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  1. I am curious to know what is considered the best / right / perfect balance point for a pen as it is held. This will be a centre of gravity point always locating in a narrow range regardless of pen length or weight (or else it would not be an ideal balance point). Is it measured in distance from the nib, the section (allowing for variation in grip) or somewhere else? Of course I know how comfortable I am with each of my pens, but I am wondering about the recommended or ideal position? I searched without finding a corresponding thread, in case this already exists as a topic.
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    Nib Length Comparison

    Hi Guys! I've recently realized that when choosing a pen, the size of the nib is an important criterion. it's difficult however to find a nice chart that compares the length of nibs available on some pens. I'm talking here about the visible part of the nib, because let's face it, after all, that's the only part we care about So here are a few picture that can help (sorry for the crappy quality, I took them with my phone). Bear in mind: one square is 5 mm, while the lines are set at 1 mm distance from one another. Batch 1: Very small nibs 1. Venustas Schreiber (2-3 mm) 2. Lamy 2000 (6-7 mm); 3. Pilot capless/vanishing point (7-8 mm); 4. Parker 25 (1.2 cm); 5. Kaweko Sport vintage (1.3 cm); 6. Waterman 92 (1.8 cm); http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsza9dhxbq.jpeg?t=1453030210 Batch 2: Small nibs 1. Lamy standard nib (1.75 cm); 2. Jinhao standard nib (1.85 cm); 3. Jean Pierre Lepine steel nib (JoWo? Not sure about that) (1.9 cm); 4. Waterman LeMan 100 (1.9 cm); 5. 1905 Waterman eyedropper, 2-size nib (1.9 cm) 6. OMAS A.M. 87 small size (2 cm) 7. Warranted nib on an Osmia-Faber Castell (2.1 cm) http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpszphis40j.jpeg Batch 3: More small nibs! 1. OMAS vintage Extra Lucens Lady size (1.75 cm); 2. Hero Fude nib (1.9 cm); 3. Parker duofold oblique (1.9 cm); 4. Minerva (OMAS) vintage nib (2 cm); 5. Cross Century II (1.9 cm); 6. Faber Castell Ambition, JoWo nib? (1.9 cm); 7. Faber Castell Ondoro, JoWo nib? (2 cm) http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbwyucihe.jpeg Batch 4: Medium sized nibs 1. Marlen XXI century (2.1 cm) 2. Pilot custom kaede, n.10 size (2.2 cm) 3. Platinum Music Nib (2.25 cm) 4. Aurora Optima (2.35 cm) 5. Aurora Dante Inferno (2.35 cm) 6. Aurora 18k nib (2.4 cm) http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshwtfznsd.jpeg Batch 5: more medium-sized nibs 1. Delta 14k small nib (2.05 cm); 2. Pilot custom 74, n. 5 (2 cm); 3. Pilot Nippon Art Maki-e, n.5 (2 cm); 4. Marlene Vitis (2.05 cm); 5. Waterman Carene (2.05 cm); 6. Montblanc 234 1/2 (2.05 cm); 7.Esterbrook standard nib (2.25 cm). http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsgflz4npi.jpeg Batch 6: Medium-to-large sized nib 1. Parker Duofold Mosaic (2.05 cm) 2. Sailor Zoom nib (2.1 cm) 3. Pelikan 100 (2.2 cm) 4. Pineider green ebonite, Bock nib (2.35 cm) 5. OMAS Society (2.4 cm) 6. OMAS Arte Italiana celluloid (2.4 cm) http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsyvzufqen.jpeg Batch 7: Large nibs 1. Conklin modern nib, Bock manufacture (2.3 cm) 2. OMAS Goya limited edition (2.4 cm) 3. Marlen Art Nouveau (2.4 cm) 4. Pilot falcon nib on a Pilot 743, n. 15 (2.4 cm) 5. Visconti Van Gogh oversize, old series, Bock manufacture (2.5 cm) 6. Pilot custom 845, n. 15 nib (2.45 cm) 7. Montblanc 149 (2.8 cm) http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s633/Tasso-Barbasso/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsgobxtmsa.jpeg hope this helps! cheers, Fabio
  3. What are the best instruments to use to get accurate measurements of fountain pens? I want to measure weight (and I assume a postal or kitchen scale would be adequate for that). Is a caliper the best instrument for measuring diameter? I want to measure barrel and grip diameter. Thanks, Susan





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