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  1. When I began my fountain pen journey 4-5 years ago, I naturally gravitated to the most fine nibs I could find. I loved very fine writing and naturally wrote very small characters. I tried some broader nibs here and there, but they never suited my style and ended up being a huge fan of Japanese made fountain pens due to their extremely fine yet smooth extra fine nibs. Lately I have gotten into The Pilot Prera, so much so that I decided to collect this wonderful pen. Part of my quest was to pick up several nibs and feeds from compatible Pilot pens just for the sake of completeness. Today I received a Pilot 78G from Speerbob with a BB nib. This is a stub nib, for those who don't know. Like many of you, I have an ink and nib journal so I dipped the 78G to give it the obligatory test knowing full well I'd hate it and it would rest in a pen I never used. Boy, was I wrong! Not only was my writing not too much bigger, but the beauty of the line, the shading, the lovely shape this nib gave my writing without even trying to write that much differently was simply amazing to me! I felt utterly foolish for waiting this long to try a stub nib. Of course I am now Googling, searching YouTube and of course mining posts here on how to properly use this nib and take on italic writing! My personal discovery leads me to this question for all of you: has there been anything relating to fountain pens about which you were wrong, or a preconceived notion to which you clung only to discover later your erroneous ways?
  2. I purchased this Waterman's 52 Wood Grain with an unusual #2 "J" nib on Ebay a month or so ago. I may have paid more than I should have but having never run across such a nib, I could not resist. I've only seen one other reference to such a nib on the penboard.de and it indicated that it is a calligraphy nib. Can anyone confirm this or offer additional insight/knowledge about this nib? Regardless of price, it has been a lot fun to write with. Even under the control of my untrained hand, the nib produces excellent ink shading and puts out a really wet line. It is slightly flexible, however pressure predominately enhances the ink flow and not line width. With light pressure, the pen produces a line 1.44 mm in width on the down-stroke!
  3. http://thefrugalfountainpen.blogspot.com/2014/04/hero-382-fountain-pen.html
  4. First of all, I'm writing about this nib because it literally caused my jaw to drop when I came across it while sorting thru our latest batch of new old stock 1960s Eversharp Symphonys. Secondly, try to ignore the surroundings in the photo below. New old stock pens are not always pretty, and some are too far gone to be one of our "seconds" offerings. Sometimes you can only salvage the nib, but in this case ooh-la-la, it was quite a nib. http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/sticker_flex_half_stub_500.jpg The name -- Flexible 1/2 Stub -- says it all, but before you get excited and say "where can I get one of these?!", please note that we only found two of these nibs in literally hundreds of Symphony pens. This one was found on a Symphony 915, making the nib the middle size Symphony nib, the same as was found on the more common 701. The pen was totally trashed from many rough years in storage, with abjectly corroded trim and a rusted away lever/pressure bar assembly. We pulled the nib and threw it and its accompanying feed and breather tube into one of our mid-size 4CS Ranga eyedroppers, and it's been a real joy to write with for a week. The nib has really nice flex, which when combined with the italic cut delivers easy line variation when unflexed, and a nice pay-off on the downstroke when flexed. (You wouldn't want to flex on the horizontal stroke as you would pull the tines out of alignment, just an FYI.) This is the kind of nib for which people look to vintage Pelikans, though the nib thickness is a little thinner on the Eversharps. Here's the writing sample: http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/sample_flex_half_stub_500.jpg Here's the nib: http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/ranga/915_halfstub_4cs_2.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/ranga/915_halfstub_4cs_3.jpg This is the model that originally hosted the nib: http://www.peytonstreet.com/PSP/blog/symphony_915_500.jpg And here is where it currently lives (a Ranga 4cs eyedropper): http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/ranga/915_halfstub_4cs_1.jpg If I put together another one of these and can make it available for sale, I'll post an update. Though I call this posting "Nib of the Month," I'm not sure how often I'll find unusual and interesting nibs to feature. Sometimes it seems like there's a good candidate every week, but I don't want to commit to that as it seems overly ambitious and dependent upon more than a little bit of luck.

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