the question has come to my mind a few times, which are your favourite steel nibs? and why?
Are there some really great steel nibs out there?
I usually prefer gold nibs due to their greater degree of springiness (with some notable exceptions especially in more modern nibs) but a few steel nibs deserve my admiration too.
The first one that comes to mind is the Pelikan M200 (or 120) steel nib.
I like the M200 nibs in almost all widths from F to B (BB should be nice too but have not managed to get one yet).
I also have an old OM that is really nice.
All of them have this special springiness that's uncommon in steel nibs and that makes me prefer them over any other steel nib.
Only the EF admittedly is not my favourite, slightly scratchy, but then again I'm not really an EF guy...still springy though.
Another pleasant recent experience with a steel nib is the B nib on my Momento Zero and Furore.
Very smooth and... slightly springy! I do like that! (some of you had some bad experience with Leonardo nibs, I have not tried the narrower nibs, but my Bs are really great.)
Faber Castell steel nibs: I like these for a different reason, in reality they are stiff, but oh, so smooth!
If I had to make a comparison with gold nibs the FC steel nibs would be the Waterman Man100/200 of gold nibs (or Dupont)
A few other good steel nibs come to my mind when I think of Stipula, Visconti, Delta. These are likely Bock nibs, made to custom design.
They all usually are very smooth, Stipula and Delta, especially in earlier pens like the Journal, sometimes showing slight springiness.
Generally speaking, Bock own branded steel nibs are good (I have several on my Ranga pens), nothing too surprising, slightly stiff, but usually very pleasant and reliable.
But are there other really great steel nibs out there that I'm not aware of?
(I know some of you will come up with those flex nibs like the zebra G nib, but those are really out of my interest/capabilities of use... I also disregard most of the Chinese nibs, some of them can be smooth, but oh, so stiff...)
Edited by sansenri, 11 February 2020 - 21:49.