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Moleskine Review of my new Custom Ground Lamy Cursive Italic Nib


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#1 biffybeans

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 16:32

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A while back, I bought a Safari off of Ebay (new) that had a scratchy, fine nib that was almost as thick as my medium Safari, so it never really got used. I ended up replacing the nib with a 1.1 stub and later realized that I could have the scratchy fine ground into something else. Sam at Pendemonium said that they could grind the fine nib into a Cursive Italic and that it would come out in the .05-,07 range. I sent the nib off to them for grinding, along with a check for $17. ($15 for the grind and $2 for return postage of the nib. I had it back in just a few DAYS.

It's as gloriously smooth as my other Lamy nibs and even smoother than the 1.1 stub. I am VERY happy with the service and end result and would recommend it to anyone that's not ready to splurge on a custom nib from Mr. Binder. (I do not yet own a Binder nib so I cannot compare.)

I find this size cursive italic much more suitable to my writing style than the 1.1 stub. I can write at full speed with it and it is not catching the paper at all.

Waterman Blue-Black ink.

Lamy 1.1 stub for comparison. Not as rounded. Maybe would work well for greeting cards or invitations.

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#2 OldGandy

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 19:38

The nibster at Pendemonium does great work at a very reasonable price. The sample looks great.

#3 haywoody

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 21:18

Thanks for the review and nice pictures. I snagged one of these nibs on the marketplace a while ago and am surprised how great it is. It writes way wider than my usual preference (XF-XXF) but it is so fun and smooth that I find myself grabbing it out of the pencup all the time. Two thumbs up to Pendemonium for offering quality work at a great price.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 21:37

Great review. I too can endorse the Pendemonium grind. I had MB with an italic that they did. Very Nice.

I had no idea they were so affordable. Excellent!
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:39

Thanks for the review and congrats on acquiring such a good nib. I have a question: that close-up looks so crisp and free from feathering. Is that really a Moleskine? My experience with Moleskines hasn't been very good and all examples that I've tried would have left monstrous caterpillar ink trails where there is a crisp line in your example. Has this good behavior been your general experience with Moleskines?

Doug

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 12:55

Hi Doug -

To be honest, I cheated with this photo a bit. Yes, it IS a Moleskine, but I took 2 pictures like this and the one I didn't post was full of the little caterpillar feet that you spoke of.

Pretty much every ink I've tried feathers at least a little in my Moleskines. I worry more about the inks bleeding, and the inks that I have found to not bleed are Noodler's Black, Noodler's Aircorp Blue-Black, Noodler's Red-Black and Diamine Imperial Purple.

Stephanie


QUOTE(HDoug @ Jun 15 2008, 07:39 AM)  
Thanks for the review and congrats on acquiring such a good nib. I have a question: that close-up looks so crisp and free from feathering. Is that really a Moleskine? My experience with Moleskines hasn't been very good and all examples that I've tried would have left monstrous caterpillar ink trails where there is a crisp line in your example. Has this good behavior been your general experience with Moleskines?

Doug



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Posted 17 June 2008 - 18:56

Pendemonium does a great job at an unbeatable price and turnaround time....






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