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#21 zaddick

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 23:37

In one last grasp at glory, Sheaffer made some really nuice pens in the Legacy series. But you need to hunt down series 1 or 2 because those were the last pens made in the USA where they ground the wonderful Stub that was more of a factory CI. You get an inlaid nib, an awesome writing experience, and two options of filling systems - a sort of touchdown filler or a regular C/C.They also came in lots of finishes and were not too expensive new. Do yourself a favor if you like stubs and find one.

 

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These nibs give great line variation with little effort. they are bouncy and a joy to look at. Sadly, the pens they come on are a little smaller than I like to use. Since life is short and I am trying not to appear on the show "Hoarders" (not that this thread is helping my reputation), they are all in new homes now.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 23:59

Zaddick, with the burkina and brown chip celluloid, the Italian lucite, this thread could just as well be called "material envy." Those are absolutely gorgeous, wild and crazy pens.


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 00:02

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 00:11

They are all great David. Fancy ain't a prerequisite for happiness! I also have an FC music and it is a great value. Thanks for the photos!

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 00:20

A picture of my Delta Roma Imperial stock stub. Found it in the photo file on the way to something else.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:09

Inked this 52 this early am..............

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:41

 

I'm presuming the second from the left in the second picture is the Osmiroid shadow nib?  That's a new one on me.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:03

 

I'm presuming the second from the left in the second picture is the Osmiroid shadow nib?  That's a new one on me.

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You are correct. Osmiroid has been, of course, defunct for decades. The only one currently making shadow nibs, AFAIK, is Kaweco. I have not seen the Kaweco shadow nib for sale in the USA. I have found it in Spain and in the UK. It gives a similar effect to taping two pencils, pieces of chalk or ballpoint pens together. The Kaweco nib comes in just one width. The Osmiroid shadow nibs came in at least three widths. You will note that, unlike taping two pencils together, shadow nibs make two lines of differing widths. 

 

FYI, here's a note I sent my DIL after i first got a shadow nib:

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 05:23

Here is a lovely Elysee Edition 90 pen with a broad nib. A beautiful pen deserves a smooth broad nib with fantastic ink flow!

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This wonderful nib is always a quick starter with just the right amount of ink -- never too wet and never dry. An absolute pleasure with which to write! : )

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:03

 

You are correct. Osmiroid has been, of course, defunct for decades. The only one currently making shadow nibs, AFAIK, is Kaweco. I have not seen the Kaweco shadow nib for sale in the USA. I have found it in Spain and in the UK. It gives a similar effect to taping two pencils, pieces of chalk or ballpoint pens together. The Kaweco nib comes in just one width. The Osmiroid shadow nibs came in at least three widths. You will note that, unlike taping two pencils together, shadow nibs make two lines of differing widths. 

 

FYI, here's a note I sent my DIL after i first got a shadow nib:

 

 

David

 

I have a shadow nib from Kaweco that'll fit in most of their Sports pens - I'll try and find it (it doesn't get much use!) and give it a run some time, for anyone who's interested.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:56

@ zaddick : Thank you zaddick for starting this thread. Awesome nibs , awesome pics .. al.

 

Still yet may I dare ?  :o  

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:00

I really like broad nibs. My minimum line width of preference is European broad. I have tried 2B and 3B nibs before and none of them ever really wrote all that great, so I have a hard time convincing myself purchasing a good 2B/3B nib. Do any of you have a 3B nib that actually writes perfectly? By perfectly I mean no skipping, no hard starts, no flow issues. Just a perfect writer.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:35

Awesome nib pankaj. Looks like a fun way to use ink and add some smiles to your day!

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:45

I really like broad nibs. My minimum line width of preference is European broad. I have tried 2B and 3B nibs before and none of them ever really wrote all that great, so I have a hard time convincing myself purchasing a good 2B/3B nib. Do any of you have a 3B nib that actually writes perfectly? By perfectly I mean no skipping, no hard starts, no flow issues. Just a perfect writer.


"Perfect" is one of the personal terms that us hard for others to quantify. Also, most makers now really don't make 3B nibs. You tend to get stubs after BB. Do you like stubs or are you looking for a ball tip? What size and style pen do you like?

For example, Greg Minuskin will make you a monster 1.8mm ball tip for a parker 51 that will put down a wet line with no issues. The is also the kugel nib from Montblanc you can get on the 145 size pens.

If you want a stub, I hear Lamy work well, Jowo offers nice 1.1 and 1.5 width tips and, of course, I like MB BB nibs.

A few more parameters would help us give you more guidance.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:49

MB 149 re-tipped by Goldnibs of Spain. Don't know how many B's but Gold says BBB. I understand Goldnibs stopped nib job soon after. I was a regular and may be I'm one of the sunset customers !

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:59

If you ever get tired of that MB #9 retip, please do look me up! :)

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:00

Oh, this is an amazing thread! Thank you for starting it, Zaddick.

Here is one of mine

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Brahms, with OBB.

I don't have a writing sample, since I'm traveling and it is at home (inked).
I love it because it is very wet and, thus, great for playing with inks that have lots of sheen (although, being so wet, line variation is a bit tricky).

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:02

"Perfect" is one of the personal terms that us hard for others to quantify. Also, most makers now really don't make 3B nibs. You tend to get stubs after BB. Do you like stubs or are you looking for a ball tip? What size and style pen do you like?

For example, Greg Minuskin will make you a monster 1.8mm ball tip for a parker 51 that will put down a wet line with no issues. The is also the kugel nib from Montblanc you can get on the 145 size pens.

If you want a stub, I hear Lamy work well, Jowo offers nice 1.1 and 1.5 width tips and, of course, I like MB BB nibs.

A few more parameters would help us give you more guidance.

 

I'm entertaining the idea of purchasing a MB 149 OBB and swap it for factory OBBB. La Couronne du Comte states that after purchase, factory OBBB nibs are available for swap by MB.

 

By perfect I really do mean no hard starts, no skipping, no ink flow issues. A fountain pen must write the moment it touches the paper with no additional pressure. That is a perfect writer for me. Is this possible with such a huge tipping point? Every huge nib I've tried so far had start-up issues or skipping issues.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:41

1.5 Lamy.....OBB Osmias two.

4-5 OB's or Bs from the vintage era.

 

A modern B MB =BB in vintage. Have a Woolf....I made a mistake...two. I did not take my own good paper when buying my MB. On the shops paper the M looked B enough. At home on better paper it was a M...like on the sticker. :wallbash: :gaah:

Second mistake was not telling MB I wanted thin B or middle of tolerance B. So I got a modern fat B on the edge of BB....modern BB at that.

 

I prefer the vintage 1/2 a width narrower B's or BB's

To me a B/OB should be a writing nib.....not a modern fat signature nib.

 

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My Manuscript BBBB is too wide to write with, only good for headings.


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