I'd like to try an oblique pen holder. I am assuming the Esterbrook nibs will work, Andrew??
Depends on the nib. Big, Falcon nibs won't work. You need something more like a small/regular straight nib. For obliques, the trick is getting the nib placed so that the tip is lined up approximately with the center line of the main holder. You don't want the tip extending too much beyond, so the long, big nibs don't work so well with obliques. But something like the 556, or even better, the A1 or 128 work a treat.
And just to do a little promotion, the next issue of the Pennant (the interesting journal you get when you join the Pen Collectors of America) will contain a small sidebar article by your's truly about the use of the term "Oblique" from quills to fountain pens. I also have a little bit on the origins of Oblique Pens and Penholders on my site.
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