I am confused.
For some time I have had a "Z" [left] broad oblique nib, which I would call italic as it has at least 3:1 line width ratio, and seems double broad. It is one of my very favourite nibs.
Today, I bought 2 Parker 45 nibs from a local seller who has an Aladdin's cave of NOS nib units. I was after an "R", which is the medium equivalent of the "Z" described above, although I would call it "Broad", judging from the line width (though nowhere near the breadth of the "Z" nib). While I was there he mentioned that he had a "Z" nib so, given how much I enjoy my first "Z" nib, I jumped at the chance to buy it. I made the mistake of not looking at the nib itself as I had seen the "Z" code on the collar (only millimetres away from the nib tip!). When I got home and started to fit the nib, I noticed that it has a right [foot] oblique appearance, just like the "L" nib pictured two posts above this one (by Otterpen).
I know that nibs/collars/feeds get swapped around but I hadn't expected any variance in NOS nibs. I should have paid more attention. At least I have added another interesting nib to my Parker 45 collection but it is one that I shall probably never use, though at least I have it in the event that my left-handed daughter should ever show interest in her father's wacky interest in fountain pens.
The "R" nib is just fabulous.
Edited by the_gasman, 05 May 2017 - 15:49.