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Vintage Pens With Their Nibs, And A Brief Writing Sample



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Great,

 

if you can write like this with a Gillot's 659 (or even Gillot's 291... or vintage Soennecken 241 etc.), you can write with everything!

Those Crow Quill's and mapping nips are the prototypes of needlepoint flex to me.

Fascinating nibs. Anyway i haven't mastered writing those by now...

 

Best

Jens

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I agree that Stompie's writing is amazing. Stompie, you following? Any chance of getting a similar demonstration using vintage?

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That's a gorgeous Pelikan, Christof! (and its flexy personality really shows off that ink!)

Moderation in everything, including moderation.

--Mark Twain

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I agree that Stompie's writing is amazing. Stompie, you following? Any chance of getting a similar demonstration using vintage?

 

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A little political commentary today (again), but not by me. Instead, here is Alice's version of "It is what it is." The entire quote follows:

 

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

 

The pen is about as generic as vintage gets - a humble black hard rubber 52V, However, the nib is a bit special. The range is moderately broad (XXF-BBB) and that enables very narrow hairlines. To me, that is an essential property of a good nib. This one also has excellent tipping and decent snap. All in all, fun to write with, Ink is Waterman Serenity Blue.

 

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A little political commentary today, but not by me. Instead, here is Alice's version of "It is what it is." The entire quote follows:

 

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

 

The pen is about as generic as vintage gets - a humble black hard rubber 52V, However, the nib is a bit special. The range is moderately broad (XXF-BBB) and that enables very narrow hairlines. To me, that is an essential property of a good nib. This one also has excellent tipping and decent snap. All in all, fun to write with,

 

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Very nice, Cunim!

 

One more great nib in your collection... and a beautiful handwriting, too.

Is this an artist's nib?

 

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Jens

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Very nice, Cunim!

 

One more great nib in your collection... and a beautiful handwriting, too.

Is this an artist's nib?

 

Best wishes

Jens

 

Jens, I don't think it's an artist nib. Rather, it is just an ultra-fine flex nib made for general use. Two indications of that - 1) It writes well unflexed. 2) When flexed, it takes a bit of skill because you have to keep the tine spread perpendicular to the stroke. Artists don't tend to do that.

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Jens, I don't think it's an artist nib. Rather, it is just an ultra-fine flex nib made for general use. Two indications of that - 1) It writes well unflexed. 2) When flexed, it takes a bit of skill because you have to keep the tine spread perpendicular to the stroke. Artists don't tend to do that.

Ah, I see. Thank you. A fascinating nib anyway.

 

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Jens

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SchaumburgSwan

Hi,

 

this is my finest stub and my oldest pen.

A pre-1907 Mabie Todd & Bard Swan 3003 eyedropper with "short nib, fine" as it was called those times.

And when they said fine, a very fine nib was meant:

This one gives 0.28 to 0.30mm lines vertically and 0.21mm horizontally on paper. Some flex, too.

 

 

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Jens

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My Montblanc Nobless I am not sure I have posted this image somewhere in this Forum.

I am doing some more pictures. for this thread.

 

Very interesting thread indeed. :)

 

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A little political commentary today (again), but not by me. Instead, here is Alice's version of "It is what it is." The entire quote follows:

 

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

 

The pen is about as generic as vintage gets - a humble black hard rubber 52V, However, the nib is a bit special. The range is moderately broad (XXF-BBB) and that enables very narrow hairlines. To me, that is an essential property of a good nib. This one also has excellent tipping and decent snap. All in all, fun to write with, Ink is Waterman Serenity Blue.

 

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Beautiful pen and it is very majestic in a skilful hand.

Lovely writing , neat and beautiful!!!

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Cjayant, thanks for the kind comments. I look forward to seeing more of your contributions. I hear that vintage MB nibs can be very fine flex writers, but I have no direct experience with them. I am curious about the characteristics of vintage European nibs in general, and there are some really lovely examples in this thread. Hoping for more.

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Here's a pen that I have shot before.  I keep coming back to it because it represents vintage virtues that are rarely found together.  Most importantly, it writes well with good flex range and excellent snap back.  It is a pleasure to write with and to hold.  Though it looks small, it is comfortable when posted and the celluloid body (pretty sure it is) has a feel that sets it apart from "resin".

 

What adds to my appreciation is that this scruffy little pen is not very valuable.  I can reach for it as I leave the house, without being in terror that it will sneak out of my shirt pocket or that I will forget it somewhere.  If misfortune happens, may the next owner enjoy it as much as i I did.

 

The ink is Diamine Earl Grey.

 

 

 

 

 

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mizgeorge

Just the sort of pen I love :) - and that's an ink I like very much indeed as well!

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Schaumburg_Swan

Hi,

 

wow, what a nice and precious celluloid!

And the writing looks very good.

A great pen, no matter if it's prize tag is underrated...

 

Best wishes and enjoy

Jens

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