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#31 karmakoda

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 16:18

This is already a treasure of information.
My collection is not really varied, or large enough to do something like these diverse writing examples, but I tried to mimic these samples. It is a lot of work and time.
Most appreciated and looking forward to the other nib samples.

#32 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 19:29

I don't plan change the nibs on my 146s, I have one OM and one EF, I will keep those forever.
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time
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#33 shrinknib

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 12:35

A wonderful sample I believe I saw a while ago.
A big thanks to Adam for resurrecting it nearly six months later- well done mate.

Does anyone know about getting a nib exchange on a WE to try and get a BB or OBB??? I am thinking my Cervantes.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 12:46

I just love my KOB on my 234 1/2....semi-flex, lots of shading. It is a '50's nib...take a hell of a nib to beat it for my eye.

Some day, I'll get a truly fancy looking nib...With pen, but it's got to go pretty dam far to beat the rather plain MB nib I got.

I can't scan any thing, got no scanner...would even show off my hen scratch, to brag that nib.

Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I no longer use the term Easy Full Flex.

 

Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X.  Those are not "Flex" nibs. 

 

Odd, how many who should know better, compares Japanese F (which equals EF), with Western F, with out a second thought, but do not compare Japanese B with Western B.

 

Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens only; not the users of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 22:44

What do you mean by "feedback"?


Since many people have been asking about the different tip sizes MB offer, I thought that writing sample scans of all the currently offered nibs was a good idea.

All these are modern size 6 MB nibs (ie 146 sized nibs), except for the O3B which is a modern size 9 MB nib (ie 149 sized nib). To keep a standard, all samples are writen on 2 pages of the same paper with the same ink.

As most know that MB nibs are hand ground, some variation within a designated size is expected.

The straight tipped nibs:
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The oblique tipped nibs:
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Regarding the obliques, the OM seems to lay a thicker line in comparisson to the OB. However, on the page, the line is not thicker, but it is darker.


Great Stuff! Loved reading this post.


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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:35

>>> Mod <<< Please pin this thread!!! Darius' work is an excellent reference guide for MB nibs!!!

#37 razr

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:36

What do you mean by "feedback"?


"feedback" means feedback to your hand as the pen flows across the paper. Some people also refer to this as "tooth"

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 23:04

OMG, what a useful post, i am always wondering what the difference will be between the F and M..thanks a lot.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 23:07

just a quick question, what ink were you using?

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:36

Darius - thanks so much for posting this frequently asked for resource.

Can you post the size of the spacing of the ruled lines on the paper you used? Or perhaps rescan the handwriting with a millimeter ruler shown in the scan. Without a size guage to measure the handwriting size you scanned, comparing our own handwriting to yours is difficult.
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 01:11

Much appreciated! It confirms my being happy with my 149 M...
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:07

Greatly appreciated. Looking over the scans has helped me make some decisions regarding future purchases.

Thanks!! :thumbup:
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 03:34

Very nice samples--thank you for taking the time. The Montblanc fine nib is much more responsive than fine nibs in other brands. The Oblique is a fascinating nib--everyone should have at least one--just for art's sake.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:20

Did I miss the ink you're using and the paper brand?
I always get a kick out of these "no affiliation" notations when it's blatantly obvious the poster has absolutely nothing to do with the brand, company, etc. beyond being a customer. It must be a feel-good/feel-important thing. So I'll note up front that nothing I write here on this forum is influenced by any financial-gain motivation.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 06:36

Nice Darius.

Am using an F nib right now with my Starwalker Black Mystery. I was planning on a nib exchange but the store I bought it from said that it would take 3-4 months before the stock arrives. Decided not to push with my plan, anyway F is not bad after all.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 14:30

Sorry I haven't replied to this post earlier. Work hs bee busy, and then I was out of the country for sme time.

Anyway, to answer some of the questions.
The paper used is Elco Prestige, 80g/m2. A5 size. Space between lines is 9mm.
The ink is Montblanc Black.

I also got a paper ruler we use in OT and rescanned the pages.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 04:03

I just found a 146 on fleabay with an oblique fine nib. Has anyone heard of such a beast?

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 00:17

interesting

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:19

interesting



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Posted 03 February 2011 - 02:17

Is there a way to tell what nib is on my MB 146. I think it is a F but am not sure.

Edited by Ink stain, 03 February 2011 - 02:20.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:17

Very nice and very helpful images!
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 02:34

Thanks a lot for scans. I have to choose between BB and OBB.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 14:15

Both are lovely. I like the extra flair of the OBB, but a BB will give awesome performance. :cloud9:

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 15:11

Both are lovely.

True! It was the reason of problems in choice.

BB will give awesome performance. :cloud9:

I like higher ink's density on paper. BB size do it as I love :D Almost whole page should be wet (in ink), white should be only here and there ;)
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 14:01

Very cool! Thanks for the scan. I just picked up a MB with an OB nib, and not having an incredible amount of experience with nib sizes, this defintiley helped me out!
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 23:18

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 03:46



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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:51

Thank you. I've spent the past few months really trying to make my script neater, and I work on it everyday.
I've had this 3-44 for about a week and it's awesome. I just won an auction on ebay for a 3-44 with an EF nib, so I'm excited about getting that one. I'm hoping the flex is about the same. If it is, it'll definitely be one of three work horse pens I keep inked.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:22

I posted the following photos from the Mont Blanc web site (http://www.montblanc...showSubKat=true) on another thread but I think these photos maybe useful to others following the real samples from Darius.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 09:15

Great info!
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