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Franklin Christoph Nibs

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#21 alaskazimm


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 21:14


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?


They are, afik, Jowo nibs. I have a Masuyama memdium stub and as far as nib characteristics go, it is practically identical to the Jowo Edison nibs that I have.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 16:44

They are Jowo nib units. All Franklin-Christoph nibs are tested prior to shipping, not just the Masuyama nibs. The nib units screw right in and work with Edison and Newton pens.

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 16:44

If you need to write very quickly, say you're taking notes in a meeting, then it will be harder to to that with a stub as opposed to a plain medium nib.  If you have to put annotations where you have little space, then a needlepoint will do the trick.  Franklin-Christoph have a returns policy that I used when I realized I wanted a full-size pen rather than a pocket.  You could order a pen with a medium nib plus a stub nib, then return the nib that you like least.  You'd have to pay for shipping of the nib back to them, but that way you get to try a couple of nibs.  I have a Panther 40 and  Marietta 20.  I love them both.  The Marietta is particularly ergonomic.  I have medium and broad nibs, which I sometimes swap between the 40 and 20 depending on my ink choice. They are both lovely and smooth and I don't feel like I missed out by buying the steel nibs rather than gold.  Good luck. 

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 19:15

I have a medium italic on my FC pen but I am finding it a little on the dry side with Pilot ink.  I did just fill the pen without cleaning it out though, so perhaps that could account for it?

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 02:30

I've never used Pilot's standard inks, but my broad Masuyama italic has been on the dry side from the start.

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 02:44

I am not privy to Michael's or FC's thinking about the Italic Masuyama nibs, but, in general, to optimize thick/thin line difference, you want a dryish nib. Michael knows what he is doing, to say the least. If the nibs are dry (and they are) it is intentional and for a good reason. I would presume it is because they expect italic nibs just might be used to write italic text. 



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 02:53

Mine is for italic-style writing - I wouldn't presume to be able to actually write a decent italic hand.  The ink I am using is Iroshizuku Shin-kai.


Also, as it is a demonstrator I notice that ink pools in the section. I guess that's normal but we just don't see it on standard pens?

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 09:50

Ah, now I've watched the video on the F-C website.  I didn't realise that I had to grease the nib unit as well.  No wonder the ink has got everywhere. What a loon I am! :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 03:26

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.


I just picked up a standard (un-customized) EF nib at the Chicago Pen Show, and used it at work last week (i.e. on cheap paper) - worked like a champ. Not as fine as I though "EF" would mean, but I'm still learning.

It was a replacement for the M nib in my (Paradise Pens) Padrino Trend, I needed something finer. Great customer service at the F-C booth, as others have said.



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Posted 05 June 2016 - 04:25

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



I ordered a Masuyama steel needlepoint. Do you think the line width will be similar to the 14k needlepoint sample you shared?

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 16:33

I have the steel fine italic nib and love it.  However, I had the advantage of fine-tuning the nib and customizing it to my writing style at a local pen show.

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