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A Plurality Of Nib Types



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I thought I'd start a topic to show a the working surfaces of a few of my nibs, and to show a bit of the variety of designs that are out there.

 

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Montblanc B

The Montblanc broads are more of a stub than a pure broad, which makes them very much nicer than the more usual fines and mediums. If you buy a Montblanc, get a B or a BB!

 

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Pilot MYU 701

A fine nib from the 70s, it provides a very nice, fine line.

 

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1970s era Pilot Elite F

This one is another older Pilot F nib, and is great to write with, if you get the angle right.

 

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Pilot Elite 95S F

A more modern version of a Pilot F nib. The tipping is a lot longer than the older nib. This nib is smoother over a greater range of writing angle.

 

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Pilot SF

Another modern version of the Pilot fine. Almost a lozenge shape, these provide a very smooth writing experience.

 

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Sailor HF

The Sailor fine uses much less tipping, and like the older Pilot, is smooth provided the angle of your pen is right.

 

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Sailor Naginata Togi NMF

The famous Naginata nib gives broad lines on the cross stroke, and can be used for Japanese calligraphic effects.

 

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Sailor Saibi Togi

A super-fine nib with the tipping ground to an inverted pyramid, gives a very fine line, but requires a light touch and is somewhat finicky to use.

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Pre-war SSS

The tipping is a bit wonky, but this is a flexible nib, so the spreading of the tines compensates for the tipping.

 

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Stipula CI

A crisp italic nib grind. Quite sharp edges here, by comparison with the Montblanc, it gives more pronounced variation, but is somewhat finicky about the nib being flat on the page.

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Pilot MYU 701

A fine nib from the 70s, it provides a very nice, fine line.

 

 

What is that gooey stuff? It looks as if the feed melted?

 

Anyway nice pictures, great to see them from the other side, the business side of things :3

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What is that gooey stuff? It looks as if the feed melted?

The Feed on the Murex/Myu has a sort of lacquer look that's dry but dark black, I'll have a pic of my Long Murex in a sec.

 

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http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/murex/undernib.jpg

 

Though only the exposed portion of the feed has a deep black lacquer look to it. The portion of the feed that remains hidden is grey by comparison.

 

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/murex/disassembled.jpg

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Pilot Long Murex (October 1978) - <F> Nib (The little 'bumps' on the feed is physical and 'shiny', it's not water or ink)

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/murex.jpg

 

Parker 45 CT (Early 60s) - 14K Fine Nib

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/45ct.jpg

 

Bexley Tuckaway (Discontinued Modern ~ 2008) - Bexley Steel Fine

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/bexley.jpg

 

Eversharp Skyline Demi (40s) - 14K EF

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/demi.jpg

 

Pilot Elite (March 11th, 1970) - 18K Soft Fine

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/elite.jpg

 

Parker Ellipse (2000-2002) - 18K Fine

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/ellipse.jpg

 

Lamy 2000 (Post-2009) - 14K EF

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/l2k.jpg

 

Pelikan M250 ('92-'96) - 14K Medium

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/m250.jpg

 

Montblanc 225 (70s) - 14K XXF (western sizing, only marking on nib is 585), Platinum Coated

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/mb225.jpg

 

Franklin-Christoph #6 Steel 1.9 Music Nib

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/musicnib.jpg

 

Franklin-Christoph #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Grind (Steel)

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/needlepoint.jpg

 

Pelikan Steel 1.0 (probably from an MC120)

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/pelikanstub.jpg

 

Pilot Petit1 (Modern) - Steel <F> Fine

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/petit.jpg

 

Platinum PTL-10000 (Modern) - 18K Medium

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/ptl10k.jpg

 

Eversharp Skyline Standard (40s) - 14K Medium~Broad (Flexy)

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/skyline.jpg

 

Taccia Momenta (Modern/Discontinued) - Steel "Iridium Point Germany" Medium

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/taccia.jpg

 

Sheaffer Tuckaway Valiant Vac-Fill ('45-47) - 14K Medium Triumph Nib

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/tucky.jpg

 

Parker Vacumatic (1940) - 14K Fine

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/vacumatic.jpg

 

Unbranded 14K Warranted Sort of an "Arabic Nib", Western Medium across, Western Fine Down.

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/warranted.jpg

 

Eversharp Skyline Yellow Cab Edition (1995) - 14K Broad

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/yellowcab.jpg

 

Quick Write sample of the currently inked pens for writtencomparison.

 

http://static.karlblessing.com/pens/nibs/under/write_dec2014.jpg

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What is that gooey stuff? It looks as if the feed melted?

 

Anyway nice pictures, great to see them from the other side, the business side of things :3

 

Ink, mostly, but there's a lacquer on the feed that seems to have bubbled with age. Karl's Murex seems to have a less severe case of the same problem.

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Pilot Long Murex (October 1978) - <F> Nib (The little 'bumps' on the feed is physical and 'shiny', it's not water or ink)

 

 

Parker 45 CT (Early 60s) - 14K Fine Nib

 

 

Bexley Tuckaway (Discontinued Modern ~ 2008) - Bexley Steel Fine

 

 

Eversharp Skyline Demi (40s) - 14K EF

 

 

Pilot Elite (March 11th, 1970) - 18K Soft Fine

 

 

Parker Ellipse (2000-2002) - 18K Fine

 

 

Lamy 2000 (Post-2009) - 14K EF

 

 

Pelikan M250 ('92-'96) - 14K Medium

 

 

Montblanc 225 (70s) - 14K XXF (western sizing, only marking on nib is 585), Platinum Coated

 

 

Franklin-Christoph #6 Steel 1.9 Music Nib

 

 

Franklin-Christoph #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Grind (Steel)

 

 

Pelikan Steel 1.0 (probably from an MC120)

 

 

Pilot Petit1 (Modern) - Steel <F> Fine

 

 

Platinum PTL-10000 (Modern) - 18K Medium

 

 

Eversharp Skyline Standard (40s) - 14K Medium~Broad (Flexy)

 

 

Taccia Momenta (Modern/Discontinued) - Steel "Iridium Point Germany" Medium

 

 

Sheaffer Tuckaway Valiant Vac-Fill ('45-47) - 14K Medium Triumph Nib

 

 

Parker Vacumatic (1940) - 14K Fine

 

 

Unbranded 14K Warranted Sort of an "Arabic Nib", Western Medium across, Western Fine Down.

 

 

Eversharp Skyline Yellow Cab Edition (1995) - 14K Broad

 

 

Quick Write sample of the currently inked pens for writtencomparison.

 

A nice selection of nibs, Karl.

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A nice selection of nibs, Karl.

Missing a couple, but I'm more of a fan of almost anything western fine or smaller, particularly Japanese Fine/Extra-Fine. I keep aiming for the oddities in terms of pen models.

 

Tomorrow (or in roughly 6 hours) and likely later in the week depending on shipping I'll have three more Parker 45s (no clue as to their nibs), a Skyline with what appears to be a Fine, and a Sheaffer Tuckaway with what appears to be a an extra-fine.

 

Also the Masuyama Needlepoint above, wasn't quite the needlepoint I was expecting. It's just shy of a western EF (like a little smaller than my Goulet EF or the Petit1 Fine, but thicker than my Montblanc or Murex). But it's about as smooth as my Goulet EF and appears to write well with a featherlight touch.

 

What I'd really like to get into is a cursive or crisp italic at roughly western fine or so. (a stub wouldn't have as great a line variation between the horizontal and vertical stroke), so still researching a vintage that would offer that.

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Here's another one of the 1970s Pilot Elite, cleaned up a bit so that you can see the tipping better. The black splodge on this and several other shots is the reflection of the camera.

 

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Here's another one of the 1970s Pilot Elite, cleaned up a bit so that you can see the tipping better. The black splodge on this and several other shots is the reflection of the camera.

If you are using a tripod (I presume you may be), hold up a sheet of white paper just under the lens in front of the object or at whichever direction in front that mellows out specific reflections. Other than that I would say a circular polarizer rotated as needed.

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Oh wow, thank you for the comparisons.

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Karl your photography is fabulous. Thanks for them, as they are fascinating to see the differences.

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Troglokev's seems rather decent as well...

Agreed!

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Great photos! Karl, if you don't already have one, look into a Platinum Ultra XF nib. They're really smooth for such a fine nib, although like all nibs of this type, they have to be flossed frequently.

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This one is a Montblanc 149 that had a misadventure in the form of being dropped on its nib, losing a chunk of tipping. Fortunately there was enough left to effect a repair, and it writes a somewhat finer EF than it did out of the factory.

 

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