Thank you for sharing your experience I just reviewed the Mauritian site and I saw some waterman ebonite wet noodle and a super flex and they look quite interesting.I also noticed that the prices with it are somewhat higher than in other places and I imagine that it is due to what you told me in your comment that the feeder and the nib is perfectly adjusted,In your opinion, if they are worth the ones that person sells?Do you notice a big difference in their performance?
And which of your two feathers do you enjoy the wet noodle or the super flex for your daily writing?
I don't know.
Superflex nibs are not as cut and dried as my system shows.....my system is only good for noobies, or those with very few superflex pens.
Mauricio and I did a bit of nib horse trading, so I never looked up what he would have charged, for two medium quality 52 wet noodles. I was more interested in the nib than the looks of the pen..............from the pictures he has some top of the line pens.....for pretty.
He is not cheap..........you have to depend on his knowledge to how much and how easy the nib flexes.
I wouldn't dream of taking apart those two pens.....
It could well be the better one has or is attempting to master Spencerian, the more one can tell how perfect the nib is......................but there is so much flex variance in superflex.(And one wants to strive to stay one width under max because of metal fatigue.)
Those who can write are more interested in fast snapback than how wide they can draw a letter.
I lucked out when I took my wet noodle Soennecken nib off and put it back on my Frankie Soennecken. I being 'noobie'...had a thought of putting it on a 'better' pen.... Nope....so back it went.
The nib and feed are Soennecken, the cap could be from a Soennecken school pen, in it is missing the circle in the final, but the cap ring looks somewhat like some of the Soennecken cap rings. The body has no markings.
I was pretty 'noobie' when I got that pen...........got it cheap in it was a Frankie. It is my best wet noodle.......and defiantly now that I know better, I'm not going to go looking for perfection by taking it apart many, many times...
....If I hit the lottery, I would send it to Mauricio to see if he can fiddle it to being better.
You have great handwriting. So the jump to drawing letters to do Spencerian or Copperplate will not be to hard.
Mauricio's experience not only of setting up a nib, but that the nib does what it's supposed to do. I have one 7 X wet noodle from him..........it is a tad strange, it starts out in the flex journey as Easy Full Flex, then half way it switches into Wet Noodle. It is a 7 X nib.........from EEF to BBB.
The other is a smoother in it's transition, but is a 6 X.
I do have other superflex nibs, that I lucked into. Easy Full Flex +, or Wet Noodle minus......one time I'll say yes, a wet noodle, the next time....not quite.
They are all superflex. I can have fun with a 5-6 X Easy Full Flex....the Wet Noodle is a bit easier....but I'm not a good writer.....I don't practice.............I basically scribble to an F with them, in I have to sweat to make the nib write EEF, think to make it write EF.
Mauricio don't care for my flex system when it gets to superflex............which I've said for the longest time is more a guide for superflex 'noobies', in the more superflex pens one has, there is a lot and can only be a blurring of any definition borders I set.
Superflex outside of the Ahab, has to do with ease of tine spread and amount. (One can do the Ahab/Pilot mod to the Ahab nib and make it a nice Easy Full Flex.........save a hell of a lot of money. It is a fun nib..........I was disappointed in the semi-flex superflex Ahab nib...so the pen stayed in the cigar humidor. A nice poster added that Ahab Mod to it for me, and it stayed out in the pen cup for a year.
My flex rating system is based off you having a regular flex nibbed pen...Japanese Soft, if you don't have a Vintage US pen with that flex or a Pelikan 200 or 120 or '82-97 400....or Geha piston School pen.
Superflex goes from 4X to mostly 5-6 X to the rare 7X....outside of the now sprung nibs on Youtube and writing examples of just sprung nibs............lots of sprung nibs for sale.
There is a good poster who thinks a wet noodle has slow snapback...
Fast snapback is what the writers over in the penmanship sub sections want.............in stead of wide fat lines.
My superflex wet noodles seem to be pretty quick.....but I'm not a real writer.....just a scribbler.
So if you are buying a superflexed nib from Mauricio, you have to inform him you want fast snapback in a priority. How wide do you want your nib to flex.................7 X is rare....well working 7 X is. Will a nice smooth 5 X wet noodle do............or can you get by with a 5 X Easy Full Flex. I do have a post war Pelikan 100n in that.
I do strive to keep it at 4X as a max, in I have read Richard Binder's article on metal fatigue. I get aq nice fancy line, and if I want to hit 5 X, then I pick which letter to do so.....but don't do that often in a paragraph. If I knew what I was doing I could show the nib can do more than what I'm asking for it, and you'd know it.........................but all I do is scribble.
When it gets into superflex..........Easy Full Flex flexes at 1/8th the pressure needed to mash a regular flex to it's max of 3 X a light down stroke. Wet Noodle at 1/16.
Weak Kneed Wet Noodles....a term invented by the English nib grinder John Sowobada (sp)...I have run into it............don't want...would really require I learn to write. A '20's MB Safety Pen had such a nib.
Dip pens can have much better, nibs than wet noodles. I've dip pen nibs that make Wet Noodles look Uncooked.