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Pilot Vanishing Point Nib Differences



Man O War

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A question pertaining to Vanishing Point nib sizes: Has anyone else experienced a significant difference between the fine and medium VP nibs (the silver looking gold nib rather than the black-coated gold nib)?

 

I have both a fine and a medium. The fine is almost like writing with a needle and the medium lays down a much larger, wetter line. I'm pretty experienced with fountain pens, so made sure to use the same ink and paper combinations when experimenting in order to reduce the variables. I used Iroshizuku take-sumi and standard Rhodia graph paper as well as cheaper steno pad paper in a separate test.

 

I also understand the differences between Western and Japanese nibs, i.e. a Western fine in more like a Japanese medium, Japanese nibs running approximately one size smaller than it's Western counterpart.

 

I love the idea and ease of the VP, but have been unhappy with both these nibs, either too fine or too broad for my tastes. It just seems like there is such a jump between the fine and medium... Was curious if anyone else had a similar experience or additional thoughts/comments or if I happened to get into some quality control issues.

 

Cheers,

RO

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No QC issues - just exactly that - there's a big jump between fine and med in regards to line size and wetness. I personally love both sizes for different uses - sorry they don't seem to work for you. My only suggestion would be to either have a medium ground down, or have the fine's flow adjusted by a nibmeister.

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My experience is similar. Medium and broad Pilot nibs have been like Western sizes, but fine is more like Japanese fine.

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I have a broad nib unit and a stub nib unit for my VP. Is it possible to get an oblique nib anywhere? Or would I need to get someone to grind one to oblique?

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