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Lamy Nibs

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#1 Think-Ink


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 16:45

Hi! So I thought it'd be fun to show the difference between the various calligraphy nibs Lamy has. A black Safari was used for the samples (I swapped nibs each time). It was done on Rhodia paper and with the J Herbin Hematite Rouge 1670 ink.

I'm not a calligraphist by any means (learning though :embarrassed_smile: ) but just thought it could help some people out :)

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It's not the best quality (cell phone pic) but I suppose it's good enough :embarrassed_smile:

Personally, my favorite is the 1.5mm nib. I love the line variation on it. The only problem is that it is a little too big for my everyday writing (I do lots of note-taking). The 1.1mm is nice too and is a great everyday writer size... but the line variation isn't quite what I'd prefer.

If Lamy made a 1.3mm, I think it'd hit the sweet spot for me.

For those of you interested in the ink, all three calligraphy nibs showed the greenish-gold shimmer the 1670 is known for (it's a little hard to see on the picture). As would be expected though, the 1.9mm had more shimmer than the 1.5mm which had more shimmer than the 1.1mm.
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#2 Uncle Red

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 19:27

Thanks for sharing. Questions about these nibs come up all the time. You could probably get one of the repair men to grind the 1.1 for a finer cross stroke for better variation.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:31

Excellent. I just ordered the 1.1mm nib from Jetpens this afternoon. I went based on what I'd read about it and your picture confirmed that I got the right thing. Thanks.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:56

Great comparison of the nibs, thanks very much for this!
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:25

Nice! One question: does the Safari's grip make it easier to hold the pen on the italics' sweet spot?
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:39

Nice! One question: does the Safari's grip make it easier to hold the pen on the italics' sweet spot?

For me, yes, but then I have a textbook grip, so it all feels natural.

It's not so much that it makes it easier for me to hold - I don't tend to roll my pens - as that it means I can pick up the pen and orient it correctly without looking at the nib (or even at the pen, for that matter).

[edit] Another option for anyone looking for an ergonomic grip is the Pilot Plumix/Pluminix/Penmanship, available with a very fine EF nib (Penmanship) or various grades of italic (Plumix or short-bodied Pluminix), though it's hard to find anything about from M. Nibs are swappable with the 78G and one or two others. The grip is more gently contoured and not so steeply tapered. If you don't have a textbook grip, you can twist the Pilot nibs to either side.

The Lamy Nexx has a rubbery, more rounded section than the Safari/Vista/Al-Star and takes the same nibs.

Edited by brunico, 14 April 2012 - 17:56.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 13:53

Very helpful review - thanks
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:46

Unfortunately your photos are no longer displaying. If you have nothing better to do with your time, would you consider reposting the photos? I have a 1.1mm as a daily writer and have always wondered if I could manage the 1.5mm, since I'd like a little more line variation.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 23:48

Greg, you are using both the Lamy Safari 1.1mm stub and the Waterman Phileas. What nib is in the Phileas, and how does it compare to the Lamy?


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 07:03



The Lamy nibs are fairly in-expensive, and as a result they are great to practice nib work on.


If you are happy with it, go ahead and customise your nib :)


Have fun !


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#11 Mags


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 01:35

Thanks for the reviews, the nibs are priced about 20 dollars and have some quality issues I encountered on my 3 nibs. Only one worked without having to manually floss, polish and adjust the flow on. They are perfect pens for sharing with someone who has never written with a nib before without breaking into a sweat while they borrow your medium or high priced pen.
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Posted 26 October 2013 - 23:23

Goulet Pens has them for $13 each.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 19:43

An image of short writing samples using a Lamy Studio fountain pen and a Lamy T 10 (washable) blue proprietary ink cartridge with Extra Fine (EF), Fine (F), Medium (M), Broad ( B )  line width nibs and 1.1 mm (1.1), 1.5 mm (1.5) and 1.9 mm (1.9) calligraphic stub italic nibs.


Edited by Fuellerfuehrerschein, 27 October 2013 - 19:45.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:18

I have different nibs for Lamys. But, I fall into my default nib, which is EF or F.  

My collection: 149 EF/F/B/OBB, Collodi B/Twain F/Mann F, 146 M, Silver Barley F, M1000/M800 B'o'B/M800 Tortoise/Sahara/415 BT/215/205 Blue Demo, Optima Demo Red M/88 EF & Italic/Europa, Emotica, 2K/Safaris/Al-Stars/Vista, Edson DB/Carene BS, Pilot 845/823/742/743/Silvern/M90/Makies, Sailor Profit Realo M/KOP Makies/Profit Makies/Profit 21 Naginata MF&M/KOP/KOP Mosaiques/Sterling Silvers,Platinum #3776 Celluloids/Izumos/Wood pens/Sterling Silvers,YoL Grand Victorian, and more (I lost counting)

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