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Hello, I seem to have come across something strange, (atleast it seems strange to me). I have about 8 or 9 Parker 45s including various flighters with various sized nibs the vast major being 14k. I have noticed that on all of the 14k nibs save for one that the slit does not go all the way up into the breather hole. I find this odd unless I'm missing something. Is this some kind of error? All of the nibs are marked "Parker 14k MADE IN USA" I know I saw in another post that someone encountered the same problem and cut the slit all the way to the breather hole. Any ideas as to the reason for this? There has to be some explaination right? The pictures below show the 14k nib with the slit up to the breather and 2 nibs that are almost to the breather hole. I apologize for the the picture quality. On a side note all of the steel nibs have the slit all the way into the breather hole. Will this effect the pens performance? I have also included a screenshot of the P 45 nibs from http://www.fivestarpens.com/parker_nibs.html which shows a variation between not fully slit and fully slit.

 

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah48/Davide_Borrelli/e44c6bca-6ba9-4bc4-9dbc-517b82e961bc_zpsgoa3ug7b.jpg

 

 

 

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah48/Davide_Borrelli/5b9030df-9067-49c8-98af-ea1ff807e711_zpsyr8ywkxh.jpg

 

 

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah48/Davide_Borrelli/06607f4f-c51a-4c27-ac49-129e4076ea5b_zpsxz7eh4hx.jpg

 

 

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah48/Davide_Borrelli/Screen%20Shot%202015-11-02%20at%2012.28.50%20PM_zpsex8tnqei.png

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Parker 45 nibs seem to vary in this respect. Some of mine are slit all of the way up to the breather hole and some aren't. It doesn't seem to make any difference.

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In my experience the nibs that I have that are slit all the way write wetter than a nib of the same size that isn't. However there are so many variables such as the width of the slit that it's hard to know for sure if this is really the case. Thanks for you response. Has any one encountered a steel nib that is not slit all the way? Just wondering if this phenomenon was isolated to the gold P45 nibs.


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in case of pelikan pens ... the shorter slit meant that the nibs could withstand more pressure and could be used with carbon paper, these were called manifold nibs...

 

could this be an attempt my parker at the manifold nibs or just a quality control issue ... not sure.

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All of mine are gold, so I don't know about steel nibs. One of mine is 10ct gold which seems really odd. I never even knew that 10ct gold existed.

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in case of pelikan pens ... the shorter slit meant that the nibs could withstand more pressure and could be used with carbon paper, these were called manifold nibs...

 

could this be an attempt my parker at the manifold nibs or just a quality control issue ... not sure.

 

I think this theory might be the case. My fully slit gold nib seems... almost flexible while the others are ridgid. I can get some line variation and shading out of the fully slit 14k nib with little to no pressure.

 

Chrissy would you mind posting a picture of the 10ct nib, seems interesting.

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