Very quick update as I'm supposed to be doing uni, but the Pilot Custom Heritage 912 Posting Nib (PO Nib) arrived this am. Loaded with Kon-Peki x Take Sumi blend.
Love the fineness of this 14k posting nib! It's very sturdy, but very fine. I used to use Rotring and Staedtler very fine technical pens when I was younger a lot, so being able to write tiny again is great at 1mm x-height. It performs similarly to the technical pens getting ink onto paper. I can even write rapid scrappy cursive at 2mm x-height without my e's and g's filling in, which has been a constant problem thus far with Western fines. Being able to write smaller means I can also write faster overall. Great for exams.
Having no trouble writing at high speed - still writes even if it is off the sweet spot. Nib is neither too wet nor dry but a perfect middle-ground.
Line is slightly wider on cheaper Reflex blue copy paper than on high quality Quill Powder Blue copy paper (which has similar performance to Rhoda re not feathering). Shading is more obvious on cheap paper due to slightly wider line/paper absorbency.
Pen (unposted) is very lightweight. After only a minute or so, it felt like an extension of my hand rather than being a weight that needed controlling. Great for exams, again.
Pen needed the nib/feed removed/cleaned as it had manufacturing residue in the form of white particles and dust on it. I used a tiny bit of detergent while I was at it then rinsed off really well.
Took me a minute to figure out that I can't fill the converter separately to the pen - I need to dip the nib in the ink with the converter attached to get the pump system to work. Not so keen on that arrangement, as it means the section gets inky.
The construction of the plastic feed holder inside the section where it is attached to the converter feels fragile. It's quite tight and screechy when I move the converter on to it. I won't be removing the converter very much because of this (ie not switching inks often in this pen like I normally do).
The section feels slightly larger than my Lamy grips (which to this point have been my every-day writers for uni), but is more comfortable because of this. It is not a large section by any means, but suits me - I can already feel there is less tension required to hold the pen comfortably. The section feels smaller than my Jinhao X450s and around the same as the Nooder's Konrads. I have large hands for a female but with average length fingers (I'm limited to men's gloves for winter).
The pen came with a Con-70 converter (should have read up on it a bit more first) so I now have a spare Con-70 that I ordered in addition to the pen.
As always, SBREBrown's youtube video for disassembling a custom heritage pen was helpful, as the threads for the nib/feed housing sleeve inside the section run in the opposite direction. The nib/feed itself is friction fit inside the housing and was firm to remove initially, but came free ok.
Purchased from j-subculture at their usual great prices. Expedited shipping only took around 5-6 days from Japan to Australia.
I can see myself getting more of these with a couple of different nibs one day to replace my Lamys. Possibly one with a soft nib of some sort for a little line variation, and another with a fine rigid. This has rounded out my little selection of pens very nicely.
Noodler's Konrad Acrylics (normal+Da Luz custom flex) ~ Lamy AL-Stars/Vista F/M/1.1 ~ Handmade Barry Roberts Dayacom M ~ Waterman 32 1/2, F semi-flex nib ~ Conklin crescent, EF super-flex ~ Aikin Lambert dip pen EEF super-flex ~ Aikin Lambert dip pen semi-flex M ~ Jinhao X450s ~ Pilot Custom Heritage 912 Posting Nib ~ Sailor 1911 Profit 21k Rhodium F. Favourite inks: Iroshizuku blends, Noodler's CMYK blends.