What the nib-holding industry doesn’t want you to know.

Man, we have the awesomest interns. Hilary Allison, star of one of my huge student spotlight posts last summer, has been our intern all year, and she’s as fabulous as one would have thought having read that post. She’s also as obsessive. She came in one day beaming because she’d cracked the Nib-Holding Industrial Complex’s iron grip on her student budget, and I encouraged her to throw a post together about it for you, dear readers. This is what she came up with.


Watch for more from Hilary this summer, as she works with Other Awesome Intern JP Kim on a Social Media for Art Students project.


17 Comments to What the nib-holding industry doesn’t want you to know.

  • by Michael Grassia

    On April 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Very clever idea. Love it.

  • by Patty Leidy

    On April 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    OMG that is WONDERFUL! Now I TOO will be inking with the best of then and save time and money to boot! :D

  • by Rina Ayuyang

    On April 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Holy crap!

  • by Brian Fies

    On April 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Crap. Now I’ve got to go out and buy a bunch of Pitt pens.

  • by Kiyoshi Nakazawa

    On April 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I am a reliable news source and I can confirm that this is all true.

  • by Jessica Abel

    On April 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I laughed out loud when I saw that shot of the Nib Holding Industry leaders…

  • by Danny Hellman

    On April 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Nibs? Nib holders? What century is this?!?

    Here’s a REAL tip: go in the park and catch yourself a Canada Goose. It’s a whole mess of quill pens AND dinner all in one.

  • by Jerome J T Guerrero

    On April 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    all “white males” — LOL

  • by gale

    On April 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    My world has been turned upside-down!

  • by wcraghead

    On April 29, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I don’t even use nibs and I love this.

  • by Mark Braun

    On April 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm


  • by Alison Bechdel

    On May 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

    How many TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars have I wasted on nib holders over the course of my life???
    Thank you!

  • by Stephen von Schreiber

    On May 2, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Well done Hilary! It’s good to see you being creative and participating so well. Greetings from Hamburg where I’m doing a Neil Simon play until the beginning of July. Very best wishes for your continuing work.

  • by mick davidson

    On May 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Great idea, well spotted. And thanks for the tip about the colour range of Pitt pens, I love pretty colours, so shall go an buy an entire rainbow’s worth now! :)

  • by Darlene

    On February 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Brilliant!!! Another great use for my Pitt pens.

  • by Tzod Earf

    On April 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    That’s good information – first time I’ve ever heard it – glad I came up with that idea.

  • by Jonathan Bressie

    On December 6, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Nice idea, but it doesn’t work! The nib falls out if you try to flex…

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