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Which Is Your Best Nib? The Nib With Which All Others Are Judged? One Nib To Rule Them All?

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#41 mjhullett


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 18:53

The best feeling nib that I have is on my Platinum 3776, it is "C" or Double Broad and writes effortlessly. 


My highest quality nib is on my S.T. Dupont Montparnasse. 




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Posted 26 May 2014 - 19:17

Based on smoothness (all of my pens write well with no slow starts or skipping), my Onoto Magnas for modern pens, and my Eversharp Skylines for vintage pens. I have some cursive italic nibs that write very well (Pelikan nibs from Richard Binder), but round nibs win the smooth catageory. Lucky, I guess, bet I don't have any nibs that fail to please me.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 21:02


What nib is normally on the Balance? I(I ask because I'm interested in a Balance, but would be nice to know which nib to look out for on them). 


Uops. Forgot about that.  Well, the no. 3, (33) and lifetime nibs that i`ve tried weren`t great.  The Balance i was thinking about has a feather touch no.5 nib, and based on this experience, these are softer and smoother.  If i were to buy another Balance, i would always choose the no.5. They are the best looking as well :)


Of course, because these pens are so old, what you may find depends on your luck and where you buy them from.  I really wish you luck in finding a good one.  

Edited by rochester21, 26 May 2014 - 21:09.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 21:07


Uops. Forgot about that.  Well, the no. 3, (33) and lifetime nibs that i`ve tried weren`t great.  The Balance i was thinking about has a feather touch no.5 nib, and based on my experience, these are softer and smoother.


Of course, because these pens are so old, what you may find depends on your luck and where you buy them from.  I really wish you luck in finding a good one.  


That's true (in terms of seeking out a good one), My Feathertouch Accounting (doesn't say accounting or a #, but it's like a Japanese XF if not finer) on my Sheaffer Touchdown is much nicer flow and smoothness than the #33, didn't know the Balance had the option for feathertouch nibs (Thought they came out around late 40s or so). 


If I could find a Balance Oversize with a nice striated color pattern with a fine as you described it... :D

Edited by KBeezie, 26 May 2014 - 21:07.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 21:34

Pilot Custom 823 Medium nib is definitely the best in its price range IMO.  :wub:  :wub:

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 10:31

My Pelikan 400NN flexy fine tuned by Rick Propas followed closely by Eversharp Symphony Fine customized my me

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 13:55

2 pages of 46 posts and not A Single handwriting sample from these Uber nibs?  :rolleyes:


Slackers.   ;)




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EXACTLY like the first Vac 51 grind.  :lticaptd:


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 05:25

oof.  What a challenge.  Generically, this includes all my Parker Duofolds which are all M nibs (about 8 of these I reckon), my Lamy 2000 M nib, my Pelikan M20x M nibs, and my Pelikan M800 M nib, my Pilot VP in F and M, and my Pilot M90.


If pushed to vote a King of the Hill I reckon it would be my out of the box Pelikan M800 M nib.  Just by a slight edge.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 07:01

Some of my nibs were bad when I bought them (eg. My Pelik.M205 F, kaweco student nib EF didn't even write) but got better with use, or minor adjustments.
My sheaffer Balance 2 EF has been perfect from the start. My lost Sheaffer Fashion deluxe F was heavenly.
But for the price, the absolute best are the Lamy steel F-EF nib that fit my Al-star/safaris. Excellent from the start, and easy to replace.

Edited by JeanManuel, 29 May 2014 - 07:02.

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#50 richardandtracy


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:36

My favourite nib is in my P61 insignia. The feedback & feel are dreamily good, so much so that I have to avoid using it too much as I end up concentrating on how pleasurable it is to write and not on what I am writing. I end up writing gibberish as a result.





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Posted 29 May 2014 - 13:41

My Parker duo-fold fits me best, but all the Parker pens I have are great.
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Posted 29 May 2014 - 19:01

relatively new here, but glad to be here... i found my best pen nib is my lamy 2000 :)

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 23:30

Italix Captain's Commission, 1.1mm italic. Or any other Italix pen nib really 

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 00:58

From limited experience, my Esterbrook 2314-B fairly skates across the page on a film of ink only thick enough to keep the nib off paper. So slippery it is almost difficult to control. But I will get it!



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 01:32

That would be my Visconti Michaelangelo fine point, but only on paper of high enough quality to handle it.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 17:22

Depends on the time of day.


Enjoy your pens
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Posted 30 May 2014 - 18:49

Hmm, I'd love to say that the Naginata Emperor nib on my 1911 is my standard bearer, but while it writes perfectly now, I had to do a LOT of tweaking and flow adjustments to get it to suit me. It's now much narrower and slightly drier a writer now, which suits me perfectly.


If I were to talk about unmodified nibs though, the extremely juicy (8/10 flow?) M nib on my Lamy 2000 would have to be it. While it was indeed quite dry at first, the people over at Heidelberg tweaked it to an amazing standard after I sent the pen in for, er, repairs (accidents do happen). It causes shading in inks that don't normally shade, and brings out sheen wherever there's sheen to be had. The same can be said of the Naginata nib, yes, but while that wrote a bit too broadly for me at first, the Lamy M was perfect for my handwriting.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 19:22

Parker 25 F nib. The smoothest of my nibs and wit a perfect even ink flow. I compare all new pens to it. I ofter hear that F nibs are scratchier but this does not even have the slightest hint of tooth. Just pure perfection.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 20:13

Right now, my Binderized Broad on a Pelikan M205. So juicy!


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 00:31

id have to go with Montblanc 146 14c nib,  that and a M800 nib   in F or B

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