the nib’s vent.

The lines on this diagram indicate at which points you should load your nib into your holder (right) and fill with ink (left).

The lines on this diagram indicate at which points you should load your nib into your holder (right) and fill with ink (left).


A Nikko G nib will set you back around US$2. I advise you buy at least 3—promise you’re going to love these!

Paper & Ink Arts, John Neal, JetPens, Amazon (US)
Quill, Scribblers, Cult Pens (UK)
Calligraphy Supplies Australia, Wills Quills, Manga Arts (Australia)

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Interview with Courtney Shelton from HIBRID

Interview with Courtney Shelton from HIBRID

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