How dies it write? This is, of course, what matters in the end. Well, I had to run home this afternoon with an ink-free pen, but I was determined not to let another day pass without testing this pen. Because the nib is large and seems to be extended out further than I recalled, I reached for a bottle of Iroshizuku. I am not crazy about the color, but I thought kiri-same (gray) would be a safe choice for a first test. Below is a writing sample with comments.
The nib has some variation to it. I think this is common to the older 14C tri-color nibs, or at least it has been for me so far. With this ink, the flow is a bit sporadic. I don't know if the nib needs a tune or if it is just the ink. I am not ready to pass judgement on the writing characteristics, but it can go from wet to dry depending on pressure. I definitely like the line width and Brad was able to give it some of the stubbish characteristics of MB pens with B+ widths.
For what I asked (and without me providing any samples), I think Brad did a great job for a retip. The nib seems to be fairly forgiving so far in terms of angle and pen rotation. And the great thing is he put so much tip on there I can have some additional work done if needed at a pen show.
Not unexpectedly, the nib is not a good upside down writer. To be fair, I never mentioned this but I was curious. I have used some Sailor King Eagle nibs and they write super broad, but can be a fine line if used upside down. No luck here unless I have it ground to write that way. no complaints about that though.
Unrelated to the nib, I will say the sharp angle of the lip on the section (next to nib) will take some getting used to. It seems to press into my middle finger if I am not careful how I hold the pen. I did not really expect this, but it may affect my desire to use the pen for longer writing sessions. I'll have to evaluate this further.