The tipped nibs are supposed to be better, but somehow i dont usually enjoy writing with them. The ubiquitous 9668 is a pretty good all around nib, but im just not a medium person. If i had to pick one it would be the 9128 because i got it from my mother and its softer than the other 9xxx nibs.
I do enjoy the untipped nibs, especially the 2442 and 2314-M. I have tried 9314 nibs and theyre not as pleasant to write with. Too rigid maybe.
If i had to pick just one? 2314-M. Sorry mom.
I like the 9128, but not for flex. I do agree that the 2314-M is nice, and the 2314 nibs are nice, with a sweet smoothness. Most of the Esterbrook nibs are so nice that it's hard to choose. Each one I use feels so nice. I have so many favorites!
The reason I use Parker 51, Montblanc 144 and Sheaffer Imperial is that those pens have become sentimental favorites from long use and personal connections. The Esterbrook nibs are great fun to use, though.
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