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#1 Sparkle

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:26

I'm looking for a nice smooth wet flow kind of pen. Medium nib probably.

Doesnt have to be pretty. Doesnt have to be heavy. Just to write really well.

What are my options?

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:28

What price range? Vintage or new? Do you have a favored filling system?

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#3 Sparkle

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:30

QUOTE (jar @ Aug 31 2009, 08:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What price range? Vintage or new? Do you have a favored filling system?


Hehe cheap would be good.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:35

lamy 2000, but my smoothest pen is my new visconti millennium arc, medium nib.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:35

Could you give us a guideline for "cheap"? Do you mean under $10 or under $50 (there can be recommendations for either) or are you aiming a bit higher? Also, if you can give our members an idea of where you are in the world, that will help out.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:38

QUOTE (Sparkle @ Aug 31 2009, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm looking for a nice smooth wet flow kind of pen. Medium nib probably.

Doesnt have to be pretty. Doesnt have to be heavy. Just to write really well.

What are my options?

Thanks


Most reliable path to an ultrasmooth nib - purchasing directly from a nibmeister who will test, tune, and smooth the nib prior to shipping.

Medium nibs are usually smoother than Fines. Broads are usually smoother than Mediums. Wet nibs are usually smoother than dry nibs.
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#7 LDB415

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 20:43

Pelikan 200 with medium or broad nib from richardspens.com as it will be checked and verified properly working before being sent to you and will be a lifetime plus generations pen barring loss or damage.


I guess I should have added either medium or broad nib to get the extra lubricating effect of more ink flow compared to any variation of F nib. As I understand it, the ink acts as a lubricant to the paper to a degree so more ink theoretically means smoother gliding nib.

Edited by LDB415, 31 August 2009 - 22:10.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 21:53

What LDB415 said.

Almost any pen on the planet can be a good-writing pen if it is adjusted properly. Price has nothing to do with it. Price gets you eye appeal, durability, balance, and brand recognition - within limits.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 22:10

Smoothest writer I've ever used (not owned) was a friend's Sailor Hanzi LE. It was like writing with a stick of butter. Sooooo smooooth.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 22:15

yachtsilverswan wrote:

"Most reliable path to an ultrasmooth nib - purchasing directly from a nibmeister who will test, tune, and smooth the nib prior to shipping."

+1

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 23:47

A pen of any price can be adjusted to write any way that you want, generally.

My advise - buy then pen that visually does it for you, and then have a nibmeister give a tweak. It can be sent to the nibmeister, or bring it to a pen show....

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 00:07

Brian has the right idea if you want to expend that effort. If not, I humbly suggest a Waterman. I've never written with any
waterman right out of the box that wasn't like writing on glass. Even the inexpensive Phileas. Even better, however would be a Charleston or a Carene.

And, of course, it you have some money and time, Brian's own pens with the Jowo nib, especially in a medium or broad will write as well as any pen you can find.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:24

QUOTE (Sparkle @ Aug 31 2009, 01:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm looking for a nice smooth wet flow kind of pen. Medium nib probably.

Doesnt have to be pretty. Doesnt have to be heavy. Just to write really well.

What are my options?

Thanks

I've found that xfountainpen.com has very nice low price medium nib pens for sale. I've bought some and they write very well. I'm more interested in fine nibed pens myself, but I wanted to try their medium nibs first. Check them out I think that you'll be surprised at their quality. They're also starting to sell more hooded nibed fine points now too. happyberet.gif rolleyes.gif

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:42

The smoothest writing pen that I own is also one of the cheapest, cost less than $2.

Its a 1950s piston fill Traveler, big wet line, the nib is even marked "Very Smooth". I keep going back to it, and 'thinking why arent all nibs as good as this?'

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:46

QUOTE (Mrsal @ Aug 31 2009, 01:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lamy 2000, but my smoothest pen is my new visconti millennium arc, medium nib.


+1 for the 2000
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:49

Smooth with character................always........Bexley. I know I forgot cheap, but you get what you pay for.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:47

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Most reliable path to an ultrasmooth nib - purchasing directly from a nibmeister who will test, tune, and smooth the nib prior to shipping.

Medium nibs are usually smoother than Fines. Broads are usually smoother than Mediums. Wet nibs are usually smoother than dry nibs.


Now that makes the most sense to me, especially given the wide range of options posted here.

I was sort of leaning toward the Lamy Safari, just cuz I like the looks of it, it's not real expensive and I won't be real upset if I drop it on it's head.....lol, which I have done previously.

I do have a Waterman Phileas and it was never as smooth as my Scheaffer Prelude.

I live in Ontario, close to Toronto. What are my best options for finding a good nibmeister(cool new word)

Thanks all.

Edited by Sparkle, 01 September 2009 - 12:48.


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Posted 01 September 2009 - 17:28

QUOTE (Sparkle @ Sep 1 2009, 01:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm looking for a nice smooth wet flow kind of pen. Medium nib probably.

Doesnt have to be pretty. Doesnt have to be heavy. Just to write really well.

What are my options?

Thanks


Check out Sailor, they are smooth !

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 17:33

The smoothest pen, and I have several inexpensive smooth pens, I own is a $7.00 Parker Reflex I bought new whenever they were new. Next smoothest is a $6.00 Pilot Plumix bought in June or July from my local Target store. The downside is that both pens take proprietary cartridges, but a syringe and a bottle of good ink remedies that problem.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 18:33

Lamy 2000 (Fine) is the smoothest one I have.

Of course after Pelikan M1000 (Medium). Is there anything on earth smoother than this one? smile.gif

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 18:37

Buy a pen from either Richard Binder or John Mottishaw and the nib will be tuned to your liking in terms of smoothness and inkflow; other nibmeisters will do this too, but I've had most experience with Richard and John and recommend either unhesitatingly.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 23:30

The smoothest writing pen I have is a vintage Conway Stewart that John Mottishaw restored.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 23:33

I forgot. My gold nibbed Shaefer targa, circa 1985, every bit as good a my Montegrappa Miya's nib. You should pick up one of those ata reasonable price.
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 00:27

For cheap and smooth you can't beat the Chinese pens in my opinion. My favorite is Jinhao; tied for second, Duke and Hero. One of our $12 Jinhao's is every bit as smooth as any of our $500+ pens. Mind you, it's smooth to a fault in my opinion, not an equal writer as I prefer a bit of feedback, but it is darned impressive on the smoothness factor.

My favorite of the inexpensive but not cheap western brands is the Waterford Arista Prism, often available for $30. Next up in my book would be the Lamy Safari.

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