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A 1.1 width is about my limit for work. I have a broad oblique that is a 1.3 and that is almost too wide. Actually, I love my Franklin Christoph Panther with a Matsuyama medium italic nib. It is amazing crisp, clean, yet very easy to write with, even taking quick notes (which is the majority of what I write with). Since we are on the subject of Mike Matsuyama, I just sent him 2 Pilot Vanishing Points and an extra stub nib unit for what I call "optimizing". I am looking forward to his excellent work on them.

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I use a wartime Sheaffer Vigilant with a Greg Minuskin 0.5 stub. A neat writer!

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Cheap way to find out if italic nibs will work for you. Not sure if these were true sharp italic nibs or they are more like a cursive italic. But the attached scribble was written at speed. The pen is a really cheap squeeze filler. I expect a gold nib ground by a nib meister on a high end pen will be much nicer.9b1287d28f9882ec6801c0f7e602f583.jpeg

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Cheap way to find out if italic nibs will work for you. Not sure if these were true sharp italic nibs or they are more like a cursive italic. But the attached scribble was written at speed. The pen is a really cheap squeeze filler. I expect a gold nib ground by a nib meister on a high end pen will be much nicer.

Good luck with the grind!

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I usually have a Franklin Christoph 66 with a medium italic, and a Parson's Essential fine cursive italic with me at work. Depends on what I'm doing though, so I also take a Pilot Custom 823 fine and a Pilot Custom Heritage 912 FA just for fun.

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Parker 51 with 1.2 stub and Montblanc 144 with 1.2 mm italic. I use them when I feel uppity.

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I use two pens at work: 1.1 cursive italic and 1.1 stub.

Cursive italic is loaded KWZI IG Green Gold and is used for signing, doodling and personal notes.

Stub is loaded with KWZI IG Blue Black, it a bit easier to wield and I use it for longer notes and for signing into one specific log book where we are required by law to use permanent Blue or Black ink.

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I've been using a Mabie Todd ringtop lately...it has a lovely, flexy stub that gives a lot of thick-and-thin without a struggle.

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I have two beautiful cursive italics, one 149 and one Tribute, custom ground by John Sorowka, which I use every day at work and at home.

Here's one sample. Sorry about the picture quality - it's a quick snapshot I took with my phone.

 

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If it's extended notes in a long meeting I will usually use a round nib rather than one of my stubs. That being said, some of those are pretty wide. An OB on a M200, a B on a 3776 Century, a stubbed B on a 580..... the 1.1's on my Al Star and Eco get a bit less use for that purpose. But I might use a Fine on one of a number of different pens as well.

Brad

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Cheap way to find out if italic nibs will work for you. Not sure if these were true sharp italic nibs or they are more like a cursive italic. But the attached scribble was written at speed. The pen is a really cheap squeeze filler. I expect a gold nib ground by a nib meister on a high end pen will be much nicer.9b1287d28f9882ec6801c0f7e602f583.jpeg

I have three of these Platignum Silver Line pens. Writing with them is a nostalgic thing for me, as my first learning pen was a Silver Line set, bought for five bucks in Singapore in 1974. Used them unaltered, went through a LOT of them for six years or so. Then got into sharpening nibs, with great results on the Platignums. Write well, just seem to go through them fairly fast. They are a great way to study calligraphy and a great first-time fountain pen.

 

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Ive tried using my Lamy Al-Star with a 1.5 and 1.9mm italic nib as a note taker at work but I just find that the results are never pleasing as the speed with which one needs to take notes doesnt lend itself to a good

 

Im interested as to whether anyone regularly uses a stub/italic nib at the office and what their experience is?

 

Good point Sean. I use a 1.1mm all the time. I'd also try a SIG broad from Franklin, they're a lot of fun, and also try to get a hold of a Nimosene 08 mm. That's the one I'd like to try. Try to make sure you're nib is set up for a heavier flow by widening the tines. If you're unfamiliar with that, try a wetter ink. I'm sure many have chimed in. Edited by Bill Wood
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I prefer a stub/italic for daily work and note taking.

My preferred EDC that works perfectly for writing quickly is either a Pilot Prera with a Plumix 0.9~1.0mm stub nib paired with a wet waterproof ink or any pen with a Goulet 1.1 stub (smoothest nib I own, writes insanely fast) with an ink of average wetness. I cannot recommend the Goulet stub highly enough!

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I’m conducting an experiment next week: I have a Waterman Lady Elsa, a beautiful pen with a mediocre nib. I’ve been contemplating how one can improve the writing quality of this thing, and I finally concluded that I must grind the nib to a stub.

Well, a person who knows what he’s doing must grind the nib, so I asked Mr. Minuskin to take on the project. He replied that the Lady Elsa has a steel nib and he doesn’t DO steel.

Back to square one, you might say, but I’d thought about replacing the nib long enough to buy a broken pen with an 18k nib of the same type, so Mr. Minuskin will happily grind this thing to my requirements.

Updates will follow.

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For meeting notes, I find a round nib best for quick note taking. It's just easier. Now, I may still have a stub or italic nibbed pen in my pocket in that meeting, but it will always depend on how much note taking and how quick I need to do it.

Brad

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"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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@Sid, I use stubs / italics as my every day writers. If Greg cannot do it, other nibmeisters will work with steel.

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As it happens, I got the pen back some days ago, and it’s now a much more expressive writer. I may have to repeat the experiment on a medium-point, if there’s a nibmeister who’ll tweak a steel nib.

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I am mostly retired my input has limited value. When I was working full time, I took am IPad to meetings. I took notes of info that was to be disseminated down the chain. And forwarded those to my assistant who put them in an emails. Most of my signatures were done with a stamp. I was able to use a very broad nib at my digression. Since retiring my needs were generally lecturing and writing notes on the lesson plan, still appropriate for a broad nib.

Now my duties consist of keeping a journal and writing down honeydos, plans for a recipe etc. I use a 1.9 mm nib when using black ink and a 1.5 for blue. I have a MB 149 BB which. Is about a 1.1 . It holds a ton of ink if I need it.

The line width of the paper I am using influences my choice more than anything.

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I am mostly retired my input has limited value. When I was working full time, I took am IPad to meetings. I took notes of info that was to be disseminated down the chain. And forwarded those to my assistant who put them in an emails. Most of my signatures were done with a stamp. I was able to use a very broad nib at my digression. Since retiring my needs were generally lecturing and writing notes on the lesson plan, still appropriate for a broad nib.

Now my duties consist of keeping a journal and writing down honeydos, plans for a recipe etc. I use a 1.9 mm nib when using black ink and a 1.5 for blue. I have a MB 149 BB which. Is about a 1.1 . It holds a ton of ink if I need it.

The line width of the paper I am using influences my choice more than anything.

Nowhere near retirement, but with the move to online courses I don't even use a pen to mark or comment on student's work anymore. I use a tablet and program to do this on a screen.

 

As a result, my notepad, a sophisticated stack of already-used paper helped together with a binder clip, is my primary use of a fountain pen. Nice thing is that there are no rulings, and no rules!

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