Nibs Blog


SF Pen Show

Thanks to everyone who visited our table at the San Francisco Pen Show this year! We had a great time meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces.

While we were there, we picked up a new pair of specialized nib pulling pliers, courtesy of PenTooling.

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Nibs Gets an Award at the San Francisco Pen Show


Pen World's 2018 Readers' Choice Award for Best Fine Art 
Pen. Seen in our shop window. 

Our New Look

We’ve got exciting news to share today – has a new look!

I Love Instagram

Let me start with a disclaimer; I am not of the social media generation. That said, I have an abiding interest in photography and am easily caught up by visual stimulation. An example of this is my difficulty to focus on the person I am with when I am in the presence of a TV screen. (In restaurants I look for seating that do not have a screen in view.) So when my wife introduced me to Instagram, a site where like minded and topic driven people find each other, I could not resist.

The Pens We Brought To Japan

For our visit to Japan, we wanted to bring pens representing each vendor we’d be visiting. Below our thoughts behind our choices.


A Nakaya Piccolo Writer in Araishu, with a Medium two-tone nib. The size is right for my hand in the generally larger barreled Nakaya, and the color is to me, quintessentially Japan. The two-tone nib is subtle but a little more detailed than it’s single-toned cousins, and a Medium Japanese nib gives me ease of use while not being overly large or wet.

Japanese Pens and Japanese Knives

If Japanese pens are among the tops in the world, Japanese knives are right up there, too. 

Craeft - Book Review

Our generation is bombarded with all manner of objects and advertising that purports to be authentic craft. Many of these are made by large manufacturers looking to capitalize on what is perceived to be authentic. Witness big breweries that produce beers for mass consumption that purport to be "hand-made," when actually they gush from huge pressurized storage tanks. Websites offer game memorabilia that they say is  "authentic craft." No wonder there is confusion.