In the last few months I have been using mostly pens with either Jowo or Bock steel nibs. I tend to prefer M or B nibs, although I do also stretch to F and stubs.
Although F nibs are not my first choice except for fine notes, both Jowo and Bock F nibs are still enjoyable for me, as they are sufficiently smooth. I have a few Jowo 1.1 stubs, and although they are not bad either, I usually do have a preference for stubs with tipping.
All in all both these brands make enjoyably smooth steel nibs in the F to stub range, which I do like using, and have several different pens which mount these.
After a period of rotation over a few months of several different pens with Jowo/Bock steel nibs, last week I picked up a Bexley with a 14k gold nib, size M.
The Bexley is an Equipose in a rather unusual green colour (called Colorado Green).
Besides the unusual colour, the Bexley Equipose is quite a classic looking pen (with converter system).
The design is classic cap over barrel, with no step-down barrel to section (which I find so annoying due to the way I hold my pens high up).
The threads are smooth and the size of the pen is big enough to be very comfortable uncapped (I almost never post).
After a long period of use of steel nibs, what does however strike me immediately on putting this pen/nib back to paper is the different way it writes.
Ever so soft!
It's not a matter of being smooth, it's not a matter of flex either (I don't usually look for flex when writing, although I can recognize flex/semiflex nibs), it's just much more relaxed and natural in a way. I don't feel as though I have to push, while I do somewhat with steel nibs, in comparison.
This nib is no doubt lovely (14k M) and I had forgotten how much more enjoyable it is writing with it, compared to a group of various Jowo/Bock steel nibs (including some mounted on more recent Bexleys I own).
The difference is subtle, but it's there absolutely!
I'm not starting the steel vs gold topic again, I know, I do have a few gold nibs that are not so different from the a/m group of steel nibs in the way they behave...
It's probably just that this is a heck of a lovely nib!
Edited by sansenri, 16 December 2018 - 18:55.