I've always looked towards fine nibs, and probably always will. The finer, the better (Western fines are no longer fine enough. Vintage fine pens are a bit better though). That hasn't changed but a little twist to that is that I've been looking into flexible nibs. They write fine enough (close to a Japanese fine, based on the flex nibs that I've tried) normally and are fun to sketch with and if you put some effort into it, can add flair to your writing.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 23:08
I started with F and EF and have slowly -- having tried a wide gamut of nibs over about thirty years of using fountain pens, from SEF all the way through 3.8mm -- re-calibrated my nib preferences to EF and F.
I do like the other sizes -- they have their uses -- and I like using dip pens with flex nibs, but my workhorse pens have EF and F nibs (or Japanese F and Western EF nibs - because Japanese F nibs tend to write finer than Western EF nibs).
Posted 03 January 2014 - 23:24
I started using a fountain pen because my handwriting was not legible using a ballpoint and an Italic nib forced me to keep the pen on the paper. After my hand writing improved I went to B and BB nibs because the bigger the nib the smoother the hand feel. Now I use Fine and Flex nibs. My handwriting looks best with Flex nibs but it was difficult learning to use them. My favorites are Wahl Adjustable nibs.
Posted 05 January 2014 - 15:57
I have EF through 1.1 mm and enjoy them all. The most recent acquisition was a Broad for my Konrad to replace the stock nib. But my workhorse nibs are mostly Fine's. Lately, the ones getting the most use are a Medium in my M205 which is narrower than other mediums I have.
I haven't had the B long and still figuring some things out with it. Right now I have the Konrad loaded with 54th Massachusetts. I wanted to try it for signatures. With the lowest bidder paper we have at the office it isn't working like I had hoped and I will put something else in it next. Not sure what yet. I had Apache Sunset in it, but want to try some others in it.
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Posted 05 January 2014 - 17:22
I have started using a fine nib for writing long notes and then use a different flex pen with the same color ink to sign the note.
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