Calligraphy – Nibs


Founded in 1850, Brause calligraphy nibs have been considered by many calligraphers to be among the best on the market.

Brause manufactures steel nibs for writing, drawing and decorating. Brause nibs can be found in the toolbox of many calligraphers, lettering artists, penmen and illustrators.

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William Mitchell

The William Mitchell heritage in making pen nibs began whilst working with his brother John Mitchell in the early 1820s. William Mitchell established his own business in 1825 to become one of the leading nib manufacturers and famous for lettering pens. Almost 100 years later William Mitchell merged with Hinks, Wells & Co another pen manufacturer to form British Pens employing around 1000 people in the Bearwood Road area of Birmingham. During the early 1960s British Pens acquired the pen business of other pen manufacturers Perry & Co and John Mitchell once again reuniting the two brothers. Joseph Gillott who were famous for their artist drawing and mapping nibs amalgamated with British pens in 1969.

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Somewhere, the spirit of C. Howard Hunt must be beaming with pride, because the pens his company began to manufacture in 1899 are still being produced. What’s more, the company, now called Speedball® after its famous dip pens, is alive and healthy.

A new chapter to the history of Speedball® began November 14, 1997 when our CEO Walt Glazer led a buyout of the Speedball® division during Hunt Corporation’s restructuring.

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D. Leonardt & Co was established in 1856 as a manufacturer of steel pen nibs, which we still produce, and from the early days we have developed skills in the forming and finishing of metal pressings.

Over the past twenty-five years, D.Leonardt & Co. has become the world leader in the supply of metal corners to the Diary Industry. 

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Joseph Gillott’s

Joseph Gillott’s is a company based in Birmingham, West Midlands” which has been manufacturing high-quality dip pens since 1827. The company is currently part of William Mitchell Ltd.

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Nikko G Nibs are high quality, hand-cut, medium flex, chrome plated Japenese pens which give very fine hairlines. Extremely smooth and long lasting. Fit best into adjustable oblique holders such as our adjustable oblique holders.

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