5 Pointed Pen Nibs: Tachikawa G
Pros: The Tachikawa G made by Kuretake Zig is very similar to the Nikko G (just perhaps less well-known). It's quite firm making it easy to control and doesn't have a tendency to snag. It is a cooperative and versatile nib that works well for both modern and classic scripts such as Copperplate and Spencerian. Perfect for both beginners and advanced calligraphers.
Cons: Not ideal if you want super thick downstrokes.
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.