A great thread Jar......
Fantastic...the third myth that died.....or partially died. Japanese is not always a full width narrower than western.
A question remains of German nibs...vintage or modern vs Japanese.
Semi-vintage and Vintage German nibs are supposed to be 1/2 narrower than modern German nibs. And are as far as I can tell......but I only have a few of the fat modern German pens, and lots of semi-vintage and vintage German ones.
Other myths....once there were many fire storms here with Waterman users being jealous of the Pelikan ease of switching nibs....and loudly proclaimed....Waterman was a skinnier nib.
(Mostly that was true....skinny nibbed Waterman made a wet ink....Fatter nibbed Pelikan made a drier ink.
1. Waterman was narrower than Pelikan.....a second normal set of Waterman nibs were discovered that was a wide as Pelikan....'90's. Pelikan EF was narrower than either Waterman's EF nibs. The air was taken out of Waterman's sails and there were no more of that firestorm.
Is not true any more?????....In fatter stiffer nibs are now made by Pelikan for the ham fisted ball point barbarians who hold their pen like a ball point.
I'm not sure how skinny all the Waterman nib sets are now in modern days of making nibs harder to bend, and broader tipped for ball point users.
2. Certain cartridges carried as much or more ink than many piston pens ....like a certain Sheaffer cartridge carried 1.60ml, the same as a 149....and more than the 1000,800,600, 400/200 Pelikan pens.
Two international carried 1.48 mi.....more than many Pelikan/MB pens.
That killed the myth of how much ink a Piston pen carried.....they do carry more than converters.
I did have a Sheaffer made in Japan, that had the 'typical' narrow Sheaffer nib of the '50-60's...."Japanese narrow."
Once Sheaffer made narrower nibs than Parker. I got rid of it because it was a nail....and I prefer 'softer' nibs.
Many have said, the '50's Sheaffer nibs were very narrow.
The narrowest Euro nib was supposed to be Aurora. Had Jar's Aurora not been stubbed it could have been narrower.