Interesting... so you didn't actually like either of the pens/nibs I'm thinking about getting?
I have, or at least had bought and owned:
- a Pilot Custom 74 with #5 SF nib;
- a Pilot Custom Heritage 91 with #5 SFM nib;
a Pilot Custom Heritage 912 with #10 FA nib;
- a Namiki Falcon with SF nib; and
- two (or three, if you count the one I bought my fiancée) Platinum #3776 Century pens with SF nibs.
The one(s) I 'like' the most is the Platinum #3776 SF nib, followed by the the Pilot #5 SFM nib, and then closely after that, the Namiki Falcon SF nib. I haven't tried the Namiki Falcon (or Pilot Elabo) SE
F nib, but it's on my watchlist, although not a high priority for me to acquire and try out.
My normal handwriting is 'small' compared to a lot of other people's writing samples posted on FPN, especially when I write in Chinese; I try to fit each (traditional) hanzi
inside a 5mm square, irrespective of its complexity. Using a 'hard' gold Fine nib actually works very well for me in terms of producing the right shapes for kaishu
, and some steel nibs are OK too.
I've never thought of trying to accomplish the traditional brush stroke shapes with anything other than a brush (or brush pen), but now I'm curious if you have something that does do all of that?
No, I don't, but I enjoy using my 21K gold Naginata Concord nib
(on a boring black Sailor 1911 Large) in upside-down orientation (i.e. slit facing the paper surface, and the 'bird beak' pointing towards the top edge of the page) when I'm trying to write kaishu
any larger. The point of the 'bird beak' isn't that fine, so it's a little bit of a struggle sometimes to write Chinese characters inside 5mm square with it, although it's possible to do. What that nib won't do is give you the sort of hairline-swell-hairline-swell-hairline line width variation within a continuous stroke for cursive English writing.
I also have a Naginata Concord Emperor nib, still sitting unused fitted on a Sailor pen that has remained factory-sealed in a plastic sleeve for the past six months since I acquired it.
I don't actually know if I'd fare better with the fine-tipped Kuretake brush pen (which takes a converter as an internal ink reservoir) I bought my fiancée when writing small. She hasn't inked it up yet and so I haven't tried it for myself.
My bet would be it's something vintage and thus not as easy to instantly replace, but I gotta know what kind of fountain pen can masquerade as a brush!
The Naginata Concord nibs are not easy to get, but not irreplaceable either, even though their creator has passed away a few years ago, and newly manufactured stock of such nibs have gone up in price (officially, per Sailor's MSRP) by a double recently.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 27 January 2019 - 10:06.
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