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All 15 Nib Options from Pilot Pen: The complete range Pilot's nibs


Pilot Pen is renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and innovation in the world of writing instruments. With a legacy spanning over a century, Pilot has continuously set the standard for precision and performance in pen design. From classic fountain pens to modern gel pens, Pilot offers a diverse range of high-quality writing tools tailored to meet the needs of writers, artists, students, and professionals alike. This Japansese brand offers a total of 15 nib options and in this blog we will talk about these nibs.

Pilot Custom 912: The All in One

Intriguingly, while Pilot Pen boasts an impressive array of nib options across their product line, it's worth noting that not every model offers the complete selection. Recently, however, Pilot made waves with the introduction of 8 new nib variations for their Custom 912 model. This expansion brings the total number of available nib choices for the Custom 912 to an impressive 15, offering enthusiasts a comprehensive spectrum of writing experiences to explore and enjoy.


Pilot Custom 312: The all in one

Here's the complete lineup, as described by Pilot:

  1. Extra Fine (EF) (0.25mm): a hard nib for small lettering, almost needle point.
  2. Fine (F) (0.32mm): a hard nib for fine lettering.Soft Fine (SF)(0.32mm): a soft nib for fine lettering.
  3. Fine Medium (FM) (0.4mm): a hard nib, in-between a Fine and Medium.
  4. Soft Fine Medium (SFM) (0.4mm): a soft nib, in-between a Fine and Medium.
  5. Medium (M) (0.5mm): a hard nib for medium lettering.
  6. Soft Medium (SM) (0.5mm): a soft nib for medium lettering.
  7. Broad (B) (0.61mm): a hard nib for bold lettering.
  8. Double Broad (BB) (0.72mm): hard big for very bold lettering. Between a Broad and Coarse.
  9. Posting (PO) (0.25mm): hard nib with a downturned tip shape that makes very fine, crisp lines with little pressure. Preferred for writing on paper prone to feathering.
  10. Falcon (FA): features the ingeniously-crafted “hooded” design allowing for subtle flex while writing.
  11. Waverly (WA) (0.5mm): designed with a slightly upturned tip delivering a uniquely flexible and customized, exceptionally smooth writing experience, regardless of the angle of writing.
  12. Stub (SU) (0.63mm): features a blunted, squared-off tip for broad vertical strokes and thin horizontal strokes. Traditional italic nib. Pilot has another stub nib called, The Pilot Calligraphy Medium nib (marked CM on the nib itself) is a 1.0 mm stub nib, it is available with Pilot Metropolitan Series.
  13. Coarse (C) (0.85mm): extra broad nib for extremely bold lines.
  14. Music (MS) (0.9mm): features three tines and was originally designed for writing sheet music and calligraphy. Modern italic nib.


Fountain pen nib size compare
Our one of the favorite, the Falcon Nib:

Pilot Falcon Nib

Final Thought

Discovering the ideal nib for your writing style is a nuanced journey influenced by various factors. Considerations such as your handwriting size, pen grip angle, feedback preference, Left-handed or Right-handed, writing pressure, script type, paper texture, absorbency, and ink choice all play crucial roles. Left-handed writers, for instance, often favor finer nibs to minimize smudging. Personally, I gravitate towards Japanese medium nibs due to their comfort, smoothness, and ability to produce captivating shading and sheening effects. However, I also appreciate the diversity of nib sizes for the unique experiences they offer across different writing tasks and artistic endeavors.
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