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Pilot Plumix: Everyday Pen?

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#1 circlepattern

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 00:54

I've always wanted an italic nib, and it seems nearly all are WAY out of my price range since I'm not a collector, just everyday user. I recently tumbled upon the plumix, a pen that will get me some weird looks, but might be interesting to use. I'm somehow getting the impression that this is meant to be used for drawing and such from other posts, but I actually want to use it, primarily so that my writing will look more "exotic". However I do not intend to lose speed and comfort of the regular round nib pens.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 01:13

The Plumix is about as basic as you can get. Certainly not known for its good looks, but it has a really nice italic nib. I used to do daily work reports with the Plumix. It's said the Pilot 78G in a Broad/Stub nib is the same nib, but in a more conventional looking fountain pen.Google for Sellers in your area. Can be found for about $8 USD

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 01:32

Appreciate the feedback, just looking for something else than a round tip.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 02:14

It depends on your price range. If you save a little, you could get a nice Lamy Safari with an italic nib, which aren't crisp by the way, so I think that'll fit your need for faster writing. Having fooled around with both nibs (Lamy & Plumix) I think that the italic nib for the Pilot Plumix is more on the crisp side, so writing faster with it will take more work. I think. Anyone chime?



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 02:21

I'm really looking for a very average italic to try out, maybe if I like the writing style I'll pick up a Safari, I hate to waste 30 bucks on a pen that I won't touch after writing 5 lines of text.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:55

I have two plumixes, although I do not use them very often, when I do I can't say I notice any need for slowing my writing. I think they're fairly smooth. Certainly I find the Sheaffer calligraphy italic nibs a lot crisper.

I also have a 78G, and somehow I prefer the Plumix. Don't really know why. May be the weight of the pen. Both are light but the Plumix is a little heavier than the Plumix. And I do like their looks. Different.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:44

The only concern I have over the plumix is the grip section, I have small hands and prefer the curved grip like the parker 51. Based on images the plumix's grip seems to flare out and abruptly end, is that a problem to any of you plumix users out there?



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:01

The feed/nib unit in Plumix does not have preferable orientation. You can always turn it in such way that the pen is the most comfortable to hold. Recently I've spent quite some time comparing Plumix, Metropolitan and Safari. From the comfort perspective Plumix was a winner way ahead the other two. I can see myself revisiting it once in a while. It sports the Metropolitan's nib now and the Diamine's Majestic Blue performs there wonderfully.



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:12

The only concern I have over the plumix is the grip section, I have small hands and prefer the curved grip like the parker 51. Based on images the plumix's grip seems to flare out and abruptly end, is that a problem to any of you plumix users out there?

Not a problem at all.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:02

I have two plumixes, although I do not use them very often, when I do I can't say I notice any need for slowing my writing. I think they're fairly smooth. Certainly I find the Sheaffer calligraphy italic nibs a lot crisper.

 

I have both these pens and also all the Lamy nibs (1.1, 1.5 and 1.9) and I agree. The Plumix nib feels sharper to me than the Lamy nibs, but nothing that (for me) creates a need to slow down.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 21:52

Let us know how you get on, circlepattern.

 

I find the squidlike shape of the Plumix unnecessarily fancy, so I put the nibs into Penmanships (same grip) and Preras (normal round section). They're great nibs.

 

Your issue with the grip might be that it's ergonomic rather than that it flares. It's a less prescriptive grip than the Safari, so it may not be a problem, but if not, you can twist the nib and feed round to where it's comfortable.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 22:18

Sure, I'll try to keep posted.







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