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Deciding On Whether To Get A Medium Nib Or Fine Nib On A Waterman Hemisphere?

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#1 bananaluck


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Posted 23 July 2020 - 03:21

Hi! So I have some gradual experience with fountain pens from the last time I wrote on this website. My favorite fountain pens that I have found to be a very smooth writing experience for me are  the Pilot pens. I especially love the Prera and I hope that Pilot makes more of the solid-color body ones cause they are my favorite. Anyway, those pens are the ones that really work with me. I tend to use a medium nib on the Pilot fountain pens. Now I know a Japanese medium=western fine. However, I find that Western fine can be too scratchy and that Western mediums can be too broad. I want to find a fountain pen that has the same line consistency as the Pilot mediums found in the Preras, Cavaliers, and the Metropolitans that I use. Even my one Kaweco Sport that is medium is an ideal line for me. 



So I've been looking at Watermans because I just got a rollerball from them and absolutely loved it, but I wanted to try out their fountain pens since I heard that they are of good quality. However, I'm driving myself mad about the nib and which one I should get. Maybe I'm just overthinking things, but I don't want to get a medium with it being broad and me smearing it because I drag my pen across the paper. However, on the other hand, I don't want to get a fine in case it's too scratchy and the line isn't what I want. 


Please help me!!! I want to be part of the Waterman gang :)


Also, was wondering if the Waterman, specifically the Havana Brown is fast drying or if Waterman inks are fast-drying inks in general. The Pilot inks are wonderful for me, for it never smears even if I brush my hand over it. However, Kawecos aren't really fast-drying inks which I am very surprised about. I thought they were, so I'm wondering if Waterman is fast-drying. I hope it is in my favor!


thanks again for the help! looking forward to your responses! 

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 05:21

I would definitely go with the Fine.  Waterman Mediums are pretty broad.

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 05:56

Waterman inks are not very fast drying but then again the more you put down the longer it takes. You might find the fine dries quicker.


Watermans offer a 'free' nib (section) exchange. Buy the fine and if you find it is not too your liking send it to them for a change out to medium. I say 'free' because you have to suffer the cost of insured shipping to them. They cover the return cost to you.

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 06:49

Fine nib

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 17:19

I would definitely go with the Fine.  Waterman Mediums are pretty broad.

Thank you, I think I will go with the Fine! 

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 22:30

I have a black stainless Lamy nib with "f" on the nib. That said, it performs as a medium when compared to the  51's and Sheaffer. 

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Posted 24 July 2020 - 02:01

Agreed the Waterman nibs can be a bit wide.


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Posted 24 July 2020 - 11:25

Go for Fine nib.

As for ink my experience with waterman serenity blue has been good. The dry time on this one is fast enough, but then I do use absorbent papers. From what I know the brown is also same type so should be fast as well. I would also say that when with Fine nibs on the issue of dry time becomes much less of issue and should not really affect writing.

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