Preference for scratchiness is not necessarily a sign of sophistication.??????
Gee no ten penny nail in the wall to put my Top Hat on.
Good and smooth is not scratchy nor toothy.............and Jar does like butter smooth, and he's no noobie.....If you have been here for ten years you have read a thousand or two posts of how to make a nib butter smooth from noobies.
.Some is a word I used, come back tired of butter smooth and want to know how to rough up a nib so it's nice to write with.
If you still feel noobie after ten years is not my problem.
You don't get butter smooth in vintage nibs pre '70, not even NOS......good and smooth is what I got on my three or four NOS pens................which is quite good enough for me.......I don't skate and slide on slick paper..................one should have a few of those papers just to know what other folks are talking about.. Didn't notice butter smooth on my NOS or any other semi-vintage pens...up to say '97.
Butter Smooth seems to be a modern affliction caused by poor paper. Having tried a gel and hybred cartridge ball point, can see if someone comes over from ball points, and hears how smooth a fountain pen is....why he'd search for butter smooth to beat a gel/hybrid pen for smooth. (In Germany we are often 10 years behind the US....just lately our free ball points have gel or hybrid cartridges.)
Many noobies are into buying new pens....I was, instead of upgrading their paper.....and modern cheap nibs might well need to match a good paper and wet ink....to be smoother.
But upgrading paper is a last resort........instead of the first.
I do have a few butter smooth nibs if using good paper, I seldom reach for them, & one toothy (where it is I have no idea....but I have one) ....in one does need to have one nib to know what is what. Toothy is like writing with a pencil......not 'scratchy'.
Scratchy is caused by misaligned nibs or chipped nib tipping..............holding a fountain pen high before the big index finger can cause scratchy......could be my grip has a bit of sophistication.
I do know what drag of 'iridium rust' of old pens is....but as I said, good and smooth, with a touch of paper feel is good enough for me.....(so a touch of micro-mesh does the minimum removal, instead of taking hours to look in a mirror) ..............I seldom buy new pens....if so, more 200's which are more semi-vintage in nib, than new and over polished slide off of slick paper Pelikan nibs.
I do like slick paper.....like lots of papers. I think I have some 40 different papers....use to have more. Some folks are nice at sending nice paper around the world. So I need not just use 'slick' papers, I have lots a bit under slick.
Butter Smooth is real good in 100-50% cotton paper. Don't waste shading ink on them, they swallow shading.
If one works at it one could stay in butter smooth nails, poor paper and hummm would have to think long and hard to figure out an ink for such a set up.
I do have a full spectrum of nibs from vintage to modern....mostly don't use nail, semi-nail........mostly use regular flex, semi-flex, maxi-semi-flex, some superflex, first stage Easy Full Flex more than Wet noodle (just scribble, nothing fancy)............ah, don't have a Weak Kneed Wet Noodle nor do I want one.
Not even one or two toothy nibs are scratchy (just toothy like writing with a pencil)...much less the others.........if using a wet ink, the paper feel will be less.........as will the shading. A dry ink will give more paper feel, and often shades.
I don't go out of my way looking for one of my butter smooth nibs...........most of mine outside the toothy one or two, are good and smooth........My butter smooth Townsend....is under the bed, it's a nail. My 605 was stubbed to a butter smooth stub....in B. As a stub it's not bad at all butter smooth.
I don't throw Holy Water on butter smooth nibs....I just keep it handy.
Yep, paper will make a huge difference..........my vintage late '30-40's BCHR Osmia mdl 76 Supra nibbed EF....a maxi-semi-flex nib.....is very close to butter smooth on Rhodia 90g.I was rather surprised at how smooth it was. On common copy paper I can hear and feel the paper.
....ah yes, the Golden Age of Paper died un-noticed some time in the '80's. With good to better paper one don't need butter smooth at all costs.........good paper makes most nibs write smoother............but using cheap paper one does need butter smooth to cut through the drag of the cheap paper.
Did mention didn't I, of how a butter smooth nib slides lifeless around on slick paper?
Nope not going to give up slick paper.