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I own a number of parker 45 nibs and while looking on ebay to try and track down the missing ones I came across a Y nib I have however been unable to find any information on then although it does look kind of similar to the Z nib and wondered if anyone knew abit more about them

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Nice nib. I dont know the lettering system on 45s beyond the basic nibs but from the photo that nib looks like a right-hand oblique. If they are both ROs Y and Z might refer to different line widths. If the slant angle of Z is opposite, it could be a Left Oblique.

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https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/18818-parker-45-nib-codes/page-2

 

The Z appears to be an OB - it looks from the above thread one is a right (Z) and the other a left (Y)

 

You can verify by going through it.

 

Here is another one too.

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/39284-parker-45-nib-sizes/

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Nice nib. I dont know the lettering system on 45s beyond the basic nibs but from the photo that nib looks like a right-hand oblique. If they are both ROs Y and Z might refer to different line widths. If the slant angle of Z is opposite, it could be a Left Oblique.

 

The Y nib pictured above appears to me to be a standard medium [left foot] oblique nib.

 

See for example: https://www.theonlinepencompany.com/fountain-pen-nibs.html and http://www.richardspens.com/?page=ref/nibs/flex_italic.htm

 

The information on http://parker45pens.com/nibs/ which suggests that Parker 45 'Y' nibs are reverse fine obliques is contrary to my experience and available evidence.

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The Y nib pictured above appears to me to be a standard medium [left foot] oblique nib.

 

See for example: https://www.theonlinepencompany.com/fountain-pen-nibs.html and http://www.richardspens.com/?page=ref/nibs/flex_italic.htm

 

The information on http://parker45pens.com/nibs/ which suggests that Parker 45 'Y' nibs are reverse fine obliques is contrary to my experience and available evidence.

Yes, its so confusing with left-foot being right-hand oblique. I have a Duofold #96 FRO nib, which is a Fine Reverse Oblique or right-foot/left-hand oblique! Aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhhhh! :D

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Yes, its so confusing with left-foot being right-hand oblique. I have a Duofold #96 FRO nib, which is a Fine Reverse Oblique or right-foot/left-hand oblique! Aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhhhh! :D

What do you mean left foot being right hand oblique or right foot/left hand oblique? Is this the idea that the left foot oblique is for right handed people and the right foot oblique is for left handed people to write with? Or is this some kind of other Parker terminology?

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Is this the idea that the left foot oblique is for right handed people and the right foot oblique is for left handed people to write with? Or is this some kind of other Parker terminology?

Yes, that’s the idea, in general usage. Parker official terminology would call the left-foot nib “Oblique” along with the line width (e.g. FO - Fine Oblique) and the right-foot oblique “Reverse Oblique” (e.g. Fine Reverse Oblique).

 

Just as an aside, these nibs are recommended for left or right handed writers but individual preference can vary. I’m left handed and I use both of them.

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I won the auction and got the pen for what I feel was a fairly decent price given the nib that was fitted and the fact the seller knew what it was. So it should be with me by the end of the week given that the slant looks to be going the same way on both I think the best way to tell the difference and provide some kind of answer to the question will be to compare how the two behave when inked

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Congratulations on your win. The Parker 45 is an often overlooked fountain pen - I rate them pretty highly and that looks an interesting nib you have there. Enjoy...

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And to think I was amazed when I got a mere fine 14K nib instead of the 14K mediums that seemed to come with every 45 I bought.

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