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#1 antoniosz

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 03:50

It is being scrolled over at PT so I transfering it here. Enjoy it if you did not see it before.

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#2 Keith with a capital K

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 04:35

Antonios - I am aware that Sheaffer was making some of their best pens ever in the 50's in the Snorkel and Touchdown models and was wondering where I misplaced that Saratoga with the FF3 nib I had.

I see you found it and if you would be so kind as to return it to me I'd be forever greatful.

Seriously, that is a spectacular pen and a wonderful exemplar.

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 11:44

I'm so pleased that a "vintage" (there's that word again!) Sheaffer with a flexy nib found its way into your hands; it deserves beautiful handwriting like yours, Antonios :)
Thank you once again for posting a sample; I really enjoy reading hand-written reviews!
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#4 Leslie J.

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 12:12

I'm so envious. ;) I'm convinced that you can make just about any somewhat flexy nib work to it's best advantage Antonios. Do you have to write slowly to achieve that style?
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#5 antoniosz

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 16:07

Maja, Keith and Leslie thank you for your kind words.

Leslie, in general I do not want to slow down when writing with a flex nib. The reality is that to achieve really high quality result I need to slow down. But I enjoy writing with flex nibs fast. In fact I appreciate the nibs that do not slow me down. For example a very very wet noodle nib requires very high attention - as it is possible to destroy it. I would use such a nib only when I want to get good quality result so slow writing is by default needed there. But I enjoy particularly springy flex nibs that put me in a fast rhythm and are forgiving to mild abuse :). I am not sure if I explained this well but anyway..

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 19:31

Antonios,

But I enjoy particularly springy flex nibs that put me in a fast rhythm and are forgiving to mild abuse :).


Which nibs/pens do you have this experience with?

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Edited by Arnav, 31 March 2005 - 19:32.

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 00:34

Several. But not necessarily from the same maker.
In vintage nibs there is a lot of variation even within the same manufacturer. Of the top of my head I vividly recall a Waterman #12 eyedropper that I had bought from an Australian friend and I sold it. How foolish!... I have found many very good watermans but not as good as that one. A waterman #4 that I have is really nice. Some Wahls. Some Diamond Point (especially one that I had posted about here on FPN). I found some Warranted nibs to be quite nice (and many plain aweful).

At the end it takes time to try many and find the "better" ones.
But do not be "fooled". A nib will never suffice by itself :)

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Posted 01 April 2005 - 16:28

Hi Antonios,

Thanks for a marvelous exemplar, again! I just love looking at your well-executed flex script writing.

At the end it takes time to try many and find the "better" ones.
But do not be "fooled". A nib will never suffice by itself :)

Very true indeed, both statements! :D

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#9 woodwindmaster06

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 04:15

Simply amazing: from Sheaffer the company I thought only knew the art of nice stiff nibs.
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Posted 05 June 2010 - 16:20

That Saratoga is very much what I had in mind, come the Day of Sheaffer.

Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 05 June 2010 - 16:21.

Wisdom of the Founders, and their check and balances system is more a wonder than I thought. 

 

Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I try not use the term Easy Full Flex, but fail...sigh.

 

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 maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X.  Those are not "Flex" nibs. 

 

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 and inks only; not the users or inks 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.


#11 freewheelingvagabond

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 18:40

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#12 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:32

great writing and great pen :puddle: :thumbup:
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 01:16

Most Sheaffer nibs are stiff but very smooth, however you can still find flexible nibs and veritable "wet noodles". Great find!
Pedro

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