Petition to bring back extra broad & oblique Pelikan nibs

Please sign our petition to bring back Pelikan broad nibs by leaving a comment on this page.

What is this petition about?

Pelikan nibs

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Pelikan has stood out from other brands because of the quality of these German made pens but more particularly the quality and choice of it’s nibs.

The ability to select from a wide range of nib sizes has attracted a loyal following from discerning pen users who require other than the standard fine, medium and broad offered by most other brands. Pelikan’s decision to drop most of the less common nib variations across their ranges has been met with despair by many. Was this a wise thing to do?

Well, Pelikan obviously think that it was, undoubtedly prompted by the economics of maintaining the wide range of nib options. It is difficult to know exactly what the economics are but Pelikan have moved from the sublime to, well, mean. Once the current stock has sold through (and it looks as though it pretty much has) there will only be four ‘standard’ nibs available across the ranges: EF, F, M and B. No more triple broad or double broad and no oblique nibs at all.

For the sake of those keen pen users with with some style and flourish, could Pelikan have a re­think and at least make the double broad and possibly triple broad available, even if they cost a little more?

If you agree that they should bring these back, please show your support by leaving a comment below. We will then forward these votes to bring back our favorite nibs to Pelikan.

Anna has been a lover of stationery since the age of three, when she got her first red spotted pencil case. Lucky enough to work part time for The Pen Company, she is surrounded by stationery; the dream of many a collector!

There are 37 comments for this article
  1. Mike Grove at 10:47 am

    Being a Pelikan lover and lover of the broader sized nibs, I would urge Pelikan to reconsider their nib supply policy. At the very least add a Double-Broad to the line-up. In the meantime I will cherish my M1000 with its awesome BBB nib!

  2. Matthias at 12:30 pm

    I prefer F or EF nibs, but it is a shame to see the less common nibs disappear. I feel lucky that I managed to get an OM nib before they disappeared.

  3. Azizah Asgarali at 12:01 pm

    I love the broad nibs – they are my favourite and, like Mr. Grove, I cherish my double and triple broad nibs! My interest in a pen drops considerably when I find out is has a fine or medium nib.

  4. Miss Thundercat at 1:00 pm

    Yes, I’m also a broad nib pen fan. The broader the better. I hope Pelikan will at least consider having the option to special order the nib at a premium if it can’t be in their standard range anymore.

  5. Mark at 1:07 pm

    If it’s economics that have driven this decision, why not continue to offer the less popular options at a price – better than stopping them altogether.

  6. Jay Pulli at 1:18 pm

    sbrebrown now that would be a good bumper sticker, Bring Back the Broads, with a picture of a nib. Of course your car might get pelted first before the reader understands the meaning. Didn’t I see an email from Pelikan recently offering Bespoke Nibs? Didn’t keep it though. The world of manufacturing is moving from standardization to customization, no reason why a progressive German company like Pelikan would not jump on this (challenge).

  7. Andrea Kirkby at 1:23 pm

    If you can’t get a big broad nib or a stub or a cursive italic or flex, what’s the point of a fountain pen? Might as well get a Bic ballpoint and be done with it!

    I have almost given up buying fountain pens from some brands that only seem to offer an M or F as options. On the other hand, Monteverde – not at all in the luxury bracket that Pelikan occupies! – manages to offer a wide range of nibs including stubs on many of its pens. If they can do it, why can’t Pelikan?

  8. MrVHB at 1:49 pm

    I’m a german collector of fountain pens and I practice calligraphy. Pelikan is one of my favorite brands, next to Conway Steward. I really love these nibs and it would be a shame if they were taken off the market! It is hard enough to get good nibs! They shouldn’t end like Montblanc, being nothing more than a shadow of themselves, producing crappy pens.

  9. William Milling at 3:51 pm

    One of the greatest selling point that I ever found about the Pelikan brand is their huge selection of nibs, especially the obliques.

  10. Maybelline (On Fountain Pens) at 11:05 pm

    As a fan of 2 extreme nib types, the EF and the B/BB etc, I must say I’ll be so disappointed if Pelikan broads and obliques are gone because… I have never gotten to try a Pelikan broad/oblique before! Please keep them in production, I know a number of friends and myself would like to have them!

  11. Luciana Souza at 12:47 am

    I have several Pelikan very broad nibs: BB, 3B (in my M1000 it’s stubish), OBB and they are the best in my collection! Please, Pelikan, we love very broad nib! Don’t leave us!

  12. Gwen at 12:51 am

    I’m still new to the world of fountain pens and have been delving into calligraphy at the same time. I’ve heard so much about the Pelikan nibs and the idea that they’ll be taken off the market before I can try the BB and oblique nibs out (let alone buy them) is rather sad :/ Save the Pelikans, keep the nibs!

  13. neilb at 11:15 am

    Having moved on from the, dreaded, school pen I would be saddened by this loss of these broader knibs that I have so enjoyed using

  14. Lira at 9:29 pm

    I need my BB and BBB nibs! I feel lucky to have nabbed a Pelikan OM while they still lasted, but I need many more Pelikan nibs to complete my collection. Don’t take them away. 🙁

  15. Adrian Wadley at 10:36 pm

    Dear Pelikan, Please rethink. We love broad nibs. The broader the better. And remember – broad nibs use more ink…. a sip of Edelstein anyone?

  16. klalaf at 2:08 pm

    Pelikan, the broad nibs you did made your pens special, especially the BB and 3B because of there quality! Collectors like broad nibs and not standard nibs and if you think it is economical to anger collectors you will see … so bring them back if you are smart!

  17. Michael Haag at 1:05 pm

    If I absolutely have to I will sometimes accept a B nib. But my nibs of preference are BB and 3B. That is the major reason why I bought Pelikan pens. Now they have shut the door in my face.

  18. Bells at 5:29 pm

    Plenty of people are willing to pay extra to keep those options and if there’s a demand for it then pelikan is only hurting itself by not supplying those options.

  19. Mohd. Azwan B. Mohd. Rizat at 4:44 am

    Regards One (01) Malaysia.

    I want back the nib tipping size in double broad (BB) and triple broad (3B).


  20. Wynn Sands at 6:32 pm

    Pelikan oblique italic nibs are the only choice for hand music copying. Not everyone wants to spend all their very valuable music writing and copying time learning “Computer 401” in order to compose and copy their artistic professional endeavors, only to end-up with a product that is very 2nd Rate for professional musicians to “read” while playing.

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