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#41 Stompie

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 12:08

I just ordered a Jinhao X450 with a Zebra G nib. Cost all of £12 including postage :-)



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 13:51

So, it arrived today 

 

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#43 TruthPil

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 14:08

Nice writing!

How does such a heavy pen feel for such intricate writing?

I have small hands, so the X750 gives me cramps when I have a long writing session and need to write quickly.

I'm wondering if the extra size and weight may help control the pen for flex writing.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 14:52

Compared to a Parsons pen this is light! I don't think it is heavy at all. 

For long writing sessions, especially if writing quickly I would rather use a standard pen with a standard nib. This sort of pen may just complicate things. Having said that, Jake Weidmann seems to have done okay when he was taking notes at lectures!  :-) but then again, he is a special sort of fella eh!

 

The nib on this does just glide along, which is what I have found with most Chinese pens. 
I know that my Manuscript italic pens are very light, in case you want to try one of those? Also, very low in price, which is always good!



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Posted 19 July 2018 - 22:54

Just an update on my search for the "perfect" flex nib pen. After much patience and obsessively frequent checking of Minuskin's site, I was able to snag an excellent condition Waterman 52V with a factory needlepoint flex nib. I took her for a spin today and...WOW...as long as this pen works I don't need anymore flex nibs. It truly is a wet noodle that will go from 0.3 to 2mm with only slight effort and the snapback is fantastic! :happycloud9: 

 

The vintage wet noodle flex may be allusive most of the time, but it does exist for those patient enough and willing to pay over $200 for a 100-year-old pen, well over $300 if it's from anyone other than Minuskin.


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 07:39

Congratulations! My advice would go into the opposite direction, though: Do not seek a known brand necessarily, not even a gold nib, but watch out for a decent no-name pen with a flexy nib. These can be had for much less, 20-50€ sometimes.


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 16:35

Congratulations! My advice would go into the opposite direction, though: Do not seek a known brand necessarily, not even a gold nib, but watch out for a decent no-name pen with a flexy nib. These can be had for much less, 20-50€ sometimes.

 

I agree...there are some amazing no-name European pens from the 30-50s out there.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 17:31

Congratulations! My advice would go into the opposite direction, though: Do not seek a known brand necessarily, not even a gold nib, but watch out for a decent no-name pen with a flexy nib. These can be had for much less, 20-50€ sometimes.

 

Interesting Julie. What sites do you watch?



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 21:14

Forums like this one. In my case it is mostly the German Forum PenExchange. Or pen shows. I also bought some pens at penboard.de.


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