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The point of a pen through which ink flows in order to make marks. There are various shapes and sizes commercially available for drawing and writing (lettering, calligraphy). Each must fit into a handle. Nibs have most commonly been made of metal, but have also been made of quill (feather), reed, bamboo, and plastics, among other materials.
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