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#1 rasr11

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:58

Hi friends,

I've heard a lot of vintage pens with flex-italic nibs. Can anyone give some info about modern model of flex-italic pens?
I've used Parker vector metallix. Is there any flex-italic of modern parker pen?

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 05:10

I have come across flex pens and italic or stub nibs but I don't think I have ever seen a nib that is both flex and italic except for the very rare music nibs. When looking for vintage flex nibs, Parker included, you are more likely to find them on the smaller size pens from the 20's and earlier. It is much harder, in my experience, to find a stub or broad vintage pen than one with flex and when you do find those, that are often in the larger sized pens. As a general rule, an Eversharp or Waterman is more likely to have a flex nib than Parker or Sheaffer though both did make some.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 13:32

There were a few made but they were never common. On David Nishimura's site http://www.vintagepe...s_catalog.shtml you can use the button on the lower right Italics, Stubs, Obliques and look for the ones that also have flex.
No new pens are made with a nib like this, you'll need the help of a nibmeister like Richard Binder http://www.richardspens.com/
Richard's site also has some very good reference pages you could look at.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 13:59

Whoops, missed this

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#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 21:25

try to locate a vac or a vintage duo that could be a good candidate for this kind of customization
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 23:19

Good luck finding a modern flexible Parker, other than the Duofold. Though, you can get them ground to italic, or to flex.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:14

Rasr, there are probably a lot of modern pens that could also be custom ground to have flex and also be an italic though there are probably less nib technicians that are also as proficient at adding flex as they are grinding an italic grind. The couple that come to mind that routinely do this have long wait times.

It would also be more expensive than just an italic grind.

On the other hand, having one ground that way would not only be easier to obtain than a vintage flex italic in the wild but probably a LOT cheaper too.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 15:03

I know I paid less than a grinding charge for the three vintage English flex-stubs I've got....

Edited by Ernst Bitterman, 12 September 2011 - 15:07.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:29

I know I paid less than a grinding charge for the three vintage English flex-stubs I've got....


Cool. Where can I find one of these? I would like to experiment with them.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 15:25


I know I paid less than a grinding charge for the three vintage English flex-stubs I've got....


Cool. Where can I find one of these? I would like to experiment with them.


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