My absolute favourite fountain pen is the majestic Montblanc 139. I have two. Given their value to me, mine stay at home. My favourite modern fountain pen is the outstanding Conid Bulkfiller. It is a very practical, reliable and attractive pen and I carry mine all the time. However, I am frustrated with its adequate but boring Bock titanium nib. My absolute favourite nib is the amazing Leonardt Principal and I use these nibs in my oblique holder(s) at work for all my formal letter writing.
As I continue my quest, to find the perfect nib for my standard-sized Bulkfiller, I find myself delving deeper into my pen collection for candidate nibs. I have a few pens and, if it isn’t practical for me to use all my pens as often as I would wish, I might as well take advantage of borrowing a suitable nib knowing I can put it back whenever I wish.
I recently borrowed a Waterman’s 5 nib from my Waterman’s 55. Whilst a perfect fit and considerable improvement over the Bock, mine unfortunately only has medium flex, rather than superflex, qualities.
Today I am trying a John Holland size 6 dip nib. The nib is 14k gold and has iridium tipping and as such, with sensible use, the nib should clearly outlive me and of course it won’t rust. I paid a lot of money for this 1850s dip nib to be put onto a vintage eyedropper in the hope of realising a perfect pen. However, whilst eyedroppers benefit from a huge ink capacity, they are not exactly practical in the modern work environment and in any event, what on earth is the point of having such ink capacity if the ink level has to be continually topped up for the pen to work properly?
So, a dip nib on a Fountainbel Conid Bulkfiller!
Edited by pavoni, 26 April 2015 - 05:53.