Steel Nibs

These are some steel pen nibs in my collection. I don’t know their age. The yellow display card has a  New York City address on the back. The small envelope has an Akron, Ohio, address on it. It has nibs inside, but it is sealed shut, and I don’t want to open it. Nibs were made in varying points to make different size lines and in varying hardness of metals. Softer metal enables the two points to spread apart under pressure, creating a thicker line on the downstroke, the source of the Spencerian style, allowing the writer to make calligraphic letters with a thin-point pen.

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