Dip Pens

Hi all,

I was just woudering if anyone knows of any good dip pen nibs that are any good for gregg shorthand? Looking on the internet I found the “Brause Steno Shorthand Drawing/Writing Nib No 361” but I don’t know if it is any good.
I have tried the Geo. Hughes 1335 nib which seems to work quite well and the reseviour holds a lot of ink which is good as you don’t spend all your time filling up the pen. Managed to get about 4 A4 pages of SH written down before having to fill up the nib.
Just interested in knowing if anyone else has tried any other dip pens tat were any good or any that were really bad.

(by stevennerobot for everyone)

4 comments Add yours
  1. Be aware that the nibs that read "shorthand" may be the flexible ones used for Pitman, especially if you get a pen made in Europe.  For writing Gregg, you need a firm nib (accountant, or manifold, or Gregg Shorthand nib).   I don't write with a dip nib pen, but with a fountain pen, one of the original Schaeffer Gregg shorthand pens.  It is pretty good.  It is an old pen, but it feels and writes like new.

  2. Hello Steven.  You might want to check out HisNibs.com.  He has some old Schaeffer fountain pens which I already have so I bought some different ones.  Being an accountant of course I had to try out an Accountant, fine nib, that I like very much and also some Heros, medium nib.  I haven't sat down to see how many pages I'd get through but the ink seems to last a long time.  Just a suggestion.   Joanne

  3. Hi Steve, I believe that nib is meant to be used in a fountain pen, not as a dip pen, so it may not hold enough ink to write many lines.  Also, it might not fit your dip pen holder.  Maybe you'll luck out, though.

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