Posted 15 March 2018 - 00:44
Yes, I suspect it is the same nib. It would be interesting to find out if other people who purchased the "Aleph" nib have the same experience as you have had.
As you can see in the posted writing sample, I have used my Duraflex for a while now and have had no difficulties. At least none so far. Time and usage will show if your experience has been duplicated by others.
I own the Marlen "Aleph" nib in the Limted Edition pen made for Pentrace (I believe I posted about this in the thread already). It is a nice and interesting in design but underwhelming if you have had *any* experience with a good flex (i.e. vintage) nib. I was never a fan of any of the Noodlers style nibs and this is only a marginal step up from those. The biggest issue is that it requires effort and pressure to cause the flex, so the writing is rarely natural and at ease. OTOH, if one simply viewed it as a "soft" nib that is very useable for standard writing with just the occasional addtiion of character to a word or line, it makes a nice addition to a collection. This is how I use the pen when I use it.
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