Good steel is as good as good gold....accent on good.
Gold is more expensive. Lots of folks think gold is better....some because it's gold.....others that they must have done better work on the nib, because it's gold.
Osmia/O-F-C or Geha, the gold nibs are equal to the steel ones. Something I didn't know when I was chasing Osmia pens....or I could have gotten more of them.
I knew the Geha steel nibs were as good as the gold....I just didn't run into enough on the 790's. I'll have to look for steel on the earlier '50's ones.
When it comes to nails....a steel nail is much better than a gold nail outside of bling, because of all the inks you can buy when you are wise and get steel.
I do have to admit the gold Esterbrook nibs are much better than the steel.
Everyone says poor Mozart dead at only 36. None say poor Mendelson, dead at only 38. His family only allowed him to start at 20, but before, musicians use to come to the Mendelson garden to steal the music of Mendelson and his sister. A good artist also.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany Info on Bock nibs
The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.