5 Pointed Pen Nibs: Leonardt Principal EF
Pros: The Leonart Principal EF is very flexible and sharp. This combination means bold shades (downstrokes) and fine hairlines. Fabulous for traditional scripts such as Copperplate and Spencerian. This nib is like a firmer version of the Hunt 101 (meaning great contrast between thick/thin strokes but very responsive for more control).
Cons: The flexibility can make it a little tricky for beginners and the sharpness may cause it to snag if you don't have a light hand.
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. The set, however, does not include this particular nib.
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.