5 Pointed Pen Nibs: Brause Steno 361 "Blue Pumpkin"
Pros: The Brause Steno 361, dubbed the "Blue Pumpkin" because of the color and shape, is a favorite among modern calligraphy artists. It holds a lot of ink and has decent contrast between the shade strokes (downstrokes) and thinner upstrokes. The smooth tip is easy to manage and rarely snags on the paper making it a great nib for beginners. It's quite firm making it easy to control.
Cons: It's not the best for classic styles of calligraphy such as Copperplate and Spencerian as it doesn't create the best hairlines and isn't ideal for squaring off tops and bottoms of shade strokes.
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.