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  1. In the last few months I have been using mostly pens with either Jowo or Bock steel nibs. I tend to prefer M or B nibs, although I do also stretch to F and stubs. Although F nibs are not my first choice except for fine notes, both Jowo and Bock F nibs are still enjoyable for me, as they are sufficiently smooth. I have a few Jowo 1.1 stubs, and although they are not bad either, I usually do have a preference for stubs with tipping. All in all both these brands make enjoyably smooth steel nibs in the F to stub range, which I do like using, and have several different pens which mount these. After a period of rotation over a few months of several different pens with Jowo/Bock steel nibs, last week I picked up a Bexley with a 14k gold nib, size M. The Bexley is an Equipose in a rather unusual green colour (called Colorado Green). Besides the unusual colour, the Bexley Equipose is quite a classic looking pen (with converter system). The design is classic cap over barrel, with no step-down barrel to section (which I find so annoying due to the way I hold my pens high up). The threads are smooth and the size of the pen is big enough to be very comfortable uncapped (I almost never post). After a long period of use of steel nibs, what does however strike me immediately on putting this pen/nib back to paper is the different way it writes. Ever so soft! It's not a matter of being smooth, it's not a matter of flex either (I don't usually look for flex when writing, although I can recognize flex/semiflex nibs), it's just much more relaxed and natural in a way. I don't feel as though I have to push, while I do somewhat with steel nibs, in comparison. This nib is no doubt lovely (14k M) and I had forgotten how much more enjoyable it is writing with it, compared to a group of various Jowo/Bock steel nibs (including some mounted on more recent Bexleys I own). The difference is subtle, but it's there absolutely! I'm not starting the steel vs gold topic again, I know, I do have a few gold nibs that are not so different from the a/m group of steel nibs in the way they behave... It's probably just that this is a heck of a lovely nib!

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