How to Tell a Montblanc Nib Size

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How to Tell a Montblanc Nib Size
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A nib might sound like the name for a cookie, but it is actually the part of the pen that is used to deliver ink to the paper and is made from metal, steel, gold or even platinum for high-end pens, such as the ones created by Montblanc. Most Montblanc pens have a nib--which is a tip, as opposed to a ball--but figuring out how to tell the size of the nib is a bit challenging unless you have the original box.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Understand symbols for sizing of nibs. The three main pen sizes are F, M or B for fine, medium, and broad, respectively.

  2. 2

    Look on the cardboard label on the outer packaging. You will see a small sticker on the barrel of the pen. This works only if you purchased the pen new or have the original packaging.

  3. 3

    Study nib sizes by looking at pictures. Use the Internet, books, catalogues and other reference sources to get a sense for sizes. See Resources for two online Montblanc catalogues.

  4. 4

    Look at the nib tipping material size. A wider or thicker line denotes a larger nib. Visit the Montblanc website for buying new nibs. It has an interactive tool which allows you to see how the different sizes of nibs affect your writing.

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