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Can I get a fountain pen with an italic nib?

We stock a number of pens with italic nibs at a wide range of price points.

  • Kaweco - pens with chrome trim have the option of 1.1, 1.5, 1.9 or 2.3mm italic nibs. These nibs are flat and untipped but with rounded edges for easy writing.
  • Lamy - all Lamy fountain pens (apart from the 2000) can be fitted with the Lamy "joy" steel nib in either 1.1, 1.5 or 1.9mm sizes (part number Z50). These nibs are flat and untipped with a straight edge but rounded edges for easy flowing writing.
  • Edison - pens with steel nibs have the option of 1.1 or 1.5mm flat, untipped nibs. These nibs have rounded edges for easy flowing writing.
  • TWSBI - most TWSBI fountain pens have a 1.1mm or 1.5mm italic option. These nibs are flat and untipped with a straight edge but rounded edges for easy flowing writing.
  • Parker - the Duofold models have fine and medium italic options (there is also a broad italic option available so please ask for details). These nibs are flat-tipped to give a fairly crisp line with the amount of variation between a flat untipped nib and a stub.
  • Conway Stewart - most models have a fine-, medium- and broad-italic option. These nibs are 18k gold and have generous tipping but still offer good line variation. They are not true italic nibs so should really be described as stub or stub-italic. Unfortunately Conway Strewart went out of business in September 2014 so stock is now very limited.
  • Visconti - the "Dream Touch" palladium nib has a 1.3mm stub option.
  • Sailor - the "music" nib is a broad stub that gives very good line variation. This option is available on some 1911 and Professional Gear models.
  • Pelikan Some versions of the Traditional Series M200 have an "italic" nib option. This nib is actually more like a stub in that it has tipping but the line variation is quite crisp.
Please refer to individual model descriptions for further details and availability. Please Note that this information is subject to change without notice.


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