5 Pointed Pen Nibs: Brause Extra Fine 66 (EF66)
Pros: The Brause Extra Fine 66 is a dainty little nib. It is quite flexible, offering nice contrast between the shade strokes (downstrokes) and thinner upstrokes. But don't be fooled by its small size as it can handle quite large writing. As a bonus, I find it a great nib to pull out when I'm having a "bad hand day" as it has a tendency to whip me into shape by forcing me to be as ginger as it is dainty.
Cons: It can be a rather persnickety nib so beginners may be discouraged. However, it is worth the initial hassle if you can get the hang of it. If you are having trouble, stick with user-friendly inks such as sumi and walnut and try writing with less pressure.
Note: I also sell a variety set that comes in a convenient storage tin if you want an easy one-stop-shop way to try out multiple nibs or give a gift.
1) Clean new nibs to remove protective oils. Even finger oil from touching them is enough to keep the ink from sticking. Use Windex, Clorox Wips, Dish Soap... think "How do I get a little oil off something gently?" (I do not recommend the potato or fire methods as they are very hard on nibs or risk bending the tines.)
2) Rinse nib and dry with paper towel or cloth periodically during use to avoid ink drying on the tines and prohibiting good ink flow.
3) Take care not to bend the tines. If they no longer match up perfectly at the tip, it's time to toss the nib. For that reason, store them in a tin not lose in drawer or pencil bag.
4) Clean and dry well at end of each writing session.