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Mabie Todd

mabie todd blackbird flex

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#1 Tootles


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 05:39

Hey folks,


I have a small dilemma. I've had this Mabie Todd Blackbird BB2-60 for a couple of months now but I just cannot get on with it at all. The nib is a medium and, looking closely at it, I wouldn't be surprised if it had been sprung some time in the past and reset. I love the BCHR and it is in very good condition in that respect. It's just that damned nib. I actually find using a Zebra G dip pen easier to use than this Blackbird nib.


Has anyone else struggled with the Mabie Todd nibs. I am on the verge of giving up - which is a real shame as I like the pen overall - and selling it off for half the price I paid (or even giving it away if I cannot get that).


In frustration.

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 19:44

I am watching this thread with interest. I recently purchased a Mabie Todd No. 1 dip pen with nib and I'm not sure what I think of it yet. It seems a tiny bit scratch, but because it is used, it is probably 'broken in' by the original owner's handwriting. Going to keep an open mind. 


What makes you think the nib has been sprung and brought back?

So, what's your point? (Mine is a flexible F.)

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:30

I have a Blackbird with a F #2 nib and love it. While it flexes easily it is very controllable. What problem are you having?


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:02

I have been watching Mabie Todds for quite some time as I thoroughly enjoy the look of them. But I have been cautious for this same reason. Its a big investment for something that may not work for me. I am sorry you are going through this. I have "lucked" into several pens with various flex to them and am training my hand with those in hopes that eventually a Blackbird will make it into my hands, but your situation has me even more wary. If the investment was large enough maybe having a professional look at it before you part ways with it would be in order. Regardless, best of luck to you.


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