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Franklin Christoph Nibs

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#1 Angel91

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 10:01

Hello everyone,

 

I've recently discovered Franklin Christoph pens and I've fallen in love with them. I'm seriously thinking about getting a P66 or a 02, as everyone talks so good about them, but I just have some trouble deciding which nib would fit me better. I hope you can help me.

 

I usually use European M such as Delta, Lamy or MB. I wouldn't like to have a broader nib than those I've mentioned, as I would use the pen for everyday writing, note taking, etc. 

 

I've seen everyone recommends getting a Masuyama nib from them, but they only have Fine Italics and then Medium Stub and Italics. I've never used Italics and I'm afraid it wouldn't be suitable for me. Do you think the Medium Stub would be comparable to an European M as those mentioned above? From the information on the website, the Medium Stub is 0,7mm and the usual European M seems to be a bit smaller. 

 

What's your experience?

 

Thank you very much!!



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#2 zaddick

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 16:48

I think it will be a little wider, although MB can run wide too. It will definitely have more line variation.

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 19:46

I have the medium stub and absolutely love it!
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#4 Angel91

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 20:03

But, if you had to compare it to any other nib, would you say it's more similar to a M or a Broad European-wise?



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 22:39

It's noticeably wider than a medium...and In my experience, mediums are ~.5 mm. The above medium stub is .7 mm. Very nice! The medium stub is truly a "medium stub". This is in comparison to most stubs I am familiar with that are commonly in the 1.0 to 1.3 mm range.
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#6 sarahfar

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 11:48

I like the steel nibs, but really love the 14K Mike M. currently I have a Needlepoint that I would I highly recommend people seriously consider......



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Posted 09 February 2016 - 13:11

I own a 02 in Cinnamaroon with a 1.1 Cursive Italic nib. Love everything about this pen. Money well spent.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:45

this the model 20 coke resin 14k Mike M needlepoint .....

 

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 03:54

I have two Franklin Christophs with the Masuyama ground nibs. The rest with the company's steel cursive calligraphy nibs. Although Mikes nibs are super, the cursive calligraphy nibs - specially the 1.5 mm are brilliant.
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Posted 13 February 2016 - 18:37

Wow! Didn't know model 20 was available as such!
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Posted 13 February 2016 - 22:14

Talking about Franklin Christophs... and now that I'm really trying to decide which to pick, my choices are the 02 and 20, as I dont like big pens (MB 146 is too big for me, for example).

 

Which would you choose from the two of them if you liked smaller pens?

 

 

Thank you!



#12 Sharookh

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 12:25

Hope the following link helps you to decide on the pen of your choosing.

http://www.franklin-...ntain-pens.html
Best//Sharookh

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 12:52

This should give you some idea about the company's cursive calligraphy nibs and how they write.....
(...... the P65 should read P66).

Hope this helps...

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#14 Angel91

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 15:50

Thank you very much! It's been really useful.

 

One thing that still bothers me is what nib to pick... I mainly use it for daily writing, correcting, etc, and sometimes I have to write in bad quality paper. For that, I prefer a finer nib. I wanted to buy a F-C because of their nib experience, but they have a big gap between the needlepoint and the medium stub. I feel like the medium stub will be too wet for this purpose, and the needlepoint, well, I have never used a nib so fine. What do you guys suggest?


Edited by Angel91, 14 February 2016 - 19:23.


#15 sarahfar

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 08:17

The Mike M needlepoint is consistent with a Japanese fine or European XF or narrow fine. It is wet enough though. Might be what you  you are looking for. They also have a FCI I think in the 14K nib. I really like the Needlepoint, it is a great little nib in 14K.



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Posted 21 February 2016 - 03:26

they also have a ef that is pretty nice (stock FC not the Mike M).  mine writes finer than my euro xf and somewhere between my pilot f and ef. 



#17 IpsoLaxoPenoFlip

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 19:17

The standard EF is nice. Only slightly finer than the fine, but still smooth. I would think it could hold up to writing on any paper for your corrections.

 

And the cost is so low - buy two steel nibs and have some variety.



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Posted 26 March 2016 - 15:24

At the Baltimore Pen Show, I spoke to Scott Franklin as I handled the pens, and specified that I do not like a big drop from barrel to section (commonly found on Japanese pens), and that I prefer a curved section for my fingertips.  He handed me two models, one of which was the 02 (I forget the other).  It avoids the "drop" by moving the threads to the end of the section, similar to vintage hard rubber pens made at the turn of the 20th century.  I don't like seeing ink residue in clear pens, so I opted for the black with the reddish marbled thick jewel on the cap.

 

I chose the steel 1.5mm stub nib.  I look forward to swapping that out when I see Scott again.

 

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Edited by FredRydr, 26 March 2016 - 15:36.


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 20:38

they also have a ef that is pretty nice (stock FC not the Mike M).  mine writes finer than my euro xf and somewhere between my pilot f and ef. 

 

Do you know who makes FC's standard nibs?  Are they noticeably better than the ubiquitous Jowo and Schmidt nibs found on so many pens these days?



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 21:10

I would second sarahfar's endorsement of the needlepoint, a delightful nib. I usually favor broader, wetter nibs. My favorite Franklin Cristophs' at the moment is their music nib, but the needlepoint is a charmer.


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