Hello one and all.
I wanted to share with you some of my experiences with a newly discovered (to me) dip nib by Brause, called the No. 361 nib. It goes by various names, the “Steno” nib, or the “Blue Pumpkin”.
Let me just say that the 361 is an amazing nib! It’s super flexy and needle-point fine. So you can achieve some really stark line variation with this thing.
And generally dip nibs of this kind are dirt cheap. I’d be amazed if they were selling anywhere for even as much as $5. Usually they are anywhere from $1 to $2.50 individually. My entire set was in the neighborhood of $30 and it included 6 nibs, a pen holder and a bottle of ink.
I got mine from European Paper. It’s a very nice site. Customer service is very helpful. I like the clean and efficient layout of their site.
The set consists of 3 italic nibs of various sizes, and 3 fine nibs with varying degrees of flex in them.
Along with the calligraphy set, I ordered an A4 size spiral bound clairefontaine notebook which has french ruling on it. French ruling is ideal for controlling your writing and keeping your letters uniformly sized.
My issue with the 361, initially, was that with the amount of flexing I wanted to do with this nib, the small amount of ink I got on the nib by dipping it, ran out far too quickly and I was lucky to have even completed a word on a single dip.
I badly needed some form of a reservoir mechanism on this nib to make it worthwhile, otherwise I would have quickly lost interest.
Luckily I devised a way to put a reservoir on the nib, and I didn’t even have to look very far.
There is a reservoir that comes attached to the Italic nibs (Brause calls them “Bandzug” nibs).
The reservoir on the Bandzug nib can be easily removed by sliding it off of the nib.
Once removed, the reservoir can then be attached to the 361.
After attaching this reservoir to the nib, I have increased the ink capacity on the nib by a miraculous ten-fold, it seems.
This was the first bit of writing that I did with it, and I was pretty amazed with what the nib could do for me.
The last two lines on the page here were written with a Waterman 52 fitted with a flex nib, just for comparison.
I started writing the names of my co-workers for them and they just stared in complete and utter amazement.
Here’s how much I could write with it on a single dip.
Here’s the original writing sample again.
The very first word on here “Brause” was written without a reservoir, and I had to do multiple dips to complete only that one word. Then I dipped again, and managed to write an entire line but without flexing at all.
And then came the reservoir and it changed everything.