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  1. SO the fight for learning left handed (sinister) ways of doing things continues - this time with Parallel Pens. As one who would dearly like to do a clear and even pretty Gothic lettering style, but who hates dip pens I have gravitated to the Pilot Parallel Pen with its flat blade-like nib at 90 degrees to the paper, tilting some for flow and pull, using the edge of the blade for thin lines and sometimes even the corners of the blade I am sure works for most. But as a lefty with wrists and grips that "do not work that way" I spotted an offering of reground Parallels with left oblique angles to solve some of the problems I face. However I cannot afford the offering price for a new set being on a restricted limited income and of an age that knows "one size (angle) does NOT fit all, I cannot acquire anything I cannot guarantee will work for me. So, I got out my old knife sharpening tools and some diamond honing squares I have and have started toward making my own from my used but not useful Parallel pens in hand. Last night I finally figured out how to get the aluminum nib to angle somewhat by grinding, and have had to cut off some of the ink depressions on the nib-tip. Smoothing is yet to come, but the rough grind (not yet at proper angle) seems to deliver the ink well even while scratchy. The angle of the cut, however, seems to be too shallow to make a great difference in broad lines, and ink flow at the tip of the triangle of the nib-end stinks when it comes to delivering thin lines. iI am wondering if any UNDERWRITING lefty Parallel pen users have tried this solution, measured any angles that work for the obligue cut, and/of have some tips on how to ensure the grins actually works?
  2. I just bought a Montblanc 146 size silver fountain pen with chevron engraving, mother of pearl star, and diamond in the clip. The one I purchased has a Fine nib and I can exchange the nib within 6 weeks. I basically like Broad and Double Broad nibs and never Fines. Oddly, I am very attracted to this nib and it writes like no Fine I've written with. It is a very smooth, wide writer, and very wet. It writes almost a medium line. I love line variation and have many stubs and cursive italics. This pen doesn't have much line variation but has some odd "personality" that I enjoy. I keep thinking of sending it back for a broader nib but hesitate. I know some of you will say, " just keep it and enjoy it." I think I'm curious if others have ever experienced this. Thanks

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