I just constructed a rather crude experiment to give some perspective:
- write a flexed line on a piece of paper over a kitchen scale with each pen, trying to achieve the same line width for each sample.
Wouldn't the proportional spread be more relevant, if (the flexibility of) the nib is the primary focus of the investigation and not the user's writing outcome (i.e. line width)? A nib that leaves a line 0.4mm wide with no more downward pressure than the weight of its own pen, but spreads to 1.6mm, would be more of a flex capability
then one that rests at 0.6mm but spreads to 1.8mm or 2.0mm?
- one hand grips the paper, one hand grips the pen, neither hand touches the scale
I thought of doing the same sort of experiment myself, in formulating a reply to someone else about my use of nibs and my writing technique, but I just can't do it and
write properly without resting the heel of my writing hand on something.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 15 July 2020 - 11:55.
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