Pablo hit another one out of the stadium.
His basic stuff is really, really reasonably priced (something like $6 to customize a standard nib into an architect if you buy the nib from him) but this is approaching the absolute limits of what you can ask a nibmeister to do. Starting with a JoWo 14k Semiflex nib, he pulled the shoulders back so far that this thing is the softest, most delicate nib I've ever used. This thing is the wettest of the wet noodles, even the most minute writing pressure will change the line width. I love it.
He also brought it down to a 0.3 (think slightly finer platinum preppy EF) needlepoint XXF and added a keyhole breather for even more flex.
Resulting nib is nothing less than a work of art. The craftsmanship is astounding, after he tuned the feed it lays down rivers of ink and rarely railroads. It's a bit sensitive to rotation, but I knew going in that this was a pen that I had to learn to use.
His usual two day turnaround time was longer with this pen because he kept it and wrote with it for about a week while he tuned it, and the results show. Nothing in my collection writes this nice (except for maybe the semiflex F he made for me, but that pen was stolen)
Anyone who argues that we can't get a real modern wet noodle anymore is just wrong. You have to pay for it, but this thing will go to a BB-BBB without complaint, has excellent snapback, and this is softer than any of my "real" wet noodle vintage nibs. My waterman 52 Ideal noodles are almost semiflex by comparison to this in terms of softness.
The only downside is that this thing devours ink. Playing with it yesterday used almost half of a complete fill. But the VAC20A ink well makes the VAC700R a perfect home for this ink.
The VAC700R is just a glorious pen. It's like the baby brother to the Conid bulkfiller. With the new piston seal, no more ink starvation issues, the ability to shut off ink makes it a great traveling pen, a custom inkwell designed just for it (kind of ugly but very functional) and an overall just great, durable design. I love how it feels in the hand, the cap posts (though you do have to shift your grip back to the threads as it's immensely long)
My only gripes with the VAC700R are that I like the look of the tail cap, but don't like the function, as it kind of makes it hard to slide into a pocket, but I like torpedo shapes, so take that complaint with a grain of salt. And the clip is a bit too firm, though not the worst.
My biggest complaint with the pen (and any TWSBI) is TWSBI's USA customer service rep, who's made every interaction I've had with him hellish.
And on to my little easter egg, the architect nib. I asked Pablo to grind the F nib into something fun, a 45 degree architect. I misjudged my angle (which is very average) by about 5 degrees (I have a very typical writing angle, and 50 degrees would have been the money angle,) so I have to write with the pen a LITTLE lower than usual for the cleanest line, but this nib is a ton of fun, with XXF downstrokes and M-B cross. This is a very sharp nib, too, like a sideways crisp italic, and I think it makes my cursive look stupid, but printing is REALLY fun. I recommend getting an extra nib unit for this pen if you plan on having pablo make you an exquisite flex nib and custom feed, because you really don't want to be messing with that regularly, especially when the whole section just unscrews from the pen and nib units purchased for the pen come with a whole section. I'll likely leave the flex nib at home when I travel with this pen and bring the architect, which is just dry enough to be a great daily writer on things like checks and receipts.
I can't recommend FPnibs in Spain highly enough. Just stellar customer service and, for the price, he can't be beat. I don't know of a nibmeister anywhere in the USA that will sell you a nib AND customize it like this for under $300, and not only that, I got a whole VAC700R, customized feed, and architect nib on top of it!
My handwriting is still quite shaky with this pen as it's psychotically soft, so I'm still learning to use it properly. But boy is it fun.
If I remember I'll try to upload a video showing just how soft this is in comparison to a waterman ideal #2 wet noodle.