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Posted 15 March 2018 - 16:18
Thank you for the above mention of a Zoom nib.
It's the first time that I've ever encountered the term.
Because of your post, I've added another nib variety to my mental set of nib possibilities.
First of all I would like to thank you for all the wonderful photos you have posted on this & other threads.
Tom, if you want to try out Zoom style nibs, I'd suggest you try them out first on Sailor's 14C versions, as can be found on the Sailor 1911M or the Pro-Gear Slim pens. These Sailors are well made, mid-range pens, though not quite in the same class of instruments as you usually photograph. If you do not find a Zoom to your liking, there is then little lost.
In my experience, the Zoom nib turned out to be not to my liking. I struggled for weeks to make the nib work for me. This nib just did not seem to suit my Western cursive script. I heard from other users that the Zoom is designed primarily for writing kanji.
One advantage of this unusual nib is that it has tons of tipping material available for customization. I asked Mr. Masuyama to turn my Zoom into a 0.8 mm. cursive italic. What a difference!