My old standard for fountain pen calligraphy, a c.-1970s Osmiroid 75 has definitively given up the ghost with a crack to the plastic to the chintzy ink viewing area, and even with silicone gel, it is still globbing ink. I have read that Esterbrooks can take the old screw-in nibs assemblies from Osmiroid, and I'd like to acquire one to become my standard workhorse pen for calligraphy. I have large fingers and prefer fatter pens generally, so, even though I know Esterbrooks are thinner than many modern pens, I believe I have read that the Esterbrook J is the broadest, or are they all the same width nearby the nib where the pen is held?
I have seen Esterbrook Js on Ebay, but I am not looking for a fancy flex nib and have no means of knowing whether a surface scratch on a non-returnable area will be in a place that irritates my sweaty fingers while doing calligraphy; I am just looking for something of durable celluloid with a good ink sac, to be used daily for years (I work on editing Latin texts and often use calligraphy pens to help me "draw what I see" to interpret garbled/overwritten/damaged areas in manuscripts) preferably not much thinner than the Osmiroid 75, and which will take my Osmiroid calligraphy nibs. Is anyone willing to help out?
Edited by Cyriacus, 08 May 2018 - 16:34.