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Difference Between Steel, Gold And Titanium Nibs

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#21 Tweel



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 20:53

I'll add a user opinion that I've not detected any mush or camel hair in a titanium nib.  It's fairly stiff with a little spring.  "Snap-back" doesn't make any sense unless you are trying to flex the nib.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 21:13

For those who still don't know Brian Gray's famous article "In praise of steel nibs", here's the link: http://edisonpen.com...of-steel-nibs-2 . And for those who don't have time to read it, a very brief summary: "unless you want / need flex, steel is perfect".


My own experience: in recent times, I have bought four (new) pens with gold nibs, two of which have created me serious problems. In the same period, I have bought far more than four pens with steel nibs, all of which wrote perfectly out of the box.


And personally, when writing I don't feel any difference between steel and gold (I have no flex nibs).

Edited by Timotheus, 25 April 2019 - 21:14.

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 10:16

I have read of 'noobie's clipping the 'iridium' off a gold nib and calling it a stub. But a stub has tipping left....it is just flatter, with rounded corners..........not taking it down to bare metal.

Do look nibs up in Richard Binder's site.


There are still Chinese steel nibs that are rolled tipped, like the old 2xxx Esterbrook. Esterbrook did offer a more expensive tipped 9xxx nib also. But the rolled steel nib was to be good for 1 1/2-2 years of 8 hour a day work.


 German vintage (always broke) Osmia often was just a whisper of tipping in rare earth was more expensive than gold then....and now. One does have to look a little harder with Osmia but the tipping is there. I have a OBB with just a pad of tipping in the middle.

However Pelikan or MB from that era, '50-70's are a bit thicker in their flatness than say a Geha. But with the Geha there was enough tipping.

Semi/maxi-semi-flex from that era was all factory stubs. I got some 45 of them.


I also have a  factory nail BB Stub Vac, and Snorkel (Australian), BB stub in maxi-semi-flex.....with enough tipping.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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