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Tipping Sizes for New Pens Available
from Classic Fountain Pens, Inc.

"Tipping Size" is a term that refers to the actual writing surface provided by any given nib--the size of the part of the nib that actually comes into contact with the paper. Not surprisingly, nibs on the finer side of the spectrum have the smallest tipping sizes, while broads, stubs, and the like offer the largest--but that still isn't the whole story.

The tipping sizes on standard nibs differ from company to company, and even from country to country. The Japanese standard, for instance, is smaller than that used by Italian and German manufacturers. The American company, Bexley, uses a German nib. Pelikan, meanwhile, offers the greatest selection and ease of installation.

The numbers below were acquired through our own micrometer measurements of the tips themselves; they are not intended to specify the written line-widths each would produce, since these will vary due to writing pressure, ink, and paper choice. We have even found that there can be slight variations in tipping size between individual, identically-labeled nibs made by the same manufacturer--but the chart below still provides a useful reference point.

To avoid any potential confusion, it should be noted that calligraphy nibs use a different and much broader scale than fountain pen nibs. A fountain pen fine, for instance, is much less than half the width of a calligraphy fine.

Most vintage pens, on the other hand, are found with extra-fine and fine nibs. Medium nibs are less common in these pens, and broads are rare. Vintage fine and extra-fine tips are even finer than most points made today.

SIZE
AURORA
BEXLEY
MONTEGRAPPA
NAKAYA/
PLATINUM
OMAS
PARKER
PELIKAN
PILOT
SAILOR
SHEAFFER WATERMAN
SABI-TOGI
.10mm
   
XXF
.10mm
.30mm
   
XF
.35mm
.35mm
.18mm
.30mm
.35mm
.35mm
.2mm
.23mm
.35mm
F
.45mm
.45mm
.45mm
.28mm
.40mm
.40mm
.40mm
.35mm
.30mm
.40mm
.45mm
MF
.36mm
M
.55mm
.60mm
.55mm
.49mm
.65mm
.65mm
.70mm
.55mm
.50mm
.60mm
.65mm
B
.75mm
.85mm
.85mm
.60mm
.75mm
.85mm
.85mm
.70mm
.60mm
.85mm
.80mm
BB
.90mm
1.0mm
.95mm
.86mm
1.0mm
3B
1.1mm
1.3mm
MUSIC/STUB
.90mm
1.2mm
1.0mm
1.15mm
1.1mm
1.15mm
1.0mm
ZOOM
.25 - .7mm
IT
1.0mm
1.1mm
1.5mm
OF/OFR
.60mm
OM & OMR
.80mm
.70mm
.80mm
.65mm
   
OB & OBR
.95mm
1.0mm
.80mm
   
OBB
.95mm
1.0mm
   
O3B
1.3mm
   
 
 
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