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What Is The Smoothest Nib You Have Tried?


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#1 Pen Is Mightier

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:17

So I have been wondering after looking through my pens what is the smoothest nib I have ever tried, mine would be a Sheaffer Balance upturned nib smooooth as glass!

So my question is what is the smoothest nib you have ever tried?

Also as a side note what is the most economical and smoothest nib out there?
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#2 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:28

I gotta agree on the Sheaffer Waverly type tip, my Gold Imperials are probably my smoothest stock nibs. So far as consistently good nibs across a whole product range, I give Cross pretty high marks.

Bruce in Ocala, FL-I can imagine some saying those Sheaffer nibs are too smooth

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:37

I gotta agree on the Sheaffer Waverly type tip, my Gold Imperials are probably my smoothest stock nibs. So far as consistently good nibs across a whole product range, I give Cross pretty high marks.

Bruce in Ocala, FL-I can imagine some saying those Sheaffer nibs are too smooth

Bah! No such thing as too smooth, give me all the smoothness I can handle!
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#4 JefferyS

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:45

In the surprise of the year, my Binderized Aurora Optima EF. Not surprised because of the make, model, or nibmeister, but that the EF point flows so smoothly. I'm sorry that he discontinued it.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:52

Some Targas, my broad nibbed Bexley Corona, some other broad nibs in my Edison... uhhmm... a Nakaya I sold for a guy, pilot 823 B nib... yeah.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:02

Out of almost 60 pens:
MB149
Omas Milord Old Style
Esterbrook 2442 nib
Visconti Voyager 18k nib

Not that the others are inferior. I can like nibs that do have some feedback that some would call "toothy".

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:12

Sailor 21k M-F on a pro gear.......like butter
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:20

I would have to say...My Pilot Custom 74 (M) nib.
My Sailors are the smoothest F nibs, though.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:31

My medium pilot VP. It just flows over the page.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:35

The Pelikan m400 EF nib on my Twsbi 530.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:32

Montegrappa 80th anniversary with medium nib.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:33

I would have thought someone would have spooled up the nuclear smoothness adjective generator by now.

Slackers.

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Bruce in Ocala, FL-no greased icy buttahry smoothness?

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:36

I would have thought someone would have spooled up the nuclear smoothness adjective generator by now.

Slackers.

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Bruce in Ocala, FL-no greased icy buttahry smoothness?


Smoother than a gamma ray penetrating lead foil?

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:52

The medium nib on my grey Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper is the smoothest nib I have ever tried. My green Sentinel is almost as good, but I swear I think the PdAg nibs are smoother.

Edited by Jimmy James, 02 September 2011 - 05:54.


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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:00

Smoothest is my springy 18 K nibbed wet writing MB Woolf B, that actually writes to a BB. It is my #12 nib. I want more than just smoothness. It waltzes superbly. It should, it's a wide nib. I want more from an nib than just smooth. I want tango and foxtrotting.
Tied at # 13 is a regular flex'56-65 nib. Pelikan 120 school kid gold plated steel F that is a joy to write with.

Geha 725 M = # 3,790 wet writing KM = both semi-flex, #4/5/6, Osmia-Farber-Castell 540 M with a Supra nib.It is maxi-semi-flex/'flexi' .
Not in my top # 15 nibs but smoother than some in the top 15, P-51 F, Cross Townsend M both smooth steel nails.


My # 1 nib is MB 234 1/2 Deluxe KOB (52-55 only)sort of a Waverly tip more than a round ball; semi-flex. It dances the Tango or Foxtrot too, besides being smooth. How ever it depends on what ink to exact how smooth it is, it has with a dry ink a just a bit of tooth. The Geha 725 also.

Paper could matter to these nibs, but I'm still a paper noobie.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:12

The broad "F" nib on my Pelikan M640. It wasn't what I wanted, but at least it was smooth.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:16

Of the 21 fountain pens I've owned, the smoothest is my modern Parker Duofold with F nib. It has no feedback, it has to barely touch the paper, it gives no hint about the nature of the paper or what it is doing and it is totally silent. However, I prefer a pen with more feedback and that requires more force - so smooth does not, for me, equate with writing pleasure. My favorites are my 2 Auroras.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:29

a Nakaya I sold for a guy


Testify! I was lucky enough to try that out at Pen Posse -- AMAZING! It was like melted butter on melted butter.

Other smoothest nibs: Vintage Sheaffer (pick one, pick any one), Sailor 1911 14kt H-EF, the Sailor Music nib I tried at the Flax Pen Fair earlier this year -- these are the ones that pop into mind immediately.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:36

MB 146 Medium nib, bar none.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:24

Waterman Charleston M - perfect our of the box,
Parker 100 M - too broad and too wet for my taste.
Both pens silky smooth.






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