Well my Cross Townsend has a 'butter smooth' steel nib. Cost a hell of a lot less than one with a gold nib.
There is a myth that gold is better than steel.....it depends on who makes the steel nib and era.
A gold nail and a steel nail are a nail......there are no 'soft' gold nail nibs.
Could be folks confuse nails with semi-nails, when talking gold being 'softer' in nail nibbed pens. A gold semi-nail if there is any if mashed tine bend or spread....semi-nails when mashed give 2X tine spread............Same with a steel semi-nail nib..........
A good steel nib is as good as a good gold nib.....accent on good and era.
I have '30-50's Osmia gold nibs that are as good as their grand steel nibs. Both great and in semi&maxi-semi-flex.
In Degussa (gold and silver maker who took over Osmia's nib factory for debt in 1932, and made nibs to the 1990's) made them and the nibs for Geha. My single spare steel nib for a 790 was then as noobie a surprise that it was equal to the gold nibs of my other 790's. Since swapped.
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,
The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.