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Variability In Sailor Naginata-Togi Nib Size


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A few months ago I acquired a Sailor 911 with a MF Naginata-togi nib. I was so impressed by the writing quality that I decided to purchase a second example. I've very recently taken delivery of a Sailor Demonstrator, again with a MF Naginata-tog nibi. To my astonishment, its line width is probably a full size greater than the first example of MF that I purchased. That's both on the cross stroke and downstroke. Too wide for me, in fact. I'm flummoxed. Has anyone else experienced such variability?

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You're experience matches mine. In part, I suspect it's due to the hand-finished nature of the nib. The Naginata Togi nibs also seem to differ wildly in terms of ink flow. My last couple Naginata Togi nibs had noticeable gaps between the tipping material, which led to an over-abundance of ink flow. It seems to be very much the luck of the draw with these nibs. Fortunately, I won mine for relatively low prices at an auction, so I deceided I could afford to spend a little money and have them adjusted by Mike Masuyama.

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You're experience matches mine. In part, I suspect it's due to the hand-finished nature of the nib. The Naginata Togi nibs also seem to differ wildly in terms of ink flow. My last couple Naginata Togi nibs had noticeable gaps between the tipping material, which led to an over-abundance of ink flow. It seems to be very much the luck of the draw with these nibs. Fortunately, I won mine for relatively low prices at an auction, so I deceided I could afford to spend a little money and have them adjusted by Mike Masuyama.

 

Any experience with having these nibs re-ground, Jezza?

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Any experience with having these nibs re-ground, Jezza?

Absolutely--and it was a total success. I wanted to keep the characteristics of the Naginata Togi, but scale-down the overall size and flow. I basically told Masuyama that I wanted the pen to write like a Pilot fine at a high angle and a Pilot bold at a lower angle with a medium flow. I provided those nib widths--and samples--because they were what I had on hand, but anything would probably work. No affiliation with Masuyama; just a satisfied patron.

 

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I own only one, a MF in a Pro Gear Relao (piston filler). So I lack a comparison. But I am quite satisfied; line variation is decent and the flow just about medium. Only tried it with one Iroshizuo, but again - nice :)

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Absolutely--and it was a total success. I wanted to keep the characteristics of the Naginata Togi, but scale-down the overall size and flow. I basically told Masuyama that I wanted the pen to write like a Pilot fine at a high angle and a Pilot bold at a lower angle with a medium flow. I provided those nib widths--and samples--because they were what I had on hand, but anything would probably work. No affiliation with Masuyama; just a satisfied patron.[/size]

Thanks for the heads up. I think I will have to do likewise........

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I had my MF tuned by Mike-it-Work and it writes excellent, wet and smooth, yet with a touch of feedback that helps control this wild nib. I'm not sure than anyone has any use for anything larger than a MF (aside from writing on posterboards :lol: ). It is a bold line in my opinion, but maybe that's just the variation that may/may not be present on these.

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i only have one sailor pen that came with NFM nib. i find it disappointing. though it gives a perfect line width, it is way scratchier than i expected. i heard from other members that that's pretty much the standard of N-t nibs. that there is NO single standard.

-rudy-

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