Lamy Nib Guide

The perfect nib for every style of writing

Fine, medium, broad? Oblique or straight? When it comes to nibs there are a number of choices and with good reason: every person's handwriting is different! Lamy offers the perfect nib for every style of writing and every preference. Discover how to find the right one for you in our Lamy Guide.

In principle you can combine your favourite Lamy Fountain pen with any Lamy nib to create your perfect writing instrument. The LAMY 2000 is an exception to this rule as it has its own special nib. Please ask your trusted Lamy retailer to swap your nib for you, particularly in the case of sensitive gold or specialist nibs.

Entry-level nibs

A nibs

The beginner's nib from Lamy is the perfect choice for early writers: it's particularly robust and is equipped with a spherical writing tip. This enables it to glide effortlessly over the paper and promotes a relaxed grip.

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All-round nib

M nib (Z 50)

This nib suits almost everyone: the M nib from Lamy is an all-rounder suitable for most scripts and writing styles. This is why we equip our fountain pens with an M nib as standard. The secret is its rounded tip: no sticking, no scratching and a line that is neither too thick nor too thin.

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Left-handed nib

LH nib (Z 50)

Especially for left-handed writers: the LH nib has the same properties as the M nib – with a small yet significant difference: it is slightly oblique making it ideal for left-handed writers who frequently tilt their hand when writing.

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Individual nibs

Fine and broad nibs: EF, F, B, BB

Writers with a straight grip will feel particularly at ease with these nibs: straight nibs are available from Lamy in sizes "extra fine" (EF), "fine" (F), "broad" (B) and "extra broad" (BB). 

Tip: when choosing the correct nib width the important thing is the size of your own handwriting: the smaller your script, the finer the nib should be. A larger script on the other hand will generally look better with a broad nib. (Z 50, Z 52, Z 53, Z 55, Z 56, Z 57, 2000-nib)

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Oblique nibs: OM, OB, OBB

Anyone who tends towards a slanted grip when writing should try out one of these nibs: "left oblique medium" (OM), "left oblique broad" (OB) and "left oblique extra broad" (OBB). These nibs are ideal for anyone seeking to "balance out" a slanted grip, or writers who value the variations in stroke arising from the particular cut of these nibs. The width of the selected nib should be matched to the size of the script here, too. (Z 55, Z 56, Z 57, 2000-nib)

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Calligraphy nibs (Z50): 1.1 mm / 1.5 mm / 1.9 mm

Calligraphy nibs are also known as cursive or italic nibs. Rather than having an iridium ball, they have a straight, flat tip. This permits the writer to create a script with different stroke weights – perfect for beautiful penmanship.

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Premium nib

Gold nib

Whether for writing comfort or good looks: a gold nib always makes the difference. In high-quality writing implements it contributes to creating a refined and harmonious overall look. The 14 carat bicolour gold nibs from Lamy are part platinised and ensure a particularly harmonious and rounded script. 
(Z 55, Z 56, Z 57, 2000-Feder)

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Special nibs

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Lamy writing instruments and accessories are available from qualified retailers, where you can be assured of good advice and service. Find the retailer in your area easily.