The one Bexley stub I have is my most used pen for the past two years.
I wish mine wrote. I'm on my second 18k stub and neither of them are writing at all.
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Posted 22 December 2017 - 01:44
I had to send mine to a nibmeister. Turns out a bunch of those 18k stubs were baby bottoms from the factory.
Fountain pens are my PREFERRED ADVANCED COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas.
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Posted 22 December 2017 - 02:51
Not sure how well these will come out but here goes..
That's awesome. What is the blue ink?
Posted 11 January 2018 - 18:36
Time to start posting again. Today I am showcasing an Edison Menlo with a pump filling mechanism. The pen uses a vintage inspired acrylic that is interesting becuase of the depth of the materials and the subtle red and cracked ice portions. But the star of the show is the 18K JOWO B nib that the original owner (another member here) had ground to a nice CI by Richard Binder.
Why do i like this pen? Besides the look, the pen is super easy to clean because you can take it apart to rinse it out. Cleaning a pump filler can be a pain, but this makes life easy. The nib is stellar and goes to further highlight the quality of Binder's work. Go see him at a show if possible.
Posted 11 January 2018 - 19:04
This nib is a customized Pelikan M1005 nib. It was retipped to 1.4MM and then stubbed. Quite a change from the original F. Apparently there were issues withthe retipping so it took a lof of work to get the nib usable. It went through two nib smiths before finding a home with me.
The nib now lives in a Calssic Pens CP6 Marguerite.
What do i like about this nib? Like all M1000 nibs it is soft and wet. This one is not so wet I cannot handle it (I have had some in the past with too much flow), and of course the extra width is very enjoyable. it is a good way to use ink. What I don't like is a quirk of the retipping process that causes the nib to spray ink droplets if you move too quickly moving from right to left on a horizontal stroke. If i try i can get a pretty goos spray of fine droplets like a spray bottle. I just have to slow it down a bit and there is no issue. Maybe it would be good for takeing an exam next to someone I did not like wearing a white shirt?
Edited by zaddick, 11 January 2018 - 19:06.
Posted 06 February 2018 - 19:24
A new toy arrived recently. Attached to the simply elegant Sailor King Of Pen is the Nagahara Cross Point. This is the little brother to the King Eagle nib and the big brother to the Naginata Togi. Sometimes the middle child gets overlooked, but this nib may be more the "just right" size for this Goldilocks.
You can get a lot of different usable line variation out of the 4 tipping surfaces. For practical purposes I can write comfortably as an M/B at a high angle and then an closer to a 3B at my normal angle. Here is a sample with what the nib can do.
Of course, more of the variation is on the horizontal strokes as this is basically a jumbo architect point.
Why do I like this nib? All the line variation, the fact it is an architect point, and the consistent ink flow without creating puddles on the paper. This is a fun way to use up ink while still being usable for work notes.
Posted 07 February 2018 - 18:02
Today I have inked a pen that is unassuming on the surface with classic looks, but inside the cap hides a golden treasure. I have liked the original vintage Sheaffer Balances and when the Balance II pens came out I loved all the beautiful colors. Unfortunatley they beauty was achieved with compressed acrylic and the materials tend to develop fractures where thin like on the cap lip or the clip. I sold off all my Balance II pens before they cracked (and I hope they never do for the new owners), but i still liked the shape. I saw a plain black resin Balance II come up for sale with a customized OB nib (left foot at about a 20 degree angle). I gave it a go and have been enjoying the pen. It had been tuned for good wetness and provides enjoyable line variation it a lightweight package.
Why do I like the pen? Classic shape, a pleasurable writing experience with good variation and wetnes. Hard to beat for the price and easy to use unnoticed.
Posted 09 February 2018 - 17:30
Edited by mitto, 10 February 2018 - 00:09.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:49
Good choice! Excellent choice!