95% of scratchy is from miss aligned tines and holding a fountain pen like a ball point at a too vertical hold before the big index knuckle.
Using a ball point is like plowing the south forty with out the mule....so one gets use to holding on to a ball point like the edge of a cliff you are falling off of.
A fountain pen should 'rest' behind the big index knuckle at 45 degrees, 40 degrees at the web of the thumb or if the pen is heavy or long, at 35 degrees in the pit of the web of your thumb.
Let the pen rest where it will. Holding it rigidly at 45 degrees will cause the dreaded 'Death Grip'...and never, ever use the 'Kung Fu' thumb nail pinch.
In a properly held fountain pen floats on a small puddle of ink, no pressure is needed. Held like a ball point, you are plowing furrows in the paper....Jack Hammer Ham Fistedness. The 'puddle' is way to small to float the nib on....also causes those Grand Canyon gouges in your desk....like from a Ball Point.
A fountain pen should be held as lightly as one holds a featherless baby bird.
Do Not make baby bird paste.
The last recorded incidence of a fountain pen doing a somersault out of someones hand, was in the 1970 Guinness book of records. By a spoon bender named Uri Geller.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 11 May 2016 - 09:37.
German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,
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