First, what do you want the nib to do....do you want a nail, like most modern pens. or even the P-51...do you want a semi-nail like a P-75 or a modern Pelikan 400/600.
Regular flex like the Pelikan 200s?
The stubbed semi-flex like the vintage German '50-60's nibs...or an oblique of that era....I don't recommend any other era for obliques for right handers.
Do you want a superflex.
Do you want to make the nib or buy a stub or Cursive italic.
Do you want the pen to have balance...medium-small, standard and medium-large pens have that posted.***
....out side the Large Snorkel....few Large pens do......do you want a fat pen? Many Large pens are fairly fat, and clunky.
*** If for religious reasons you refuse to post your pen....don't waste any money on a good balanced pen, that is smaller than Large or huge like the 1000 or 149.
They will be too small for you.....in spite they are longer posted than an unposted Large pen....how odd.
What is cheap?...well I use to buy 'cheap' used pens for E19 that slowly slid up to E30.....then come a day when I spent E50.
This was my first E70 pen. A no name with real sharp chasing.
Then comes the first E/$100 pen, for me a Pelikan 605 on sale for E-99.
Now I flinch at E150....used of course............
My wife bought me a MB Woolf.
On sale from E750 down to E450......had I never touched the pen, I could sell it today for the same as new....NOS....new old stock....But I buy a pen to use.
Butter smooth....real pretty.......
I forgot the small print. I wasn't able to afford a cheap used pen, any ink nor paper for some 9 months.....small print.....'our bank account'.....
I seldom waste money on modern pens, in they don't have the nibs I want.
I did get a new Pelikan Brown Marbled for @ E-80.....that price is debatable as middle or low.....in many think middle priced pens start at $100.
I bought it because it's pretty. I could have gotten the nib I wanted....an EF for @E27....and put it in any number of old Pelikans I have...including that 'new' 605...or a Pelikan Amethyst or a 215, a metal barreled ''200''. The nibs are of the same class, regular flex....not the semi-nail 605.
I expect a better nib.....better material....and some good looks....even though I will buy a good 'cheap' vintage pen.....with common looks
In the '50's the Torpedo Shape was very much IN. The Pelikan 120/140, MB 146/9, Swan and the Geha 790/760. A real great nib on the standard sized 790 and the Best Buy for semi-flex. The 760 runs some 30% more, and is medium small that like the 140 posts long as a standard posted pen, due to a longer cap.
The basic 790 is sort of Plain Jane.....I Chase the Nib first. Well balanced pen.
Quite a good nib, I have three 790s and one 760...which has gray stripes, instead of green like Pelikan.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 06 March 2018 - 19:34.