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June 18, 2009


Tim Aughenbaugh

Another thought...

The 'Autograph' might be another alternative name, along the same line as 'Signature'.


Kristine M. Jensen

It's funny that I was reading this today. Yesterday, I was making out my shopping list and my husband remarked that he couldn't read it. I was using one of my children's stubby crayons (sometimes, you have to do what you have to do!). So today, before I hit the grocery, I whipped out my Levenger Verona and re-wrote the list. Voila! It's like poetry in motion. I have a True Writer - in the lovely pink you introduced a few years ago - but, alas, the nib fell victim to my two year old's desire for squiggles. I am so excited that I may be able to replace it with a Stub Nib - certainly more descriptive of what my child did to the pen than the way it writes! We also own (my husband likes to collect your pens as well)a Newton fountain pen - will it fit that pen also? That pen fell victim to an unpressurized airplane cabin en route to Baghdad.

Perhaps a better name would be the Excelsior - for the pinnacle of fine handwriting?

Nick Garcia

Why not the Petite Nib? It gives the same sort of idea, shorter, a little more roundness for it, and yet the french term really softens it up and beautifies it. You could even attach it to all your nib sizes: Large petite, medium petite, small petite.

Bill McLaughlin

I may be wrong, but I've always referred to your "stub" nib as an Italic nib. You're right about they're being hard to get. I'm so glad that you're carrying one in this catelogue that I'm about to order one.


Late to the party, but just getting around to this post. Looking forward to trying one of these nibs soon!

How about Elliptical Nib? It's completely descriptive, but still has a bit of poetry to it.

Erin Kaye Watson

Dear Steve,

I have been a Levenger customer for only a short period of time; however, have been very pleased with all items purchased thus far. I love the look of the stub nib's writing and would love to try it out on my Kyoto. How about the "Knock Nib" as a tribute to your grandfather as its new name?



Steve Leveen

Dear Erin,

What a lovely comment. "Knock Nib" is sweet. I'll mention it to my mother, too, who will love the tribute. Thanks for your business and thanks for keeping fountain pen writing alive.

All best,


Joyce Portela

I am a fairly serious fountain pen collector and was intrigued by the comment stream here. I ordered the stub nib True Writer and am now voting for either the Script Nib or the Artisan Nib. This writes beautifully! I have a handful of True Writers and will likely replace all of the nibs with this one. I do have one request - please reconsider creating a stub nib from a bold nib for a more pronounced italic or calligraphy look. With the dependability and smooth writing of the True Writer, this move would put other calligraphy pens out of business!

Wendi G

Ode to True Writer

There once was a fountain pen
that surely scored more than a ten.
So beautifully fashioned,
it 'roused such a passion
that writing was heaven again!

Levenger Addict/Fountain Aficionado...LOL!

Rev. Kathryn Taylor Parrish

I love using this type of nib. I have attrocious handwriting and this nib really makes me look...elegant. My name submission for the snub nib would be "Embellish."

Claire Morland

During the early 1940's in Boston Public Schools I endured the Palmer Method with a dip pen and scratchy nib. My penmanship improved with a two-dollar Esterbrook and its 50-cent nibs. Since since your grandfather taught penmanship in Boston, I suggest "The Boston Nib." This should make both the city and Levenger proud.

Allen Christensen

How about the elegance nib for the elegance with which this pen writes?


Why not the "Legacy" since it's from your grandfather?


I enjoyed reading about your inspiration for the stub nib. If you really want to find a new name for it think about the "elegant nib." Since this makes even the worst handwriting look good.Whatever you want to call it I can't wait to have one for Christmas.

Sasha Miller

New, improved name for the nib? Italic, of course. As a writer, I am picky about the instrument I use to write inscriptions and suchlike with. I adore fountain pens--always have, since falling in love with them during college days when I was never without my Esterbrook equipped with the Italic nib--and have a nice collection of them now. I would be delighted a) if you offered a gold Italic nib and b) if you offered a choice not only of F, M, B in your other pens but also Italic.

Mary Carolyn Lawson

Dear Steve,

I'm a retired teacher and I used to teach penmanship. Esterbrook had gone out of business by the time I taught, but I had my students buy another brand of pen. Some of them had never even seen a fountain pen before, much less used one. They loved them.

Why not call the inelegantly named nib something like The Elegant Nib.

Best wishes,
Mary Carolyn

James Harris

I still have several original Esterbrook pens and my favorite nib is the 9314 "Relief Medium." Why not call it a Relief Nib. BTW--I am ordering your signature stub today to see how it compares. jh

Claire Morland

My 1954 diploma, entirely in Latin, from the Boston Public Schools former Girls' Latin School, likely shows the hand of your grandfather, George W. Knock. Since he was a penmanship instructor and inscriber of graduates' names from the 1920's through the 1950's, can I assume that my diploma was completed by your grandfather? I like to think so.

Steve Leveen

Dear Claire,

I'd like to think my grandfather inscribed your name as well, but I think it unlikely. He was in Syracuse, New York. I seem to recall that he wrote the names for his own school, and perhaps other schools around town, but I never heard that he did it for schools as far away as Boston. My mother may remember more and she'll return from her cruise in 30 days so I'll ask her. Thanks for sharing the memories and all best wishes,


Catalina Rodriguez

I would love to see samples of left-handed writing made with the stub nib. It is not oblique, is it? I belong to the generation of crooked-hand writers, the result of a punishment for lefties who had to produce the correct forward angle of the Parker method of penmanship but were not allowed to adjust the paper placement on the desk other than horizontally across the desk "like normal children." Consequently, I can't predict the effect of writing with the stub nub, but I would love to be able to write easily and comfortably with it.
I write often with my fountain pen: letters, journals, notes at meetings, comments on student papers, etc. I do use the computer for messages like this or for extended writing such as research papers or the dissertation.
My response to those who moan, "Handwriting is so old-fashioned and impractical--nobody does that anymore" is "Digital is great for speed and impersonal messages, but writing by hand needs a slower thought process, often motivated by love for the recipient."

Arthur Shelbourne

I recently discovered your firm and I couldn't be more excited looking at your web site and the elegant catalogs you publish. My family is also discovering the magic of your products too, as I have been giving many gifts from your amazing product line. Taking a line from Apple - you might consider 'magic' as in True Writer Magic Writer pens or other such combinations. Your firm truly has added your special 'magic' to the many day to day products you offer.

Paul McGurin

If you change the name of the stub nib, how would fountain pen users know what it is? Stub nib is an accepted term FP users know. I have several stub nibs for Parker 51, Esterbrook, Montblanc 144, Pilot Plumix, etc. If you renamed it, I might have missed it.


Stub may be an inelegant name, but it is the name we know this nib by. I imagine if the name changed at Levenger, stub would still show up in the description out of necessity. Perhaps the best we can do is let those interested in fountain pens know about this great nib.

John J. McGowan

Mr. Leveen:

I am old enough to remember all too well ink bottle cut outs in my school desk. I also am a veteran of the fountain pen "squirt" wars.

A few years back, I bought a fountain pen on line. Most thought that it was early signs of trouble. It surely was not.

I learned that the hand - to - hand touch demonstrates to another person that you care enough to take the time and effort to make them special. Folks liked it.

Almost forgot: I bought a True Writer and it is a joy be in cursive mode!

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