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Hello!
I'm a self-taught calligrapher from Russia and I specialize in dipping nibs. However, I want to find a pen for everyday usage (I'm a student and have to write a lot).

I need your help as we don't have a large selection of fountain pens in Russia (only Parker and Waterman), so I cannot try other pens.

I want a pen with flexible (or semi-flex) nib (something very near to copperplate) that is cheaper then 50$. Also it would be better if a pen would be made of metall, but this is not obligatory.
Thanks for your help.

 

PS Now I'm trying to modificate a cheap parker by changing standard nib with the dip one, but it is much more scratchy, then a good pen should be)

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Consider the Noodlers Ink Fleur de Lis Konrad fountain pen ($17-20 USD). It is not a metal pen, however, but it is inexpensive.

 

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Consider the Noodlers Ink Fleur de Lis Konrad fountain pen ($17-20 USD). It is not a metal pen, however, but it is inexpensive.

It's nearly a demonstrator and I'm not a fan of them..

But if I'm not able to fing anything better, I'll take it. Definitely, the price is amazing

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The shipping cost is likely to be more than the cost of the pen in this case. PurePens in the UK would be a good source. Check their website.

 

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Hi and :W2FPN:

 

You are asking a lot: cheap, in the Parker/Waterman range with a flex nib. And a flighter too...

 

I think you won't be able to find that new. Perhaps tinkering with a dip nib instead of a normal nib, but I doubt it will work.

I would ask around in the penmanship forum, or in the repair forum.

 

By the way, what happened to Soyuz pens?

 

Anyway, hope you'll enjoy your stay here.

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Noodlers has plenty of other flexy pens. Here's a few; http://www.gouletpens.com/Noodlers_Nib_Creaper_Flex_Pens_s/903.htm

 

Another possibility is to find a cheap metal pen(Here's one from Goulet pens, again; http://www.gouletpens.com/Pilot_Metropolitan_Fountain_Pen_Silver_Zig_Zag_p/pn91102.htm) and see if the nib and feed from a Noodlers flex pen will fit into the metal pen. You might contact Goulet and see if they would look for you. THey are very customer friendly. If you ask around, someone is bound to know the size of the feed and nib, which might be a good place to start.

 

Otherwise look for a very "user grade" vintage Waterman pen on various pen boards. Better yet, post a WTB (want to buy) on here, Pentrace, and Fountain Pen Classifieds and you might get lucky. As to a metal pen with a flex nib for $50? Well, good hunting and good luck!

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I have switched the original flex nib in a Noodler's Nib Creeper pen for a Hunt 56 School round pointed nib and had it work fairly well. The pen is a piston filler so you can do quite a bit of writing without having to dip the pen. Because of the length of the nib you can't get the cap screwed on completely. Perhaps the rear of the nib could be shortened and the same with the feed and it would work...I haven't tried it. It would probably work with other dip pen nibs. Because it is a small pen other dip nibs would probably work with the feed. At $14.00 from Goulet Pens perhaps it would be affordable but plastic not metal.

 

It takes a bit to get the nib started but once started it works quite well. It does require a light hand, but if you are used to dip nibs that should not be a problem. The Hunt nib gives very nice hair lines and is quite flexible, giving nice line variation.

 

Good luck.

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You are asking a lot: cheap, in the Parker/Waterman range with a flex nib. And a flighter too...

 

By the way, what happened to Soyuz pens?

 

Perhaps tinkering with a dip nib instead of a normal nib, but I doubt it will work.

 

 

 

I mean that I cannot find other pens offline in Russia, I'm not looking for Parker or Waterman)

 

I've got a Soyuz with gold flex nib, but I don't like it as it's scratchy, uncomfortable for me and without pressure it does a Medium line

 

My pen works with a dip nib, but dip nibs are too thin, so it doesn't work really good.. Maybe I'll find some useful information here, how to improve me construction)

 

 

 

 

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Noodlers has plenty of other flexy pens. Here's a few; http://www.gouletpens.com/Noodlers_Nib_Creaper_Flex_Pens_s/903.htm

 

Another possibility is to find a cheap metal pen(Here's one from Goulet pens, again; http://www.gouletpens.com/Pilot_Metropolitan_Fountain_Pen_Silver_Zig_Zag_p/pn91102.htm) and see if the nib and feed from a Noodlers flex pen will fit into the metal pen. You might contact Goulet and see if they would look for you. THey are very customer friendly. If you ask around, someone is bound to know the size of the feed and nib, which might be a good place to start.

 

Otherwise look for a very "user grade" vintage Waterman pen on various pen boards. Better yet, post a WTB (want to buy) on here, Pentrace, and Fountain Pen Classifieds and you might get lucky. As to a metal pen with a flex nib for $50? Well, good hunting and good luck!

 

Thanks very much, it's extremely useful information!

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I have switched the original flex nib in a Noodler's Nib Creeper pen for a Hunt 56 School round pointed nib and had it work fairly well. The pen is a piston filler so you can do quite a bit of writing without having to dip the pen. Because of the length of the nib you can't get the cap screwed on completely. Perhaps the rear of the nib could be shortened and the same with the feed and it would work...I haven't tried it. It would probably work with other dip pen nibs. Because it is a small pen other dip nibs would probably work with the feed. At $14.00 from Goulet Pens perhaps it would be affordable but plastic not metal.

 

It takes a bit to get the nib started but once started it works quite well. It does require a light hand, but if you are used to dip nibs that should not be a problem. The Hunt nib gives very nice hair lines and is quite flexible, giving nice line variation.

 

Good luck.

 

I had excatly same problem with my pen and it did work, when I shortened the rear of the dip nib.

 

As to me - the biggest problem with dip nibs in fountain pens is to find the nib of appropriate sixe and form, that will fit the feeder.

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добро пожаловать!

 

It will be very interesting to hear about the fountain pen situation in Russia. Good to have you.

 

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