My Bent Nib Fountain Pen Has Taken A Hike


Phooey. Apparently one of my bent nib fude* pens has run away from home. Most assuredly this was an unauthorized departure although I suppose it could be in hiding in the jumble that passes for my office. Not that it is likely to find its way to you, but should it make the trek, please tell it to go home. It might not be my ideal mate, but we did have fun together and there could be many more adventures to come. However, it has to return to make that happen.

Duke Guan Yu Calligraphy Fountain Pen

Just in case the truant does not decide to come home, I looked for possible replacements at Amazon and was surprised to find several. The length of the nib tip varies, but there are a few models to consider for less than $30.

  • The Duke 551 Confucius is similar to my Guan Yu model. Both are metal and quite heavy but attractive enough to start conversations while doodling at a local cafe.
  • Sailor offers an inexpensive model with either a high angle or a low angle nib and a long barrel so it can be held like a paintbrush. It does not come with a converter.
  • For a more traditional-looking pen, Sailor offers a Profit with a fude nib. It is a high angle model with no converter.

A long fude tip like mine is better at drawing than writing. The shorter tip is easier to control but produces less dramatic lines. Leigh Reyes wrote about this nib several years ago. Her post would be a great place to start if the fude intrigues you. It certainly enabled me!

*From Wikipedia fude (foo day) means sequences of letters or drawings that you write or draw without removing your pen off the paper.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_counter_word


  1. I have two kids like those you have; my green Guang Yu (honouring a legendary warrior revered in China who is featured beautifully on the cap) flew with a napkin in a windy day and the nib tines got a little separated. The other one is a black Duke 116, a little shorter. Both have the same #8 big size steel bent nib with an overfeed that sport Chinese characters. Both pens are quite large when posted, yes they are postable applying some pressure to the back side of the barrel. Both are very funny to use, more suitable for drawing but also write surprisingly soft.
    My favourite fude nib pen to write with is the Duke 669 also with a fude nib with an overfeed with chinese characters. The nib is short (like number 5) and the bent point is also shorter (the Guang Yu is almost 1 milimeter). The Duke 669 writes very soft with wide line variation depending on the angle of the nib over the paper; I love it.

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    • Thank you for extending my Wish List! The Duke 669 sounds more practical than the 116, but both would be welcome to join my pen family.

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  2. That’s a lovely pen! I hope it finds its way home.

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  3. I love mine (which I bought from a different seller in China a few years back; think the store was “Bookworm” something.) I’ve been pleasantly surprised by its performance. Anyway, this appears to the same model as mine; sort of a Delta-esque appearance.



    • Certainly similar, but I think the Yiren nib is a little smaller. That would make it easier to control than the Duke and better for writing. 🙂


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