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  1. With the flex nib and the upcoming curved nib starting off the expression series, do you speculate that the music nib will also be available as an Expression Nib at some point? I don't see myself paying for the Bespoke nib. Hoping that it will come to the Expression series is the best I could hope for.
  2. Hello FPNers - I have a Sailor Pro Gear that originally came with a music nib. This nib wrote beautifully, but I don’t write music scores, so I wanted to convert it from a once-in-a-while writer to a daily writer. I hired a nibmeister to convert it to a medium nib, which turned out to be impossible because the ball tipping material wasn’t there. He reduced its size and made it smoother, but it’s not working for me at all. I’m open to suggestions, including nib replacement (is this possible on a Pro Gear?), alternate nibmeisters, etc. I don’t want to end up with a stub or anything unusual. I prefer standard medium or fine nibs, or perhaps a smooth cursive nib like Lamy offers. The Pro Gear is perfect for me ergonomically; I just need to get the nib right. Thanks, GNL
  3. Hello Fellow Sailor Lovers - I have a Sailor Pro Gear that originally came with a music nib. This nib wrote beautifully, but I loved the pen so much I wanted to convert it from a once-in-a-while writer to a daily writer. I hired a nibmeister to convert it to a medium nib, which turned out to be impossible because the ball tipping material wasn’t there. He reduced its size and made it smoother, but it’s not working for me at all. I’m open to suggestions, including nib replacement (is this possible on a Pro Gear?), alternate nibmeisters, etc. I don’t want to end up with a stub or anything unusual. I prefer standard medium or fine nibs, or perhaps a smooth cursive nib like Lamy offers. Thanks, GNL
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  10. SquareRecord

    Music Staff Paper

    Hello all! I'm rather new to FPN and FP's in general. I primarily use them for note-taking (grad student) but even more importantly, music writing. Yes, as in music notation on staff paper. I'm currently using a Franklin-Christoph music nib in a Jinhao 750, Noodler's black ink, but am testing a bunch of archival-quality inks so that will change. Enough introduction... I've emailed 7 different FP sellers to find some specific music paper. I'm looking for music staff paper that's around US tabloid size or similar, something where I can write music for a large ensemble. For example, orchestra, concert band, etc. Currently, Carta and similar manufacturers have large size paper that has room for 18+ different parts on each page, and I enjoy the size as well as handwriting my music, but the paper is NOT FP friendly. Does anyone know of any FP friendly large music paper sources?
  11. cgreenberg19

    Sailor 1911 Standard

    Overview: The Sailor 1911 is my first pen from the brand. I've been reluctant to but a Sailor pen because everybody I've known who has purchased one of these pens had immediately gotten five more and I can't say I'm an exception. I picked this pen up yesterday as a bit of an impulse buy, I had been looking at the Sailor two tine music nib for a while wondering what it was all about. It turns out it behaves in my particular case less like a stub and more like a really broad round nib, which I like a lot. It's also a bit like their zoom nib where if you hold the nib perpendicular to the paper it writes differently then when the angle is decreased. The pen is very good looking; I like the yellow in contrast with the black. It's no secret, I really like this pen. Writing Experience: The pen writes incredibly well. If you like wet stubby broads this nib will be for you. On the paper it has just a pleasant amount of feedback, enough to know you're writing with a fountain pen, but not so much that it becomes unpleasant. It's a 14 karat gold nib with the Sailor "1911" stamped on it. It's a pretty rigid nib, but I don't tend to flex my pens so much so it's not an issue for me. The nib is marked MS on the right side. The nib does use a lot of ink and sailor converters really aren't by any means high capacity. When writing with this pen I've found myself running dry in about one and a half normal size pages, so if you don't like carrying a bottle of ink around with you I would suggest going with a finer nib, or the pen or getting the Realo which is a piston filler, however that comes at a larger price. Design: I like the looks of this pen. Like many other Japanese pens the design is minimal which I don't mind. The pen features the Sailor stair step clip which does add a bit of design to a part of the pen where it would be otherwise pretty bland. The black ends go nicely with the yellow cap and barrel. One part of the design that isn't so great is the converter. It has a very low ink capacity and with a nib like this it is far less than ideal. I've found that the nib runs dry in about one and a half pages, so a finer nib might be a good choice on this pen. The overall nib deign is very pretty. It mimics a Montblanc nib, but is not a strait out rip off of one. It also features the classic sailor anchor in the middle of the nib. I have not one thing against the way this pen writes. Presentation: From what I can gather like many Japanese brands like Sailor don't go too far with the packaging on their sub $500 offerings whereas over $500 dollars the boxes can cost as much as them pens inside of them. This pen is no exception; it comes in a standard Sailor branded blue box with the cardboard outer sleeve. I really like how the outer sleeve has a cutout it it so you can see the Sailor name and logo. It serves no functional purpose, but it's nice attention to detail. The pen comes with two Sailor Jentle Black cartridges and a converter. In addition the pen comes with a use and care guide that's mostly in Japanese. The pen itself comes in a plastic bag nestled in the velvet interior of the box. The presentation is strait ahead, but I'm not a fan of excessive packaging if the pen you purchased is just a pen that you are keeping for yourself and not gifting on to somebody else. Pros/Cons: The 1911 is a nice gateway into the Sailor line of fountain pens. In the United States the 1911 is Sailor's least expensive offering. In Japan Sailor also offers a lower priced gold nibbed pen called the Promenade which I do have my eye on. The nib also writes extremely well. I haven't had any issues with skipping or ink starvation. The clip is also just springy enough to put into a shirt pocket and have it stay put and not too hard so that it won't give with a lot of force. The one thing that I really don't like about the pen is the converter as well as the fact that buying the piston filler is $150 more than the standard model. I don't thing the converter would be as much as an issue with a finer nib, so it may just be my particular configuration. At the end of the day, even the converter issue seems insignificant. Pens left to right: Pelikan M1000, Lamy Safari USA Edition, Montblanc 146, Sailor 1911 Standard, Visconti Breeze Blueberry. Nib photo Writing Sample Sailor 1911
  12. Overview: I recently purchased a Sailor 1911 Standard which was my "entryway" into the Sailor brand. Following my positive experience with that pen I decided that I should pick another Sailor up at the Baltimore Pen Show. I happened to receive a Montblanc Legrand Ballpoint as a present that I didn't use much, so I decided to trade it in at Dromgoole's and I got a very good price for this pen with my trade in. I also got this pen equipped with a music nib because my experience with the Music nib on my 1911 Standard was so positive. Even though the pen is labeled as "Large" I find it more of a standard size than an oversize pen which it is not by any means. That's fine, if I wanted a huge pen I could have gotten a King of Pen (that's also on my list). The color is very pretty and I find it's just vibrant enough to stand out, but not too bright that you start to blind people when you write. Everything on this pen is pretty great except for the converter. Sailor converters hold barley any ink, about half a millimeter. It's not just Sailor, for some reason the big three Japanese pen manufacturers use proprietary, widemouth cartridges and converters which seem to hold barley any ink with the exception of the Pilot CON-70. With an A5 page of writing I can empty the converter and dry the nib out. So, I've been refilling cartridges which boosts the ink capacity up to about a millimeter which is better, but that also only gets me about two pages of writing, so this is mostly a home use pen or one that I would only daily carry with a bottle of ink handy. Despite my issues with Sailor converters the nib is glorious. I'm normally not one for stubs. I like a nice, round, juicy nib, however I really like the Sailor music nibs that I've used, not like the Pilot one on my Custom 912. The trims are quite pretty and I like this pen a lot, so let's get into more details. As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of the review ! Writing Experience: The Sailor 1911 Large writes with a tiny hint of Sailor feedback, but still lays down a nice line of ink. The nib, even for having such a large gold content, is relatively stiff. If you really want to you can get some line variation out of it if you really push. The pen offers a good steady ink flow even when flexed. The overall design of the nib mimics that of a Montblanc and it's nice. On the first Sailor I bought it took me a while to find the tip size on the nib, but after a while I realized it was on the right side. Something interesting I've noticed about Sailor feeds is how thick the fins are. I'd say a brand like Pilot has feeds with a "normal" fin width and brands like Montblanc and Pelikan have thinner fins. Sailor comes up on the other end of the spectrum with thicker fins, but the pen has great flow, so I don't have any problems with it. Overall, this is a really great writing pen. Design: The design of this pen like many other Japanese designed pens this pen is pretty basic. I'd say that the blue color of the pen is the craziest part of the design. On the finial there's nothing but a rounded off piece in the same material as the rest of the pen. Below that there is an upper cap ring that is not attached to the clip. The standard Sailor multilevel clip is present just under the upper cap band. From there, the cap angles up slightly to two center bands, one small and one large. On the larger center brand the words "Sailor -- Japan -- Founded 1911" in a bold font. The barrel angles up and then down very slightly. At the end of the barrel there is another ring and then and rounded off end piece. Now that I've gotten though the boring part I can get into my feelings about the design. Starting out on the positive side, I really like the color of this pen. It's a kind of metallic blue color that really stands out to me. I personally think this pen would have looked cooler with gold trims which I'm normally not a fan of, however I do think that it would work on this pen. The way the section is designed really works for my hand. The one minor actual design complaint that I have with this pen is the slight step down from the barrel to where the cap threads in. It's very slight, but it does bother me a little bit. Overall, this is a pen designed for writing and it is very good at that, so I don't have any concrete complaints. Measurements: Length (capped): 141.0 mm/5.55″ Length (uncapped): 123.1 mm/4.84″ Length (posted): 153.5 mm/6.05″ Diameter (barrel): 11.2 – 13.3 mm/0.44″ – 0.52″ Diameter (section): 10.5 – 11.7 mm/0.41″ – 0.46″ Weight (all): 26 g Weight (cap): 9 g Weight (body): 17 g Presentation: The pen arrives in the standard box you get with most Sailor pens. The box has the Sailor name and logo foil plated on the blue faux leather box. The box hinges open and in the velvet interior there is a cutout for the pen. You can take out the little pen bed and under it you will find two Sailor Jentle Black ink cartridges as well as a use and care guide which is mostly in Japanese. I have no problem with the way Sailor presents their pens and even though it's basic, it shows that they are more focused about what comes in the box. To me a box is just a transportation method with a pen, so naturally I'm one of those people who would give up the pen box just for a better deal (which I have done). If you're giving the pen as a gift, that's a different story which is why I appreciate brands like Pelikan and Lamy that offer different levels of packaging depending on how much you're willing to pay. For example, Pelikan retailers buy their packaging from Pelikan, it's not included in the price price the pen. I've gotten Pelikans for over $150 cheaper just for giving up the gift box. If you contact them, most Pelikan retailers can cater to you needs with different types of packaging. Anyway, I sort of got off track off there, but my pint is valid, it's the pen that you're paying for not the box unless you're some kind of pen box collector. So, overall I appreciate the basic Sailor packaging. Pros/Cons: Pros: -The pen is a great writer with a wet nib that never fails to preform. -The color is very nice and understated. -Both a pro and a con depending on what you like: The pen has a very understated design. -As a cartridge converter pen it is very easy to disassemble and even the converter can be taken apart Cons: -The converter holds barley any ink -The pen might have to be presented differently as the box is pretty small and dinky. -This is by no means a large pen. Sailor 1911 Large and Robert Oster Blue Water Ice Writing Sample Sailor 1911 Large Nib This happened to be one of my longer reviews which I tend to avoid, but I have quite a few opinions about this pen and I felt like sharing them. I hope you enjoyed reading and that you'll join me again for another pen review another time. If you want to reach me, my name is Charlie and you can always leave a comment. I'll try to reply as quickly as I can. As always thanks for reading and I'll see you next time.
  13. sidthecat

    Vintage Music Nib

    So I found a battered, anonymous pen on eBay and, because I look for interesting nibs, I took a close look at the business end. What I saw was a dirty and ink-stained Warranted nib: a Music Nib. It wasnt cheap (by my lights) but they usually go for a lot more. When it gets here Ill see if it still works, and if it does I may drop it into one of my ringtops. Fingers crossed.
  14. LuisAAbrilRomero

    Sailor Kop Pro Gear With Music Nib?

    Hello there, is the Sailor King of Pen Pro Gear available with a music nib? And if this is the case, where? Thanks for your help! Cheers, Luis
  15. Karmachanic

    Taming A Pilot Music Nib

    I very much like the austere formality of the Pilot 912 and thought that an MS nib would off-set that nicely. The pen arrived and I inked it up right away with Monteverde Copper Noir. Oh dear. The nib is a fire hose! So wet and hard to control. What to do? I recalled a recent thread extolling the virtues of Kiwa-Guro. I purchased a bottle. Analogous to putting high performance tyres on a car! I now have traction, control, the nib hugs the page and allows for precise manoeuvers. edit to add: and crisper lines Fantastic!! Now I can comfortably use this pen. Only thing is, the ink is black. I have no problem with black. I like black, but it’s only black, and I’ve become quite fond of KWZ Walk Over Vistula. So much so that I’m ashamed to admit I have three bottles. So I seek advice on inks with similar characteristics, that are more colourful, which exhibit shading. Maybe Pelikan Edelstein? Topaz in particular? Lgsoltek speaks of it’s lack of lubrication, which may be a good thing is this context. https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/314698-pelikan-edelstein-aquamarine/ Like the shading here! Thank you Sandy1 https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/174538-pelikan-edelstein-topaz/ Or making it a little darker, as shown by sansenri. https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/308805-aquamarine-pelikan-edelstein-ink-of-the-year-2016/?p=4155306 I thank you for your insights and advice.
  16. Eric2018

    Music From The Ocean

    Music from the Ocean It was a little fight for the Slim or the Standard one. Would the Slim be too small? Would the 14k nib performs bad? As I had the Standard already, also the price is just half of the Standard, I give the Slim a shot. A slim review: Outlook: Normal package with converter, normal excellent quality, zero complaint. Oh I love the THICK center band (KOP induced?) and is in shinny chrome details, I always prefer chrome than gold. (The center band of the regular Slim has two ring lines). And the color is a special, a voyage green blended with little blue I think, and the whole body is nearly opaque. (Yet it’s not difficult to persuade yourself that you could “see through” the material…) The pen is quite light, and yes, it is quite smaller than the standard. The pen seems to be a bit short when uncapped, (I could use the Standard uncapped happily), but I could adapt it easily as I like light pens too. 14k Music Nib: I flush the pen with mild soap water before having it inked, and I picked the Diamine’s Golden Honey this time. The nib is very smooth with good feedback. It is a wet nib but not as wet as the pilot or platinum music nib that has 3 tines (I don’t have any music nib, just have a try on a pen shop before). This music nib has only one slit and two tines, and that’s the reason for me to choose it. Writing with a not very wet music nib is fun, like writing a 1.1 stub or italic, but wetter, and smoother. As said in many threads, writing with music nib or stub, a little adjustment on writing angle is needed, yes, it is, but not difficult, the sweet spot is quite large for this pen actually. Conclusion: Pro Gear: Standard or Slim? I choose Standard, always. But if you had the standard already like me, surely it is not a bad idea to get the slim, the smaller size fits many shirt pockets (also the slim price this time is just half of the standard). Performance wise, no worry, Sailor has good nibs, 21k is wonderful, but 14k is very good already. I am very, very happy to have this, no regret at all. Again, I love the thick center band, it makes the pen looks thicker…lol.
  17. Nin444

    Intresting Music Nib

    Hello , I have a Waterman 515 with a very intresting Nib. The picture is below. As you can see it has a beautiful design and finish. Does anyone know the history or any information about this nib or manufacturer? The nib is 14K gold and has a vintage flex quality as well.
  18. Hi all. This is my first post so I might as well greet you pen and nib lovers in here! I am a drummer / composer / arranger and I enjoy either reading or writting music by hand, a habit that that i guess has grown out of studying scores and books that were partly or entirely written by hand. Even now, I supply the musicians with sheets that I personally write, being original score of mine or copies of clients. Quite recently I came across a video on youtube, where a famous copyist/ percussionist uses this particular pen/ nib that I immediately fell in love with. I am posting two video stills, plus the entire video link on youtube, in hope that someone might help identify this pen or suggest an alternative as close as possible to the one featured on the video. Here is the video link: Thanks for taking the time to check my post Kind regards, John A.
  19. I really like music nibs. I have the Platinum 3776 Music Nib, the Pilot 742 Music Nib, Franklin Christoph Music Nib, the Ackerman Pump Pen Music Nib and the Noodler's Neponset Music Nib. But the thing I find odd about the Noodler's is that it isn't a stub like the rest. Sure, it has 3 tines, but it has no stub whatsoever. So my question is: has anyone tried to grind one of these into a stub? What were the results? Was it still flexible? I know that it's possible to by Nib Creeper and Ahab replacement nibs. But, to my knowledge, it is not yet possible to buy just the Neponset nib without the pen. So, this is a really risky project. Let me know if you guys have tried. Thanks.
  20. I first saw this pen after a reddit user linked to it in kenshiro's masterpiece demonstrator collection thread a few months back. I love clear demonstrators and fat nibs; when I learned that Franklin-Christoph made the 66 Ice with a 1.9mm, three-tined music nib, it got put on the list. Then, some Christmas cash made it happen. And it arrived Saturday. Impressions http://i.imgur.com/tCj31Bx.jpg One of the first things that intrigued me about this pen was the cap threads being on the nib-end of the section. FC does this with their Models 02, 03, and 65/66. These front threads mean that the back of your thumb doesn't rest on sharp-ish threads but you still get the security of a screw-on cap. There isn't a lot of thread; it takes about a 3/4 rotation to remove the cap from the pen. It still feels securely attached, but I wonder if the cap is sealed well enough to counter evaporation. Even so, I really like this aspect of the design; if I grip the pen a little farther back (common for me), I don't have any sharp threads to stop me. If I slide down the section a bit, the threads serve as a nice detent, but even grasping them directly isn't uncomfortable due to their width. And uncapping/capping is much faster than on most threaded caps. The barrel has a flat side to rest the pen on a desk without it rolling away. It works if you rest it with the flat side down, but if the pen is capped and you set it down on an incline, the flat isn't wide enough to stop even a little bit of rotational momentum. "Franklin-Christoph Model 66" is engraved on the flat. The cap is engraved with their stylized "F" and four diamonds logo: http://i.imgur.com/FuPHUa7.jpg The "frosted" barrel and top of the cap are actually a fairly rough texture; I made the mistake of trying to dry out the barrel section with a q-tip and some cotton fibers got stuck and wouldn't come out until I busted out the tweezers. Though it's frosted, its transparent enough that you can easily see the nib inside the cap. The section and bottom half of the cap are smooth but still somewhat opaque unless they're wet. The unfrosted end of the barrel looks like glass; smooth, glossy, and perfectly clear. Packaging http://i.imgur.com/D94fUNk.jpg Pretty meh, really. FC obviously has a bunch of these boxes, and didn't let the fact that the 66 doesn't fit in the ribbon holder deter them from using it anyway. Or, maybe the person doing my packing just forgot to get it under there? No matter; I didn't see any noticeable scratches or abrasions. Came with a converter and two short international standard cartridges. With the wet 1.9mm music nib, I bet the .75ml cartridges would last about a page and a half before running dry But, it's nice to have some spares for my Liliput. And though I planned from the outset to run this primarily as an eyedropper, I'm glad it came with the converter, just in case I want to put one of my mica experiments through the music nib. Size This pen is truly a "desk pen"; at 6.5" when capped, it's not gonna be your EDC unless you're still rockin' cargo shorts. It's longer than any other pen I have: http://i.imgur.com/zl6mzcd.jpg The distinction is even greater when compared uncapped. http://i.imgur.com/Ik3ln8M.jpg Despite it's length, it's not a wide pen; the section at its grip point is the same width as the Vac, and smaller than the Jinhao. And that length doesn't mean it's unbalanced or unwieldy; the acrylic is light enough that it never feels cumbersome or unbalanced in the hand, even when completely filled with ink. On the contrary, the length somehow encourages me to write more legibly (though that is likely also due to the massive Nib This isn't my first wide stub; I have (and regularly use) a Lamy 1.9mm nib on my Vista for letter writing or even note taking (when I'm feeling fancy). But while 1.9mm on the narrow and stubby Lamy feels a little forced, the 66 with the same width nib feels perfectly paired. FC and Lamy, tip to tip: http://i.imgur.com/Txdeyti.jpg My Lamy 1.9 nib definitely needed some micromesh TLC when I got it; it was pretty scratchy and incredibly sensitive to off-axis writing. Comparatively, the FC music nib isn't nearly as scratchy or finicky. Out of the box, it's much wetter than the Lamy was, and I think I'd describe it as "significant feedback" instead of "scratchy." I'm still not completely sold on it, though. I like that it's nice and wet, but I'd hoped a pen in this price range would have been a bit smoother. I'm not sure how much of that roughness is due to the three tines--but they all look well aligned through my 10x loupe. I'll give it a bit of thought before I do anything to void my warranty Here's the writing compared to the other pens I had inked. http://i.imgur.com/Dpa3pCD.jpg Capacity Measuring with my marked syringe, it's 4ml from the end of the barrel to the bottom of the threads. However, once you fill the barrel, the feed will suck up about 1/2-1ml; which means that if you really want it full, you can do a two-fill process and put a little over 5ml in the pen. I put a few bulb syringes of tap water through the feed/section (as is my habit with any new pen), then greased up the threads on the nib unit and section/barrel with some silicone grease. I started with 2.5ml of Bungbox Fuji Blue (my favorite shading ink) in the barrel: http://i.imgur.com/iIZ3dtt.jpg After writing with that for a bit, I cleaned it out and put in 4ml of Noodler's Habanero (another great shader). http://i.imgur.com/9mUTszJ.jpg Then let the feed saturate to the point of writing, and then added another ml. http://i.imgur.com/azOWnlg.jpg Completely full with a fairly translucent ink looks gorgeous. http://i.imgur.com/f8pj7yi.jpg Overall Another reviewer (Stephen Brown, maybe?) compared the Model 66 to a paintbrush, and I think that's a very apt comparison. Especially with the music nib; something about the length/shape of the pen combined with the width/wetness of that nib just feels like I'm painting with ink. I love the look of the pen filled with ink. It was seeing the ink slosh around in the Vac700 that got me in to fountain pens; this massive reservoir in Ice acrylic really accentuates that effect. It is really light; I'm used to the heft of the Vac700 as my daily driver; the 66 not having a filling mechanism or any metal parts other than the nib seems almost too light for my hand. As impossible as it would be, I would love a *glass* version of this pen. The length of the pen and size of the nib mean that this one is going to stay home most of its life; it'll be my letter writer and envelope addresser, but not my most used pen. But that's fine with me; I just leave it sitting in it's open box on the desk, and let its looks distract me from whatever else I should be doing.
  21. PILOT CUSTOM 74 - MUSIC NIB Pilot Custom 74 – Music Nib This happens to be my latest addition or you may call addiction to Pilot Pens. After buying and using PILOT CAPLESS I realised that I need more Pilot Pens and lot of fellow fountain pen users and friends recommended me to buy Custom 74 and here I must thank Dhruv for connecting me with Bunkidou Shop. Dealing with Bunkidou was an amazing experience and his service was excellent. I actually bought two PILOT pens from him, CUSTOM 74 and CUSTOM HERITAGE 92. And the EMS service was so amazing that the pens reached to India from Japan within 5 days. I will be doing reviews of both, however this review is about PILOT CUSTOM 74 WITH MUSIC NIB. DESIGN & BUILT : 4/5 The pen is regular sized classic cigar shape pen. The pen comes in various colours like Black, Burgundy, Dark Green and Dark Blue with gold trims. There are demonstrator versions also available with chrome trims also, but the music nib is only available in Black colour in Japan. Pilot Custom 74 – Beauty Shot Pilot Custom 74 – Uncapped and Capped – Classical Cigar Shape Pen The classical cigar shaped pen is thickest at the cap centre-band and cap tapers down to rounded finial at top. The finial is visually separated by gold colour band. The clip is stiff and sturdy and has a ball end. Pilot Custom – Cap View – The clip is stiff and sturdy and has ball shaped end Pilot Custom 74 – Cap View Pilot Custom 74 – Cap Inner View The cap has dual centre band, with slim one at top and broad one below where branding is done and reads “PILOT – MADE IN JAPAN *CUSTOM 74*” . The clip also displays the the brand name PILOT engraved. Pilot Custom 74 – Centreband Pilot Custom 74 – Close up showing clip & centreband branding and beautiful nib The pen is extremely well detailed out. There is a gold colour band at the bottom of barrel separating it from the bottom finial and also there is gold colour band at the bottom of grip section (as you can see from above image) separating it from barrel. Pilot Custom 74 – Rounded Finials separated via gold trim bands The material used is plastic resin which is of same quality as Pilot 78G, thus nothing premium in that regards.The material is very well polished and finished. The quality control is superb and amazing and that is where Pilot excels. The pen uncaps in 1 – 3/4 turns and the grip section is slight concave albeit just a little bit. Below are the few images showing the comparative with other pens: Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Capped Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped and Posted I actually wanted to buy demo version but music nib was not available available in any other colour, so I had to settle for this. But this black colour has grown over me because of its classical, understated and professional look. BALANCE : 5/5 The pen is made of resin and is light weight and superbly well balanced whether you write with cap posted at the back or not. yes the cap posts securely at the back. The pen is of regular length comparable to that of Lamy Safari as shown in comparison above. The pen is slim and the grip is perfect. Pilot Custom 74 – Writing Unposted Pilot Custom 74 – Writing Posted Few specifications are as follows: Length (Capped) : 141 mm Length (Uncapped) : 125 mm Length (Posted) : 158 mm Dia (Section) : 9.7 mm Dia (Barrel) : 11.5 mm Dia (Cap) : 14.5 mm Weight (Capped) : 20 g Weight (Uncapped) : 12 g Pen is very ergonomic. I absolutely love this pen because of the grip and balance. NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4.5/5 Now comes the best part for which the pen was bought irrespective of the colour and by the way this colour has really grown on me. It looks so decent and professional. Well the pen comes in various nib widths, EF, F, SF, SFM, M, SM, FM, B, BB, MS, & C but the I am here using Music (MS) nib which has 3 tines. The friction fit nib is #5, 14 K Gold nib and writes amazingly soft and wet. I would say it writes fairly wet on higher medium side. The nib offers amazing and precise line variation . Its actually a kind of very wet stub and thus it helps in shading a lot. Even this black ink shades a little bit. It suits my script writing very well. Pilot Custom – 14k #5 Gold nib – Beautiful Nib Writing cursive with the nib gives you a feedback but by no means it is scratchy. Feed is made of plastic. When first I inked this pen it used to get dry but after flushing the pen its a loveliest wet stubby pen I have. Ink just dries at 25 sec mark. Pilot Custom – Nib Unit View – Top Pilot Custom 74 – Nib Unit View – Side Pilot Custom – Nib Unit View – Bottom The pen actually came only with black ink cartridge so had to purchase the converter separately. It actually takes all the Pilot proprietary converters , CON 20, CON 50, CON 70 and also Pilot cartridges. I like CON 50 because its easy to fill and clean and also I like its small ink capacity because I like changing inks. Pilot Custom – Ink filling via Pilot cartridge or converter The pen can not be used as eyedropper because of metal tenon underneath the grip section which accepts the cartridge or converter. Pilot Custom – Metal tenon I have enjoyed writing every single letter with this pen. Below are the images of my handwritten review containing ink drying times and writing samples: Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 1 Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 2 Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 3 Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 4 CONCLUSION: 13.5/15 The pen is no nonsense , classic looking pen. And at 82 USD shipped via EMS from Japanto India in 5 days, its terrific value for money. Cant beat that. Lot of retailer are selling it at 160 USD. So buying via Rakuten really helped. I recommend this to all the fountain pen users who like using stub nibs. Must buy. What I Like: Classic Design Superb Finish & very well detailed Ergonomic Size & Wonderful Balance Beautiful 14K wet Nib Better than many higher priced pens Complete Value for money What I don’t Like: Material quality is same as Pilot 78G Proprietary Converter and Cartridges. This is for the love of my life My other reviews can be checked at my blog here : MEHANDIRATTA
  22. Yes, the twins are here and I love them (Pardon the low quality pictures)! Here they are, - Fosfor Sandalwood with a Franklin Christoph HPS #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Nib - Fosfor Islander in Red Burl with the Franklin Christoph #6 Music Nib The F-C nibs were a gift from a friend and I was given the freedom of choosing the nibs. My limited experience with EF or F nibs (limited to lower end Indian and Japanese nibs) left me wanting more and I was on the lookout for something that I could use for sketching and quick notes (among a few other things). The music nib was to continue to practice some scripts for calligraphy. I've been wanting wooden pens for a while now and there was no better marriage than the F-C Nibs and the Fosfor body that I could think of in India. I must admit that the F-C website was very tempting and I will probably pick something from their offering pretty soon. I haven't uploaded more than a single picture as I am not able to do justice to the pens with my shoddy camera skills. Both Fosfor Pens and Franklin Chirstoph have great sample pictures on their own websites for anyone interested. I'm not good with reviews, but here are my impressions about both the pens and the nibs after a few weeks of usage. Experience with the seller(s) Franklin Christoph: I bought the nib units online and their customer support and sales was great, they have a well oiled process. The nibs units were shipped from their store the day after (or I think the same day given the time zone difference) and they knew the details about shipping, exports, etc. The sales folk at F-C were really helpful about the plethora of questions that I as this was the first time I was getting pen parts shipped into my country. They were always prompt and the whole process of buying the nibs from them was really easy and I did like the little containers that the nib units arrived in. Mike Masuyama's chop on the little card was nice for a first time buyer. Fosfor Pens: I've been commenting and reading Manoj's work (Fosfor Pens) here on FPN and wanted to order one for myself and when these nibs arrived, I shipped them off to him for these two beauties. These are my second set of wood pens, I think I'd rank wood higher than ebonite in terms of personal preference, with acrylic a distant third (so far nothing has made me budge on acrylics), and other plastics/resins being a distinct no. Bring on more of those wood pens I say! Manoj was patient with my finicky emails and decision process and helped me narrow down on these two choices for the pen. He updated me through the process and sent me these two lovely pens a few weeks ago. As I've posted in other threads, I'm a sucker for good packaging, and the boxes and the choice for the box material material made it all the more interesting. The small little pouch with the sandalwood shavings that I got was nice touch!Design, material, build and quality from Fosfor Fosfor Sandalwood: It is the understated look of this design that nailed it for me, the shape and the use of the threads on the cap were a great touch to make the pen look lovely. I opted for the unpolished finish for the sandalwood as I wanted to feel the wood when the pen is used. Yes, there are great risks of staining an unpolished wooden pen (I have stained a ball point sandalwood pen with my clumsiness earlier), but we do live dangerously anyway. The use of the red/brown ebonite is lovely (at some later point I might ask Manoj for an ebonite from this lovely colour itself). The natural wood grains on the pen (the swirl and I think one little burn mark from teh turning process or otherwise) add character to the pen. I did opt for this design as will not be posting the cap while writing. My only grouse with the pen being that when the cap is screwed onto the pen, the brown ebonite casing is visible (it does not protrude or create a gap). I'm only guessing that is either a easthatic choice or a utility choice (to insure against wear and tear of the unpolished sharper edges or probably any ink pooling/leaks). It might have been a good bonus if the swirls on the cap and body aligned when the cap was screwed on. Fosfor Islander: Most of the pens I own are understated or are discreet in nature, so I thought I'll mix it up a little with the silver trimmings on the Islander. Given the need for the natural look of the wood to be retained, I decided to go with the Red Burl offered by Manoj instead of my personal favourite of the Sheesham (with no trimmings) for the Islander. As you can see, the swirls are lovely, the polished finish is great and the black ebonite section provides a nice contrast for the nib and the clip on the cap. The tapering end could probably be used for posting, but I don't like posting my pens and I'm guessing it could lead to the natural wear and tear. Apart from the slight offset for the trimming at the top of the clip the pen is marvellous. The balance of the pen is great and I do love the fact that even after the polish that my brain tells me I'm using a wooden pen. As stated earlier, the aligning swirls on the body and cap would have been a lovely bonus. Performance of the nibs from Franklin Christoph HPS #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Nib: The technical details and pictures are available on F-C's website. I'm surprised by the performance of such a thinly ground nib. I must admit that I was apprehensive about it's performance but after clariyfing details from their sales team and using it for the last few weeks, I have become a big fan. Being and EF nib that is ground by Mike Masuyama to approx .25mm according to their website. As expected of such a finely ground tip, it has a smaller sweet spot. The performance is great and it is a wonderful writer both forwards and backwards! As a testing ground, I've used the Needlepoint on papers varying from 70gsm to 100gsm (and copier type, handmade, more threaded, etc.) and I am surprised at how well it handled all the paper. Though I guess this type of a nib would be best used on copier type of paper to ensure a longer life and better care. It almost feels like a mechanical pencil when using the nib and very unlike the EF nibs that I am used to. Here are few quick drawing samples, Franklin Christoph #6 Music Nib: This nib was offered in both a shadow steel and a polished steel finish. It was greatly tempting to buy the shadow steel finish. The eventual aim for me was to be able to use the nib units in different pens as needed when travelling, etc. Both of the pens I wanted from Fosfor are definitely not the travel with them in your pocket kind which meant that the options for a matching body for the shadow steel nib pen reduces drastically. The horizontal and vertical strokes on this pen are great and it glides over paper. I've tried the nib with a few different inks (locally available Bril, Camlin and Sheaffer Scrip inks) and so far it lays down a consistently wet line. I've had a couple of railroad-like situations (what would you call that for a broad nib?) in about 30 pages of writing/doodling/scribbling which I am attributing to the position/writing angle. The flow keeps up with the nib and my writing speed. Here is a quick 'F' in Old English Engrosser's script, The twins have given me great pleasure over the last few weeks and I'm a little unsure of where this new hobby of mine is leading me.
  23. A few days ago I used someone's Sailor with a music nib, and now I'm obsessed! I was amazed by how responsive the nib was. I'd love to have one to sketch with. I know that the Sailor is sometimes not considered a true music because it doesn't have 3 tines, but I'm not that fussy -- I thought it performed beautifully. It looks like on nibs.com that it can be purchased as a standard issue on some Sailor pens (not a custom order), so that's good news. But before I rush out and get one, I thought I'd ask: Should I look into other music nib manufacturers, Japanese or otherwise? Does that third tine make a huge difference? Is there something else I should be getting obsessed about instead? (I'm only interested in contemporary pens that I can purchase easily... I'm not in it for the hunt!) Thanks --
  24. AustinMalone1999

    Christoph Music Nib Review

    Above is a sample of how the very wet Christoph Nib fares on the cheapest paper I have yet to encounter. I don't have a macro lens, but here goes my best shot at approximating the appearance of the nib. It is beautiful without being gaudy. A Gothic or Old English capital "C" is present, contrary to the "F" generally presents. The music nib has three tines, and the feed has two channels. Rays of what appear to be sunshine are bursting from the center of the nib. The nib does not contain a breather hole, and this has not seemed to affected the flow of the pen. This will hopefully give you an idea of just how much variation can be had with this nib. I estimate about 5-6 times the cross-stroke on the down stroke. Very impressive. This should give you an idea of the size of the nib's "line". It is pretty true to the 1.9 indicated by the people at Franklin Christoph. I have yet to experience a skip, the performance is truly amazing. The main drawback is that this nib is impossible to use on cheap paper because of its wetness. I love using this nib to practice calligraphy or just write really big in cursive. It's a great nib for brainstorming as well as bold signatures. This nib unit was provided for review by Franklin Christoph. All opinions expressed within this review are original and genuine.

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