not for beginners
November 16, 2021
Definetely not for beginners... But once you get to intermediate level, it's just so beautiful to write with. Creates amazing thin and thick strokes, which makes it good for Copperplate. I think it's not for all kind of inks either. Some inks work fine, others don't that well.
Great Pointed Nib
November 7, 2021
This nib has a very thin upstroke and minimal catching. I also love the thicker swells during downstrokes. It is also very flexible and great for Spencerian and Copperplate. This is in my top two of pointed nibs.
January 22, 2021
This is my favorite nib for engrossers script. I love how it performs: the hair lines, shadows and the precision. I've been very lucky that mine have had a real long life, so for that too, it's been a plus.
Perfect Fine lines
December 16, 2020
Because of the Principle's ability to create the finest of lines, it has quickly become a must have in my Copperplate work. Love it!
November 29, 2020
After reading about how well-loved this nib is in the calligraphy community, of course I had to get some for myself. This is a great nib and not difficult (in my opinion) for a beginner-intermediate level.
A personal fave
October 4, 2020
I am a neophyte calligraphy student who has tried around 6-8 nibs. The Leonardt Principal EF has made the top three in my book. The ability to make fine hairlines and decent swells have been achieved for me with this nib. I have tried others similar, like 101; but NONE perform like the LP for me! I really enjoy using this nib and plan on buying in bulk going forward.
Great Alternative to the Hunt 101
August 27, 2020
I primarily use this nib for ornamental penmanship and flourished engrosser's script. It performs as well as the Hunt 101, since the nibs have a very similar contrast between the extra-fine hairlines and the thick, juicy swells. The differences that I have noticed between the two nibs, is that the Hunt 101 is a tiny bit more flexible, needs more frequent replacement, and tends to corrode faster than the Leonardt EF Principal. I have to exchange my Hunt 101 nibs fairly quickly, but the Leonardt EF Principal has lasted me over one month with frequent use, handles textured papers fairy well--but a lot better than the Hunt 101, which always catches threads on textured papers--and did not rust after several uses of iron-gall ink. Since I mostly use walnut and India Ink on smooth paper, I like the Hunt 101 and Leonardt EF Principal equally, and would readily choose whichever nib is close to me at the moment. I would definitely recommend this nib if you have a lighter hand and are an intermediate or advanced calligrapher.
My favourite nib
August 20, 2020
This is currently my favourite nib for Copperplate. It gives precise both hairlines and shades, and thanks to its sharpness it is easier to start on smooth papers (compared to Hunt 101, which is my second favourite nib). However, it requires strong paper.
Camano Island, WA
August 5, 2020
One of my favorite nibs, this one can make wonderful hairlines and great downstrokes. Great quality.
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