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Does A B Nib Suit My Writing?

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#1 Grwilliams86

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 06:34

Hey folks, I'd like to get some advice on nib sizes and pairing with writing style. I've always been a "F" kind of guy, but recently bought a Pelikan M200 with a "B" to try out. At first, I hated it... it had far too broad a line with WAY too much ink flow (Waterman Intense Black). On Clairefontaine 90g paper, it was tolerable, but on any cheap paper, it was dreadful how much feathering and bleed-through I got. Not to mention the closing up of many of my letters (a, o, e, etc). It was also skipping/hard-starting and I think had a single-cheeked baby's bottom thing going on (confirmed upon magnified inspection).

 

So, I got out my nail buffer pad and went to work adjusting things how I wanted (I think making it a little finer), and getting rid of the skipping. It's much more of a pleasure to write with now, but is still much more broad and wet than what I'm used to (mostly Lamy Safaris and Al-Stars).

 

Alright, here's the question. Does this broad nib seem to pair OK with my writing size/style (see scan below), or should I stick with F or M? My print is a little smaller and definitely puts down a wetter line (maybe I should have included a sample of that too...). Let me know what you all think, as I'll hopefully have an opportunity to buy a finer nib, if necessary, on an upcoming trip to the UK.

 

Thanks!

 

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Edited by Grwilliams86, 08 December 2013 - 10:41.

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#2 Grwilliams86

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 07:40

Here's a fairly quickly written sample of my print writing. Thanks again.

 

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#3 Ghost Plane

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 16:44

I like the B nibbed writing as it's easier on my eyes, but then I love a wet OBB nib, so I'm biased. Use what YOU like best.

#4 Vendome

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 18:15

It's a personal choice.

For myself, I would only use a Broad nib as a Signature pen, but I appreciate that others may want to use them as an everyday writer.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 18:36

It's a personal choice.

For myself, I would only use a Broad nib as a Signature pen, but I appreciate that others may want to use them as an everyday writer.

I use a broad nib as an everyday writer.  Why not?   It does look good know and although not good for certain situations (such as writing with a very limited amount of space) it is a reliable choice and certainly more dependable then a very fine nib, which I find can get messy.  Otherwise I can use it for everything.  I like your first sample (broad) best.  



#6 Vendome

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 18:42

I use a broad nib as an everyday writer.  Why not?   It does look good know and although not good for certain situations (such as writing with a very limited amount of space) it is a reliable choice and certainly more dependable then a very fine nib, which I find can get messy.  Otherwise I can use it for everything.  I like your first sample (broad) best.  

 

As per my previous post, it's down to personal choice what ever size nib you use.

I'd only use an XF nib for figures work, i.e. accountancy.

If you prefer a Broad nib as an everyday writer, fair play to you. :)


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#7 Runnin_Ute

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:49

I just got my first Broad as well, fior my Konrad. I have been doing a lot of of doodling and just scribbling writing, seeing what I can get the Apache Sunset in it to do. It has been a lot of fun so far. Will it become my daily writer? Not likely- but it is great for a change of pace.


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#8 Grwilliams86

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 05:52

Thanks everyone for the input. I think I'll hang onto the B for signatures, larger fun writing with pretty inks, etc. I think I'll go to a shop that sells Pelikan nibs and try out the F and M to find an everyday writer (I've got several pens with nibs ranging from XF to F/M, but not really any wet, solid performing mediums or fines).

 

Thanks again.


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