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What Is Everyone's Favourite Nib Size?

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#1 Sal the List Maker

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:41

I thought I liked the B or at least the M, then as I grow cough cough older I seem to prefer the EF. However, lately I find Lamy EF is sometimes scratchy, and since the EF doesn't show much shading I feel F is the way to go! I honestly feel like swapping all my nibs to an F right now if not for the fact that when I write in birthday cards and such my handwriting is much bigger and an M would look much nicer & show off the ink way better.

So yeah my favourites would be the F for everyday writing and note making, and M for greeting cards & gift tags.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 06:15

BB

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:41

B B)



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 12:16

EF and Stub.
Stub are what you'd expect out of a fountain pen: turns your chicken scratches into somewhat nice script (IME)

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 13:41

EF and Stub.
Stub are what you'd expect out of a fountain pen: turns your chicken scratches into somewhat nice script (IME)

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 16:58

EF.  Though I am starting to get a taste for wider nibs (at the B end of the spectrum).  Ask me again in a year.

 

I do see your point re the F showing more variation than the EF, and I have been reaching for Fs more often lately.



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 17:38

Fine to extra fine for me.


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 18:03

Most of my 27 (ish) pens are european F, I really appreciate my three EF Studio as they make Ama Iro, Kon Peki and Ajisai look really nice, consistently.

 

My other F Studio and a Pelikan F are laying fat lines, thicker than other F nibs, it's making me think I wouldn't like anything broader.


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 18:25

B, BB, Stub and Flex



#10 Sal the List Maker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:38

EF and Stub.
Stub are what you'd expect out of a fountain pen: turns your chicken scratches into somewhat nice script (IME)


LOL

I find FPs make my handwriting nicer no matter what size the nib! But of course the F makes it nicest (IMHO of my own handwriting)

#11 Sal the List Maker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:41

EF.  Though I am starting to get a taste for wider nibs (at the B end of the spectrum).  Ask me again in a year.
 
I do see your point re the F showing more variation than the EF, and I have been reaching for Fs more often lately.


I did use to love broad nibs, but another observation I found with broad nibs is that they tend to make my handwriting more manly, less feminine.

And yes I'd be curious to see if your tastes in nib sizes (or my own) would change in a year. I'll watch this topic for sure!

Edited by Sal the List Maker, 16 April 2019 - 02:44.


#12 Sal the List Maker

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:49

Most of my 27 (ish) pens are european F, I really appreciate my three EF Studio as they make Ama Iro, Kon Peki and Ajisai look really nice, consistently.
 
My other F Studio and a Pelikan F are laying fat lines, thicker than other F nibs, it's making me think I wouldn't like anything broader.


Japanese F is too thin for me - I think if I wrote Far Eastern scripts like Japanese/Chinese characters or Korean Hangul I'd like it, but for now the European F is good enough for me.

(Hijacking my own topic but I'm intrigued by your profile pic - such a cool nib. What is it?)

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:45

I'm still deciding what I like best. I love the broad for how nice the ink looks, but the medium and lefthanded nibs are good for long writing sessions. To make a long story short, I have no clue as of yet! 



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:21

I'm still deciding what I like best. I love the broad for how nice the ink looks, but the medium and lefthanded nibs are good for long writing sessions. To make a long story short, I have no clue as of yet!


Ahahah. Let us know when you do!

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:03

Japanese EF or F for note-taking (sometimes a Soft-Fine)

Broad Stub and Broad Architect for letters

Flex for having fun and not being productive :)



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 16:19

Japanese F is too thin for me - I think if I wrote Far Eastern scripts like Japanese/Chinese characters or Korean Hangul I'd like it, but for now the European F is good enough for me.

(Hijacking my own topic but I'm intrigued by your profile pic - such a cool nib. What is it?)

 

I don't have a japanese F but do have an EF on a Pilot Penmanship... It's barely legible!

 

The nib on my profile is from a Waterman Lauréat, which I eventually managed to recycle with an unbranded pen since the original insisted on discharging all its ink onto the cap... The gold has long faded, it has some sort of debris, but it's smooth.

 

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#17 Sal the List Maker

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 03:44

I don't have a japanese F but do have an EF on a Pilot Penmanship... It's barely legible!
 
The nib on my profile is from a Waterman Lauréat, which I eventually managed to recycle with an unbranded pen since the original insisted on discharging all its ink onto the cap... The gold has long faded, it has some sort of debris, but it's smooth.
 
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Oh I'd thought the nib was decorated with sakura flowers, like lacquered on or something. I didn't realise it's only faded gold! Cool.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:46

Lamy-wise, I’ve only used the steel Safari type nibs—every kind of shape and color. I only like the stubs/italics, especially the 1.5mm one. Otherwise I dislike the super nail round tipped ones and wish for some deals on the gold nibs. I might have to downsize to one-two Lamy pens soon otherwise.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:07

1.5 mm cursive italic.



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 12:06

Hi Sal,

I guess I'm still a kid at heart... I still prefer Mediums and Broads... and I don't mean psychics or women of ill-repute. :rolleyes:

Be well. :)


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