A decade ago, many folks here did not like piston pens, claiming them back weighted for good balance.
The 800/1000 and a few vintage '50's MB's had brass works so were even more back weighted.
I was very surprised my standard sized MB 234 1/2 Deluxe had great balance....could be being thicker girthed than most of my pens helped. It was brass back weighted and therefore sat lower in my hand than the others. That didn't matter....it had the best balance by a hair.
It was #1, #2 a thin medium long Geha 725. #3 standard sized P-75, #4 medium long 400NN...........three of the four were piston pens.
Could well be I was use to piston pens.
I now realize I'd not tested my P-51 in it's a nail so I don't use it. It is front heavy with that huge collector full of ink.
I don't insist that a pen sit only in one place in my hand....if the pen is long or heavier, I do let it rest lower...........if I move my thumb up or down on the body, the pen will rest higher or lower.....but again I don't use the cramped tripod.
By Forcing a pen to be at only one place.....the pressure needed to make sure the pen only sits in one place, will take away balance because of how hard a pen has to be held to keep it at the one place.
The Death Grip kills balance.
If a pen is allowed to rest where it will; do to length, weight it will have more of a chance to have balance, than forced into a ridged position of ignoring the make of the pen, be it light, short, long, heavy.....One Place does not fit all. A pen should rest, not be forced to be exactly at this or that angle.
Then I only had 20 pens....I'd not dream of wasting so much time today, looking to see if I got 20 or 25 great top 5 balanced pens....having well over 70.... I expect flagships and top of the line to have better balance......and that is posted.
I can't help it most of the members started using Large pens to start with...mostly too big to post and real clunky when posted, so don't think post.
I can understand that, there are so very few Large pens that have great balance. The Snorkel is one....posted, not posted....it can be used...to take a note or two....not the way I'd think of using it to do any long writing with it....knowing that for me.....posted it is a superb pen.
I can't see making it a second class pen by not posting it for it's grand balance.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 28 July 2019 - 11:42.