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Copied to my nib flex files.
On occasion I can find my elbow with both hands. If you can do such, you have either suffered a severe industrial accident, or need batteries for your flashlight, or turn the map right side up, and or read the instructions.
I have some 30 semi-flex nibs and some 8 somewhat flexible/'flexi' nibs.
I have two semi-flex full flex nibs, two easy full flex nibs and only one wet noodle....so actually I'm not an expert on flexible nibs.
I have been lucky and gotten most of the vintage German Obliques, and push them as a fun nib. They are semi-flex nibs and somewhat flexible/'flexi' nibs.
I have @ 20 dip pens, with nibs that are easy full flex, wet noodle, weak kneed wet noodle, drunk as hell weak kneed wet noodle and 'air' kneed wet noodle.
I also have some much lesser dip nib flexes; in my dip pen nib box.
My hand is not good enough for full flex and better, and I'm not training it.
Where one calls rigid, I call regular flex.
Those descriptions from both have been copied to my pen file in my nib section.
I copy everything good.
You got to go to www.richardspens.com/ that is the basics of fountain pens; nibs, filling systems, good advice on inks and some
pens as examples .
From my reading Noodlers full flex nib is often either a nail or regular flex if one is lucky.
Having two semi-flex full flex nibs; I find them a lot of hard work, so would think a nail or regular flex ... full flex to be more than just a lot of work. It is a good cheap way to experience flex...like a mofa to a motorcycle.
Nibs flex is something you can only get from experience. I do try to explain often the differences in flex.
As a 'noobie' I had a pen I thought a wet writer.
When I got my first 'mythical' semi-flex, I thought it a semi-flex.
Later I got a maxi-semi-flex...after a while I decided it was one of those 'flexi' nibs everyone talks about. That pen I had from the start was a 'flexi' nib.
In that so many talk 'flexi' nib and can mean semi-flex to wet noodle....I call a 'flexi' nib a somewhat flexible/'flexi' nib. I have three sets/ 1. Nail-stiff regular. 2. regular, springy and semi-flex. 3. then 'some what flexible/'flexi'' which is called so because compared to a wet noodle it is somewhat flexible, easy full flex and wet noodles.
(I don't care how you define as long as you drop a definition in so I can understand where you are at.)
Perhaps I should call this so called somewhat flexible/'flexi' ...maxi-semi-flex, and that would be easier to understand.Is maxi-semi-flex easier to understand than somewhat flexible/'flexi'?
I do need a category for it, because the way I see it, if you press real hard you get 3X tine spread to a light down stroke with a regular flex.
Semi-flex is 3X at half that pressure regular flex....the maxi-semi-flex or somewhat flexible/'flexi' is 3 X at half that pressure.
I insist on a different category here because the spread of the tines is still only 3 X and it is not as easy to spread as an easy Full Flex.
I can insist until I'm blue in the face, but so so very many will still say flex nib.....and I don't have the slightest idea which flex they are talking about....maybe they don't either.
Full flex is 4-5 X tine spread, and easy full flex is with half the pressure of the the maxi-semi-flex or somewhat flexible/'flexi', a Wet Noodle is 4-5 X spread with half the pressure of an easy full flex.
Weak kneed wet noodles which I have only in dip pens, are half of that pressure.
The way I see it, semi-flex can be used by ham fisted writers.
The maxi-semi-flex or somewhat flexible/'flexi' can be used by slightly ham fisted writers.
Easy Full flex and better needs a light hand...and it helps to have learned stiff nib calligraphy, in there are certain basic strokes that can be incorporated into one's writing when one wants a bit of fast fancy, plus one's hand is trained to do what one wants it to do.
What width is your P-51? Many are Fines and most are nails.
I think you are then after a Japanese F which would be a western EF, or a Japanese EF which would be a XXF in western.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 13 July 2011 - 09:47.