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Skyline Gold Award Standard And Demi Side By Side



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Here are a couple pictures of Skyline Gold Award pens side by side. The larger of the two is a "standard" (but it is an odd standard as it measures 5.5 inches capped). The smaller of the two is a demi, measuring in at 4 and 7/8ths (4.875) inches capped.

 

The bigger of the two came with a nice fine (very) flex nib, the demi came with a more typical slight flex (almost miniscule flex) with a medium tip.

 

It is worth noting that BOTH the body and the cap are longer on the standard Gold Award pens.

 

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Prior to purchasing the Demi, I had read somewhere that the caps for the standard and demi were interchangeable. This claim is very commonly said when describing the demi.

I wanted to make sure that when compared directly, although the threads DO match, the standard cap is longer. The section does look to be the same length on both pens.

This may explain why we see some 5 inch demi pens, and 5 and 1/8th standards for sale. The demi got swapped a longer standard cap, and the standard got swapped a shorter demi cap.

 

One other interesting data point.... really good flexy nibs in the Skyline family seem uncommon. Most of them are nails to miniscule flex, but true flexy, spreading to over 1.5mm

appears to be much harder to find. The first Skyline which was purchased was very flexy (over 2mm flex), and it sparked my interest in the Skyline family. All subsequent purchases

have not demonstrated any significant degree of flex (less than 1mm of useful flex).

 

This is where I get into opinion, as versus fact. I have many other brands of pens with flex nibs.

The one (and only one) sample of a Skyline flex nib is smoother than all the rest, and most tolerant of flex pressure while the pens stroke is not straight down, such as writing an "O",

and applying pressure in the top quarter of the O to begin the flex. This nib is the most novice-friendly flex nib I have found. On the downside, a novice might learn bad habits which

would damage a flex nib which requires more "expert" level of use.

 

And always remember, the cap, body, nor the section of the Executive model will fit the standard or demi model. They are a creature unto themselves.

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