Steel Nib Pen - These pens are very similar to ones used during the Civil War. We are happy to report we found a maker who reproduces a 19th century ferrule, the part that attaches the nib to the pen. These are excellent Civil War era pens. You can pay more, but you can't find a better reproduction pen. in the picture, that's our reproduction pen on the left, and an original pen on the right. See what we mean?