The question is do you want that nib, or would you rather having something else for the same amount?
In the end, neither.
I saw a new Sailor Profit Black Luster with a ruthenium-plated 21K gold F nib – which is identical to the nib on my Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black – being listed for ¥22,000 (tax-inclusive), which works out to US$199. There is the option of an EF nib, but it brings the price up to ¥25,000. I was of two minds as to whether to pay the 13.6% premium, since an EF nib was (and is) not an available option for the PG-IB pen, and I have pulled the nib and feed out of the latter's section before for a thorough cleaning, so I know I could swap nibs of different width grades between those pens at will (which I'm sure would be considered as voiding warranty).
But then, I thought, the key question is whether the F nib is fine enough for my purpose, and not how to get the most flexibility out of the deal to include options of which I have no use, or to get as fine a nib as the manufacturer has to offer 'just because' I can. Inked with Diamine Deep Dark Blue, which I don't believe has the same reputation for 'taming' wet nibs and coaxing narrower lines out of them, with no trouble at all I can draw 11 – and, if I really tried, 12 – parallel horizontal lines distinctly inside a 5mm square, and that's using the nib in normal orientation, without flipping it upside down to get narrower lines (which I can do with that nib). I only need to be able to draw 9 such lines inside the em-square to write in Chinese legibly, so the F nib is already fine enough and then some. Now that I've learnt from experience that there is such a thing as too fine, I guess buying two gold Sailor EF nibs is just taking things ridiculously far, when I got by for so long just using the Sailor 1911 F and MF nibs I have; and thus the urge has dissolved.
So I pulled the trigger and bought the Sailor Profit Black Luster with the F nib instead.
Thanks asmugdill, don't worry I think I'm sorted now. Just curious why you don't seem to like the capless?
Huh? I love the Pilot Capless pens, and we have twelve in our household. All seven of mine are in the Vanishing Point line, whereas my fiancée has a mix of VP and Decimo pens.
The step in line widths between Pilot Capless F and M nibs is typically bigger than that between (say) Pilot Custom 74 F and M nibs, that's what others meant in those reviews and comments you read elsewhere. Especially if people are moving 'up' to Pilot Capless from steel-nibbed Pilot models – try comparing:
- Pilot Decimo (or Vanishing Point) F nib
- Pilot Decimo M nib
- Pilot Prera (or Metropolitan) M nib
- Pilot Prera F nib
Edited by A Smug Dill, 12 February 2019 - 16:47.