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music nib comparison
Posted 19 February 2010 - 22:51
APPEARANCE & DESIGN
They're all black with gold trim and gold clips. The sailor has the flat top & bottom, while the other two are rounded. They're handsome, in a standard way, but nothing to write home about. They've each got the brand name and model name (except the sailor, which says "founded 1911" rather than the model name) engraved around the cap-band. Platinum's cap band is the least appealing to me, but that's just personal preference.
CONSTRUCTION & QUALITY
All great. I got two of them used and one new, but they are all well made pens. The quality of the construction is exactly what you'd expect from a pen in this price range - solid.
WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS
The pens are all roughly the same size. The Sailor is the shortest of the lot, at 5" capped, and the Pilot is the tallest, at 5 1/2" capped. They are all plastic, so rather light in the hand. I would call them medium-sized pens, with a nib sections that are just under half an inch wide.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This is where it gets interesting. Although all music nibs, they write rather differently. The PIlot and Platinum have three tines each, while the Salor has only two. Each one is very wet and extremely smooth, but the line variation on the Sailor is not as clear as on the Pilot, and the Platinum showed the most line variation of the three. But by far the most dramatic difference among them is the writing angle. To get the full line width on the paper, you've got to hold the Sailor at a rather precise 90 degree angle to the paper. At a lesser angle, the nib doesn't make consistent contact with the paper, and you get some very thin lines, or just flat out skipping. The PIlot is less finicky, but I still found that as I wrote at my normal 45-degree angle to the paper, I got lots of inconsistencies in the flow. The Platinum, however, is easy like Sunday morning. At any angle, it writes a thick, juicy line, with plenty of line variation on the horizontals. Here's a writing sample.
FILLING SYSTEM & MAINTENANCE
All cartridge/converters. Maintenance, so far, has been a non-issue. They all start up consistently, no matter how long they've been sitting on my desk. The don't clog or leak. They each go through quite a bit of ink, but that's just the way things are with these juicy nibs.
COST & VALUE
None of these pens will break the bank. They were each around the $150 - $200 mark for me, although I bought two of them used. They are solid pens and worth every penny.
Although they're all great, the precise writing angle is an inconvenience on the Sailor and the Pilot pens. I don't mind it on crisp italics, when I'm generally writing in a more careful, deliberate fashion. I was hoping to use the music nibs in a more casual way, both when composing music and as an extra-bold nib to have on hand for regular applications. Having to hold the pen at that certain angle doesn't help the ease of use. The last thing I want to think about when trying to get my thoughts (musical or otherwise) on paper is the angle of the pen. In conclusion, what a surprise: Platinum wins!
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Thanks for your review.
Posted 22 February 2010 - 19:31
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 19:42
Great review and I agree with the above findings. Kept the Platnium, sold my Pilot, and since the Sailor version has only two tines, I had it ground to a Cursive Italic by Mike-It-Work...sweet nib now!
I have these 3 nibs too. I also found the 3776 be the best among the 3. The Sailor is a bit too wet to show the line variation. The Pilot is the least smooth .
Thanks for your review.
"the last pen I bought is the next to the last pen I will ever buy.."---jar
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WTT: Conklin Nozac Cursive Italic & Edison Beaumont Broad for Pelikan M1000 or Something Cool (PM me to discuss. It's part of my One Red Fountain Pen trading post)
WTB: 1. Camlin SD
2. 1950s to early 1960s 1st Gen MB 149 with BB nib
3. Airmail 90T Teal Swirl
4. PenBBS 355-16SF Demonstrator
Posted 17 September 2011 - 22:23
the platinum looks so amazing!
Posted 17 September 2011 - 22:49
and how about their performance on music writing? can you post a short example of each?
the platinum looks so amazing!
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 23:23
Posted 18 September 2011 - 00:31
Nice to see the three Japanese music pens side-by-side.
I'm surprised by your experience with the Sailor nib.
Though I can't make comparisons with the other Japanese makes, my two Sailor 14K music nibs (one stock & the other adjusted by John Mottishaw) are both quite forgiving, when it comes to writing angle,......as long as I don't rotate the nib-section. (I tend hold my pens, at or near a 50 degree angle.) Found it easy to stay in the "groove".
For me, these nibs can also produce a fairly wide line-width variation, particularly the "Mottishawed" nib. Better than I expected, but not as extreme as my old Pelikan OBB.
Would love to try both the Pilot & Platinum.
Edited by tinta, 18 September 2011 - 00:36.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 01:13
Could the performance of the Sailor music nib be, because of the paper? The positive results I get are all written on Rhodia vellum.
I've just jotted some figures & a note on a Bell Telephone statement, & indeed there was almost no line variation.