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It's that time of year again when I get itchy for a new pen! After browsing through brands and models I've tentatively settled on getting an Architect's Point nib from one of the pretty urushi Nakaya pens. Now the question is, which nib should I choose to start the grind off from?

 

Medium, Broad, or Extra Broad?

 

Some background: I love big contrasts in line variation, so anything that heightens that would be awesome. I heard that Bs and BBs produce wider line variations than the M when ground into Architect's Point--is this true? What's the widest width capable from an AP ground from a B/BB nib versus M nib?

 

I'm also concerned about the low ink capacity of Nakaya cartridge convertors (0.5ml of ink!), so I don't want something that writes so broad that it eats up all my ink within a few writing sessions.

 

Thanks in advance for your help, Nakaya writers!

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Certainly you get wider line variation with an architect point ground from, say, a (round) B nib than from an M nib. I say "round" because some B or BB nibs are essentially stubs, and the tipping on that type of nib may not have enough vertical thickness to support a useable architect grind.

 

I posted some writing samples with a Jowo M and B nib reground to architect by Pablo at FPNibs.com:

http://www.fountainp...-2#entry4160198

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If you're not going to do it yourself, go direct to Nakaya, they do custom grinds and after all they are the top specialists in the world for the Nakaya/Platinum 3776 nib.

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I have several Nakaya BB ground to Architect Point by John Mottishaw and they are superb. I also have several Pelikans ground to AP from B or BB by Dan Smith which are equally good.

 

If you want good line variation, the broader nibs should work better for you than say a Medium, especially in a Japanese nib, although of course the broader nibs lay down ink faster.

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Thanks for all the answers, guys!

 

Looking at the replies it seems a Medium or a Broad are better for what I have in mind. Going by the logic, would the "thin" line of a Medium ground AP run finer than one from a Broad? I do like pens that write slim.

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For the two architect nibs I have, the vertical lines are about equally thin, but the maximum horizontal line is of course thicker with the B nib. When the pens are held nearly vertical, either nib can also produce a thin horizontal.

 

The details may depend on who does the grind and how you specify you want it. Especially important is to tell or show the nibmeister the angle from the vertical at which you normally hold a pen.

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I see, thanks for the feedback! Looks like there’s more at stake with an Architect grind than I expected. I’m going to keep this info for future reference. :)

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