As most fountain pen enthusiasts, and they’ll say the most important part of any fountain pen is the nib, as that’s what actually touches the paper while you write. As you investigate into different types of fountain pens, you’ll find that there are two main distinctions of nibs: gold and stainless steel. The prices of pens can range anywhere from a few dollars to thousands and up…and once you hit a certain threshold around $150-200, gold nibs begin to come standard on most pens, needing a really good reason to still be stainless steel at that price.
In this video, I look to clarify the difference between gold and steel nibs, and what you can expect when shopping for a pen in certain price ranges. I’ve spoken at length with Brian Gray of the Edison Pen Company about the difference of gold and steel nibs. He’s actually written a great article about this very issue that I encourage you to check out.
Here’s what I cover in the video:
- Gold and Steel Nibs, what’s the difference? (0:25)
- Nib color/coatings, such as Lamy steel and black nibs, and Pilot VP gold or rhodium nibs (4:00)
- Prices of fountain pens and what nibs to expect (5:30)
- Lamy Vista, clear with steel nib
- Pilot Custom 823, amber with 14k gold nib
- Platinum President, burgundy with 18k gold nib
- Sailor 1911L, clear with 21k gold nib
- Sitpula Model T, black with titanium “T-flex” nib
- Lamy Safari, Charcoal with black nib
- Lamy Safari, Turquoise (discontinued) with steel nib
- Pilot Vanishing Point, Red with gold accents with 18k gold nib
- Pilot Vanishing Point, black matte with 18k gold, rhodium plated nib
- Platinum Preppy, black steel nib
- Sheaffer 300, black and gold with steel nib
- Monteverde Invincia Deluxe with rose gold trim and black stub nib
- Edison Nouveau Premiere LE Cherry Cordial with steel nib
- Lamy Studio Platinum Grey with 14k nib
- Pilot Custom 74, blue with 14k gold nib
- Lamy 2000 with 14k gold nib
- Pelikan m800 blue with 18k gold nib
Wow, I didn’t realize I’d pulled out so many pens for this vid! I’m sure this video might raise as many questions as it answers for you, but at least I wanted to get something out there about gold and steel nibs, since I do get asked about this a lot. If you have more questions though, feel free to ask in the comments! I’m always looking for more ideas for future videos.See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.