I'm looking for a new pen since the tragic downfall of my Edison Collier. It was a fine pen but a bit limited and a bit fragile. So now I regularly use a Kaweco Sport ice blue. It works once I leveled the tines. I also ordered a Conklin All American flex nib in beautiful yellowstone but to my dismay its unusable and getting sent back. I've done everything on the default list except start carving up the feed to improve flow which literally stops and won't fill the channel to the point where there is no ink the nib at all. Vapor locked if you will.
That being said, I do enjoy flex. I enjoy playing with comic g nibs and some sumo ink, and I want my next pen to have flex. That leads me down the pilot path.....which is complicated. The best nib to modify is on the 912 fa #10, but the best flowing replacement ebonite feeds (3 channel from a well know producer) are for the pilot 743/823 fa size 15# If i wanted a wet consistent line all the time this is the feed for me. but I also at some point would like the spencerian modifications....this is best done on the 912...which has no k (known to me) up-gradable feed.
I'm in a catch 22.....I don't want railroading and drying up. I want to be able to draw or write quickly if needed or take my time and be precise with calligraphy or whatever my heart desires.
for the price i'd prefer just a standard falcon but from all the videos of it's performance i'm not impressed, honestly with any of them. The one that looked good had the 3 slit feed. Problem is...this seem to restrict me to the 743, that's not the best modification platform, because the 823 doesn't come with a FA nib option that i've found.
So how do I do this. I'd prefer a #10, can't get a feed. I can get a 743 full setup, but not great for spencerian. I can get the 912, and wait for the new feed release and HATE my expensive pen that runs dry on me even slightly, or hard starts....can't stand them.
I'm pretty sure the 743 is my only option but i thought i'd ask. my research efforts can only extend to the point of educated guessing from here. Are there any other options besides abandoning flex...which I don't really want to do. JoWo's are nice but....they don't have the character. I priced and edison flex nib...(the custom one) on a basic pen was up to about 400 bucks easy. If it costs that much i'd be afraid to use it. it would never get inked. To nice to pretty. I can feel ok drawing with an expensive pen if that's part of it's function (and nice signatures and notes for people/cards).
i'm about to give up and get an ahab and razor blaze the feed. I won't be pleasant though. Just not what I like pens for. Cheap and usable isn't the same thing and the experience of a nice pen. I like my kaweco but....i wish i was using something better. I like my edison a lot but still didn't have the line variation experience I've always wanted.
Go with the 743? I have no idea at this point. My biggest goal is to not run dry in the feed with a flex. If i could draw one big squiggly line till the cart ran dry i'd love it. lol