Gone are the days of huge companies in which the entire process concerning the nib, from design to assembly, was assumed by the brand. Today, most brands are responsible for the design and assembly of their parts, but delegate a large part of the manufacturing of their components to other companies as a result of specialization, as has happened in other industries.
The complexity of the processes, as well as the cost of specialized machinery, is often only profitable when producing large quantities.
In particular, the production of nibs is one of the processes that has been most affected. Today, brands that manufacture their own nibs include:
- Cross (for some of its pieces)
- Visconti, which debuted as an in-house nib manufacturer in 2020 for its 14K and 18K gold pieces, Giotto and Giottino.
Also, JoWo and Bock stand out as specialized nib manufacturers. Both brands are German and produce the nibs of the pieces designed by many of the brands which Iguana Sell sells.
Does this mean that the nibs of different brands produced by the same manufacturer are the same quality? Not at all, because both JoWo and Bock meet the quality requirements set by each manufacturer, which is in charge of supervising and guaranteeing certain standards for its clients.