August 22, 2019 61

Calligraphy pointed nibs review with Kei Haniya

Calligraphy pointed nibs review with Kei Haniya

hi everyone it’s okay Kei from Haniya and calligraphy studio on behalf of calligraphy masters I’d like to talk to you today about some of the most popular pointed send calligraphy notes up in the market I’m going to start with a zebra G the hunt 101 1022 Elenna principle the Browse 66 and finally such a lot 303 let’s begin by talking about one of the most popular needs in the market the genus the nib that I’m going to demo is the zebra genus which I have here in my hand the jeans are what i would call medium flex nets they’re not going to spread very far they’re highly durable the point is fairly dull if you’re not going to get a super fine hairline and the distinction between your hair lines in the shade is not going to be great and this name is often used for beginners because because of its durability it’s quite indestructible there they’re hard to destroy this this nip here is the track touch ecology it’s a little bit more pointing with a zebra Gina same kind of slacks with rather stiff and this is the new koji that is also very popular again it’s a gene in it is the medium flex and it’s still rather stiff of these three I find the beaver genes speed most easy for me to use they are slightly different all three of them even though they’re genius so I suggest you buy one of each just try them out I do have a zebra gene is my older yes this Ned isn’t a genus this myth is Rostov called the bluestem Oh sometimes known as we don’t get i only have it here because it’s another very popular with medium medium flexes you can see the point is rather dull you’re not going to get a huge distinction between your hairlines and shades and flux is rather stiff this is a greatness for thicker inks I don’t use it very often but i just thought i would show it here just in case you wanted to try an extranet so let’s demo again I’m going to demo with a super genius because that is the one that I I used whenever I have you know the tricky paper because the zebra G is great for like handmade paper or highly technical paper for certain types of jobs I’m going to use two different types of things at different institutions me the palace image inc which ipad and then I also like the daniell cell excuse me the daniel Smith just you can go the idea for how this works with different textures the type of paper that i have is this campus pro marker layout paper and rather smooth and slick and I find it quite reasonable again that papers I cancel this tent is by Christopher you at yo Craig company on a trip so I’m going to start I just have some of that camps and pro-market paper here underneath I have provide lights which you can find on my website and i’m just going to write super Jeep let’s start with being to me you can say that I don’t have to load a lot of being far too busy / g I will actually shake off any excess so let’s get started so you’re going to see that I am NOT going to press that hard with a zebra ginette and you’re going to notice that it’s going to give me quite a bit of resistance as I’m writing and you’re going to also see that the shades aren’t quite that bold and the hair lines aren’t quite that fine but just playing just applying just enough pressure gives you enough distinction between the hair lines and the shades to make it look like lovely quite a few calligraphers I know like the zebra ginette and like I said I do enjoy it for certain jobs in certain types of paper you can use it on very smooth marker practice paper like this you can also use it with with ya textured paper watercolor paper particularly cold pressed paper like I said you you can press pretty hard on it and it’s not going to get destroyed I am at this point going to demonstrate using this is Eva Jean is very by applying more pressure than necessary that I often see people do with my few videos on Instagram so I’m going to come in i’m going to write zero g again I’m really going to press you’re probably going to see my knuckle get a little bit white because i don’t use this much pressure when i’m using this knit can you use this much pressure sure you can and this is one of the reasons why this myth is often used for beginners workshops or recommended for beginners because you can see I’m pressing very hard and the nib is closing back in place if i press this hard on a super fine point nib that was very sharp and i didn’t know what i was doing the likelihood that i would break the nib or missile and the x is quite high you can kind of see the variation that i can get in the shades just by pressing on it harder and you’ll also see that because this name is rather large it’ll hold quite a bit of ink this would be my preferred shade Caroline ratio when I’m innocent now I’m going to just off camera right here I’m just going to be wifey wind it clean and I want to get mine is this zebra team is in the wall right knee just so you can see how it works with a little bit thinner ain’t ok so the walnut ink on here and you can see that’s a much thinner ink you can almost see through it that’s quite transmission transmission excuse me and hopefully I’m going to go back to my regular typos pressure when you’re using a center inc with the G nibs and you press too hard the center inc can pull out a little bit and you might find it a little bit more tricky to use if you find that’s an issue just don’t press quite a card this is a medium flex Ned two rather stiff you just need to give it enough pressure to get a nice distinction between your hair lines in your shades it doesn’t need to be quite this big that’s the zebra Gina and the way this works is very similar to the other two popular genius such as the me coji and itachi ecology and you’re also going to get a very similar look if you use the bra steno also known as blue pumpkin now I’d like some o the 522 hunt 101 minutes both made by speedball is a very common is found in almost all art art supply stores because they’re made by speedball and people is very common to find it works placed with the hot swing 2 and that 101 you can see our rather pointy tip they’re also very flexible about 10 1 being more flexible than subtlety to these are two excellent starter to in my opinion that I prefer these to the genus if you’re starting out because they do offer less resistance you become a little bit more aware not let me say you become better aware of how pressure affects the shapes of your letters like I said the had 22 is a little bit stiffer now no one is more flexible you can see is a little difference in the vent hole or the inkwell resonance this was no goals of some kind of a kind of a fancy little cactus shape to it when it’s demo the 22 first and then I’ll demo the one on one and the Hun 20 to hear that this was actually been used quite a bit because I didn’t want to use a brand new tips on a demonstrate something that I would not normally suggest I need you with these pneus the holders by yoke activity I’m going to go over and I’m going to get some sumi ink and right here i’m going to write huntington so you’ll see that the hair lines are rather fine you can create really pretty shades quite smooth it’s pointy er more flexible in the zebra g keep in mind no matter what name you’re using you just don’t need to apply that much pressure now I kind of messed up there but we’re just going to keep that in 22 now again if I wanted to add a little bit more pressure to this I said to show you the difference I want to add too much but it can give you a little bit bigger shade if you had a little bit more pressure okay it can withstand that pressure what you don’t want to do and again I’m doing this with a very old men is no matter what if you’re using whether it’s a Gina you never want to push an intuos extreme if you apply a lot of pressure on this and you can see I have a white-knuckle here I’m putting a lot of pressure on this man this is going out to about three millimeters just because an imp will spread this wide just because it is x will spread this wide that does not mean that it should ever feed this ride or have this much of pressure applied to it okay if you will undoubtedly ruin the alignment of your time you’ll undoubtedly ruin minute as well I’m going to grab a little bit of walla inc which is a little bit better just so you can see how it reacts to a center inc I do like walnut ink in the hut 22 I think make for great from a great Inc need combo for practice the Roma ink the reason why I like that for practice is because as it dries it will show you some of the issues that you might be having in your in your script because as it dries it will show you where you are applying pressure where you might have been off the access of the script and other such stuff as you practice as you plant ok I’m going to go over here and I’m going to grab the econ 101 now you can see immediately this is definitely a little bit more flexible very very pointy and I don’t want to apply too much pressure to this but the same thing that could happen if you press on this really hardening make those times go out wafer this and they’re supposed to the x will get misaligned and then you won’t be able to use it anymore so as you can see I only want to apply enough pressure to get a distinction between what the hairline would be created and once the shade would be created okay this holder is the hourglass cut of hourglass adjustable oblique from paper and ink works I’m gonna grab some for being one of the most work things about the top 10 one is you want to make sure that the inkwell is spilled all the way up past testing okay you don’t want to dip it just pathway which is something you can do when you are using it so let’s just write very quickly and again you can see that the shades that I’m creating with the hunt 101 are actually even a little bit bigger than the head 22 and even though i’m not actually applying any more pressure than what i was playing with the hunt 22 this is just a much more flexible nib and you will get a much greater shade to Caroline differential than you would with the 22 and again I’m not applying back now this what this to me just wiping off negative here again just as a side note on doing this I like viva paper towel if you have them in your community they feel like cloth same thing with the Walla Inc people will have trouble sometimes with center inc and the hunt 101 just make sure that that inkwell is full okay and you may have to dip frequently I’ve been doing this for quite a long time and have pretty good good control i would hope over my meds and see I even ran out of ink right there and you know depending on the net and the in combination and the paper that I’m using I may not have to read it this frequently as somebody who’s starting out one of the issues that happens in the reason why New calligraphers or people that are new to clear fee have issues with having to read it or they struggle with center inc like walnut ink or even a watercolor is because they’re pressing so hard that all of the ink pulls out when you have a lighter hand and you learn to have a lighter touch can really control your time and your pressure you’ll have less of an issue so some comparisons here have 101 obviously gives you a much bigger shade to Caroline differential in the hunt 22 does but both Caroline’s are quite fine and lovely they can both be used with sumi ink and thicker expecting me and now I’d like to talk to you about the Leonard principle this is one of my all-time favorite mints and you can see that it is actually a little bit smaller than the hot 101 or the hot 22 it’s also very very very pointy and it’s quite flexible and I’m barely pressing on this man because it’s a brand new med but just so you can see I’m fairly pressing on it and look how quickly the tines miss it’s a very pointing in this is a great work portion of in my opinion I set that aside i have this Leonard principle here in another Europe in company holder and this actually was the very first holder I ever bought some question and it’s one of my all-time favorites so I’m just going to come in here and i’m going to write i’m going to write winner okay i’ll do a capital this time now I apologize for getting a little drop of ink right there you can hear that it’s a little bit scratchy have been using this one are quite a bit that’s already in this 10 and you’ll notice that too on sharper finer nodes they will scratch a little bit a little bit of scratching is okay a lot of scratching to my identify that you are pressing too hard on the up strokes or your nib have seen the end of its days and it’s ready to be replaced that’s the one are comfortable you can see it makes really really beautiful quality of line I really really love business and it’s a great beginner neb in my opinion as well because the flexibility I’m just five minute off because the flexibility gives you a familiarity with how pressure applies to the net here I’ve got walnut ink we’re just going to write the word principle and I’ll write it right on this plate next to it here the letter principle is a little bit more of an expensive nib relatively speaking and I’m not exactly sure why that is it could just be the gauge of the metal the quality of the metal but it is a little bit more expensive I do suggest though if you can afford it fits in your budget that when you order needs that are of a finer point and that are a lot more flexible that you order three at a time the reason why is you have one that you might break because you’re not familiar with it or no matter how great the nib company is there’s always going to be a few in the batch that aren’t going to be great and then also to verify then if something happens with that one you have a second one as a backup and then then you have the third one just in case you really really love it while you’re waiting to the resupply to come so I’m going to add just a little bit more pressure underneath here I’m just going to use one of the Incas up as a cdma nib so I’m going to come in and this nervous sometimes called the lenny i am going to apply a little bit more pressure still being very quiet as much as i can even though the snip is going to be used a little bit too much and it’s probably ready to be replaced just guiding both those times up creating a little bit bigger shade and i would probably never make my shades any bigger than this using lint principle and by this i mean it’s about a millimeter and a half like excellent epistle I’d like to talk to you about the bra 66 es the e f stands for extra fine that’s this very tiny little med right here I have it next to a hot 101 and a zebra G just so you can see the comparison this is just a very very tiny nib it’s oddly size but even though it looks very timely this nib can actually do a lot of work and I don’t use this nib often it is much like the genius the zebra genius that I use sometimes it will be the only nerd that will work on tricky paper oddly enough or ironically enough this man can be a little bit tricky to get the ink to start i am going to demo that for you now went to movies aside just so you can see I personally have the 66 es I have kind of bent and molded the flange on this Heather held and Chris health custom oblique to fit a 60 60 s I did that by flattening flange out quite a bit ok you don’t have to do that if you have a pen that has a bulok flange or an adjustable plant this one happens to be the paper tank arts oblique you will see inside so this mythology you will see inside that there are two different levels that top that will fit a big nerd like the genus or the hunt 101 that middle slot will fit the brass 60 60 s and smaller nerds like the gelateria three and in that center split that center circle slot that is for a croak will dip to see no but that’s what’s great about these belong flanges is exhausted multiple sizes and they’re great for fitting special size med like the porosity 60th when I pick up my pen I’m going to get some sumi ink over here and hopefully this will won’t start so that I can show to one of the problems and that a lot of people will complain about with the brass 60 60 s and you’ll notice that i have this past the inkwell is they struggle with the ink and getting it to start so I have a little bit of some time at sip of that I apologize I’m just going to keep it real hair fine I come up this men don’t let the size of it balai it actually can take quite a bit of pressure and it recreates so if you see there I tried to create a hairline and I got it to go and hang on one second it’ll do it again it’ll create quite big bold shades in comparisons and hairlines with actually very little pressure so you can see I had troubled it but the ink isn’t isn’t starting from the nib and it’s not because I don’t have ink in there you can see my inkwell is full what you have to do sometimes is you have to take the tip of the brass 66 e f and you can I just press it a little bit you create a little divot and that that drops a little bit of ink there then you can go in and that little divot and the ink that you raid down will help that ink restart again that’s just one of the nature’s one of the little quirks about this nib once you get familiar with with understanding how to how to fix it and get it to start again it really doesn’t become that big of a deal so again I’m having some trouble so again I’m just kind of tapping down some ink being careful not to make a bit too big because you don’t want to ruin your paper or punch a hole through it but just a little bit like that just to get the bank started and those are definitely not the most attractive success but the other thing that you can do is you can just take some fresh water you can just dip the tip in there and you can see that very little ink came off this is another thing you can do to troubleshoot and I left water I’ll play apologize for that and that can also help you if the ink to start again but you can see it creates really nice quality of line and shape I’m going to rinse off the the nib real quick cleaning it off over here and like I said this isn’t there that I used frequently it isn’t it that when I am dealing with a very tricky paper or tricky I will sometimes use this to test out sometimes it’ll be the one that works so I’m just going to add a little bit of walnut ink here i’ll write the word extra fine which in my opinion is actually kind of a misnomer again a little bit of an ink laying that down coming up because the nib itself I don’t find to be that pointy but maybe because it’s tiny in size that’s why they call it that but it does create quite nice differentiation between shades and hairlines and it’s quite quite a workhorse even though it’s very very small that is robotically 60s if you can learn how to troubleshoot through some of its quirkiness it actually is a great meant to use last but certainly not least I’m going to talk to you about the July 303 the july three of three is a blue in color it is extremely 20 is very very flexible and it is smaller in size it’s not as small as the brass 60 60s but it’s definitely not as big as the hunt 22 or front 101 this is the only nib of its size which is kind of odd Abbott here in my yoke 10 I am going to get some skinny inks and we’re just going to write drill apt 303 adalat 303 you have to be very careful because it is so pointy because it is so sharp that as you go up into the up strokes or the hairline you have to keep in mind that you’re literally just guiding the knit up and then applying pressure for the shade or the down strokes there’s a real big difference between guiding and it and pushing a nib when you push a Ned you’re pushing it and you’re applying pressure to it that creates catching of the nib on paper even smooth paper like this marker paper and the catching will often create ink splatters and more likely than not you may suffer from the times becoming a line because it caught so when you’re using a particularly flexible and pointing it such as such a lot three or three you just have to remember you’re hiding the nibs up so long as the ink is in contact with the paper not necessarily the time the ink will lay down it’s complicated and give you beautiful Caroline the gelato 3 is an excellent nib I use it quite frequently for my practice it might not be the best known to use when you’re doing lots of envelopes or a huge custom piece simply because it is so fine it doesn’t last that long especially if you’re not familiar with how to handle a bit of this flexibility I got some walnut ink here and we’ll just write to lot again and I do have an older july in here so i will on this i’ll come down and apply a little bit more pressure so you can see how wide I can take that but again I would not normally write with the july three of three by creating shades that why’d you will wear the nip down and you’re probably also applying so much pressure with your hand and your fingers your hands will tire out wanna ink sumi ink applying a bit more pressure from the l to the tea with the Gillette remember no matter which name you choose to use is an entirely personal choice the mid-sized review today should give you a nice taste the types of flexibility and sharpness that’s available experiment and find the node that works best for you and your script on behalf of the entire calligraphy masters team thanks again

61 Replies to “Calligraphy pointed nibs review with Kei Haniya”

  • g a b b y says:

    Hi, I found the video great, but the zooming in and the half opacity made it tough to see what the details were sometimes. Maybe just a pause and zoom in to show the finer details instead of adjusting the opacity?
    But otherwise, thank you for the informative video 🙂

  • Jason Tay says:

    Does she have any recommendations for a fine point nib similar to the Principal EF? Recent batches (Tried like 10-12 pieces) of the EF aren't that great. They're much stiffer and don't have a sharp point any more.

    Also how should the writing angle of the nib to paper be like? Should it be like a 45? or slightly lower around a 30?

    On editing: The ghostly zoom ins is quite disorienting, so you might want to cut down (actually, don't use it). Random emojis break flow and also not a good idea…

  • Steven Miller says:

    Can you find a better pointed pen calligrapher to demonstrate? I don't think the letters are supposed to look like it was written in an earthquake.

  • sukilu1964 says:

    lovely work, excellent vid. great job.

  • Slo.Leecalli says:

    So helpful video!!!

  • Roman Neofidi says:

    nice works!!

  • Mars Calligraphy says:

    Dude, you're doing a great job but these smileys looks akwards

  • Faith Robin Buchin says:

    Really enjoyed the video! I have only two criticisms and two questions. The smileys were very distracting and the music at times blotted out her voice. Would you please put a link to the brand of Sumi ink she used and also a link for the brand of paper she was using? Thanks a bunch!

  • Kate Catalano says:

    music really drowns out your voice, it is super frustrating.

  • Melissa Martinez says:

    What did she say about the Sumi ink and water?

  • Falcon3882 says:

    This was supposed to be informative. Congratulations, gold medal in annoyance. Couldn't hear a thing with that loud cheap attempt at music. Why was music necessary to begin with? This in not an elevator.

  • kuroshinozuji fudo says:

    What's up with the blurr

  • rachael kent says:

    I really enjoyed the information in this video. Thank you. I didnot love the doubled-up zoom effect (absolutely worst) and the randomly loud massage music can mike it difficult to hear.

  • Matthew Zinnel says:

    would've been better if there was no music………………………………i watched 2 minutes before I had to stop because my ears were so offended. Might as well not even post this video, complete waste of time………and all because the music was too loud and the talking was too quiet. In the future, please do not add music to a video when someone is talking in the video.

  • john bolton says:

    practical and useful
    unlike that guy with a lot of theories and words.

  • Cynthia Murrell says:

    The music is loud..Can you write the name of the nibs…it is hard to tell what the name of the nibs are.

  • itsjohnnyy says:

    Does sumi ink deteriorate nibs the same way irongall ink does?

  • Thu Be says:

    very enjoy

  • vallisdero says:

    i prefer to have no backround music at all since sometimes the music is annoying. Calligraphy is so enthralling there's no need for anything but the beautiful images ?

  • Maximus Gigantos says:

    Edit the video well! This is art!

  • C. Bull says:

    Thank you so much for the review! I've been so overwhelmed not knowing what to buy.
    I really appreciate you taking time to do this.

    Some people are so mean

  • Cheryl Miller says:

    Lol u give me little dizzy but I like letter u doing .

  • Arlene Padden says:

    Awesome Video! Very, very informative and helpful. Thanks Kei. Hope you will do more of these. You are a born teacher!

  • Khaliq Malekzada says:

    hi dear
    your writing is great i wish i can write like that
    actually i want to learn … which type of nib is good and what kind of ink is good and also what kind of paper is good
    please kindly let me know all these 3 things
    i am living in Toronto and where can i get those stuff
    thank your very much

  • Mitchell Webster says:

    Would have enjoyed the video greatly if the music was in the background instead of constantly competing with the video, I had to mute it and virtually forget learning anything from dialogue. 🙁

  • Ankle Donna says:

    This is probably a very informative video, but the volume of the music made it extremely difficult to understand the presenter, so much so that I had to give up trying to listen.


  • Arlene Padden says:

    Best ink for Ornamental penmanship fine lines : Walnut or Sumi Yasutomo?

  • MoPat K says:

    Oh my gosh, this was so very helpful. I look forward to viewing more of your videos. Thank you so much!

  • poerc says:

    I know you already have comments but the music is a bit distracting since it floods out your voice. I thought I accidentally had another video playing in the background. Good tips from what I can hear though.

  • Derek says:

    what oblique pen holder do you recommend?

  • John Griffon says:

    Really wanted to watch all of this and learn from it but i couldnt hear anything but music

  • Subodh Chettri says:

    Not sure if anyone asked this question. What kind of paper are you using?

  • Axel Taylor says:

    Good tutorial, crap video editing. Sorry…said with love.

  • Jose Marte says:

    any chance you can re-release this very helpful video without all the unnecessary effects? great tutorial but difficult to watch

  • Malcolm Ross says:

    Really useful to a beginner like me.Thanks

  • Randall Infuso says:

    One of the best videos on calligraphy nibs I've ever seen! I can forgive the music volume—as the amount of helpful info for beginners is priceless. Thank you!

  • Sam Gaither says:

    Okay the effects make this awful.

  • Claudia says:

    thank you for this amazing video, very detailed explanation 🙂 I personally love Leonardt nibs

  • Pammie Lehto says:

    Your music drowns out your voice.

  • Arbaaz Mirza says:

    Plz tell me which number is used… specific name???

  • Tracy track says:

    Blend W:Weed

  • WILD CHILD says:


  • Becky Hedges says:

    Do you ever use acrylic ink?

  • Luis Guillermo Pérez Mejía says:

    EXCELENTE video. Felicitaciones. ¿Cuales de esos nibs se asemejan fisicamente a un Zebra G nib o a un Brause Rose nib, de tal forma que lo pueda usar uno en un Frankenpen como un Jinhao 750 x?

  • Rin Kay C. says:

    Why is there emojis popping up?

  • Scott Willis says:

    what nib holder is that??

  • Tony Allegretti says:

    …Please lose or tone down the music (a lot) Great video…I mute and read CC…:)

  • Evelyn Wald says:

    Thank you so much for this video. It was extremely helpful in understanding the difference between nibs, but you also offered some tips that I will try. As a novice to this kind of calligraphy, the type of ink used, also seems to make a difference. I started with Speedballs India Ink and my results were ugly, leaning towards blotchy. I then tried using Finetec's gold water colors (I really wanted to write in gold ?) and for whatever reason, the look of my copperplate style was better (I still have a way to go to control my thicks & thins plus the simple flourishes I can to make things look balanced). Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  • Brenda says:

    Great video, thank you so much.

  • Debra Cote says:

    I appreciate your style of presentation – agree with others about distraction. Could you please list the materials used? It would be so very helpful for beginners like me.

  • Eduardo Marques says:

    The video has great information, but why the overpowering sound and the trippy editing?

  • richard ebbole says:

    what did you say??? turn down the music!!!!!!!!!

  • Patty Shaw says:

    How FRUSTRATING to find a person with knowledge and not be able to hear them they do not SPEAK loud enough……..then the LOUD MUSIC starts… please fix this would love to know what you are saying…..tks

  • Cyril Jayant says:

    Thank you for this nice video. It was very useful to identify those nibs.

  • Morgan Scorpion says:

    The subtitles are hilarious.

  • kimber leigh says:

    Looks like your vid editor was doing a speed ball with the visuals and smile faces

  • laurie sturdevant says:

    Thank you. I’m just starting out and found this very helpful.
    Can anyone recommend their favorite beginner book(s)?

  • Lorrieonline says:

    Can't hear your soft voice over the loud music.

  • shaho shokri says:

    So beautiful

  • Carla j says:

    Music too loud and very distracting…

  • Z MC says:

    This video is great! Bad thing I watched this after I bought the Leonardt Principal nib tho? Only bought one…

  • Khwaja Yusuf says:

    Than you it helped a lot.

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