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Cross century II nib confusion : Steel nib vs golden nib ?


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Which is smoothest among two - 23K gold nib or steel nib?

 

What is the difference between these two apart from colour? Is there any difference in performance?

 

Does golden parts, like clip and nib fades over time?

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What you call a 23K gold nib is in fact a steel nib with 23K gold plating. Also true of the other gold-colored parts of the pen. The nib writes as well as a similar steel nib without gold plating would write. In my experience Cross steel nibs on the Century II are quite good.

 

The gold plating won't wear off as if by magic. It is plating of decent quality. Depending upon how much friction it receives in use, it may well wear out in spots. Mine haven't done that, but that is because I am careful with my pens. With due care you may hope for many years of good service.

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