Below are the four nibs I use most frequently in my work, some of their differences and when I choose to use them. If you’ve never used calligraphy supplies at all, though, we definitely recommend our starter kit which provides instruction on how to actually use the tools.
The Zebra G nib is a large nib with a very fine tip. It creates an extremely fine hairline but you have to press pretty hard to get a thick line. Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko G. If you are using the Nikko G but would like to be able to write with thinner hairlines and thicker strokes, I recommend using this nib.
I don’t recommend this nib on paper prone to catching because the tip is so sharp. Personally this is my least favorite of the four because I find it too firm, and would really only use it if I didn’t have any Nikko Gs on hand.
I prefer to use this nib on smooth or shimmer paper when I want to achieve a fine hairline using metallic or white ink, which generally come out a bit thicker.
Now we’re moving into my two favorites…
I use this nib daily for envelope orders!
This is another nib that I use almost daily, and I prefer to use it when working with handmade or textured paper. Check out our YouTube Video for instructions on prepping your Nikko G or our other video on how to find a nib that works best for you!
You can find packs of each of these nibs here. Please keep in mind that all of these opinions are my own, and other calligraphers may have a different experience with them.