Choosing the right nib

The heart of a good fountain pen is the nib. The nib gives handwriting a personal character and transforms it into a writing that is individual and unique to each person. The more valuable the nib material and its elaborate processing, the smoother the writing feeling.

Choosing the right nib


The nib – punched out of selected golden bands, formed and embossed. Precision work with a passion for detail. A rounded tip crowns the nib. It is made of iridium, a metal of the group of platinum. Carefully welded to the nib, it is smoothed and constantly and thoroughly tested.

A shining finish. Small particles of porcelain smooth the nib before it is brightly polished by tiny balls of copper. Concentrated and with an eye for unique details, a variety of work steps are necessary to complete the nib. Every single nib is tested by hand at the Pelikan company.

The high-quality nibs from Pelikan allow a fluent handwriting for both casual and experienced writers. The larger a nib, the more room is there for the material to move, therefore a nib in the size M800 or M1000 will automatically provide a good flexibility. However, we are also very proud of our smaller gold nibs and the high-quality stainless-steel nibs that offer great writing comfort combined with a very attractive price.


If your handwriting is small or tight, or if you write in Asian letters, then the nib sizes EF (extra fine) or F (fine) are advisable. If you write with big letters or if you’re looking for a nice signature pen, then the nib sizes M (medium) or B (broad) are advisable. The italic nib (only available in the nib size 800) is slightly slanted and gives your handwriting an extra charming touch because the vertical lines are broader than the horizontal lines.

As the material is soft enough to adapt to your handwriting with time, left-handers don’t need any special pens but can choose any of the above-mentioned sizes. It might be more difficult to write with the Italic nib, and therefore we recommend a personal test in this case.

As a general rule, good nibs don’t need much pressure. This makes the writing very different from writing with a ball pen, and is particularly pleasant if you write for longer stretches of time.

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Make a Wish

You can also order a nib especially made to order for your needs when visiting our factory in Germany: The Make A Wish Nib.

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Nib exchange

If you would like to install a nib of a different size, Pelikan offers you to have it done for you free of charge within the first four weeks after purchase (please make sure to present your proof of purchase).

For nib exchanges in the range of the standard nib widths EF, F, M, and B the exchange is free of charge within the first four weeks. For further information, please contact your trusted specialty retailer, contact your local Pelikan sales organization, or click here to contact us directly.

For Classic M200, M205, M215: €11,90
For Souverän M300, M400, M405, M600, M605: €41,65
For Souverän M800, M805, M1000: €65,45
For Toledo M700, M900: €65,45

These fees vary and depend on the type of the nib (stainless-steel nib, 14-carat/585 gold nib or 18-carat/750 gold nib). For further information, please contact your trusted specialty retailer, contact your local Pelikan sales organization, or click here to contact us directly.

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