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Hello! I apologize if this has been discussed (which I am sure it has, many times), but after using the search function I could only find discussions regarding compatibility of the Venus nib units in the Esterbrook J series - not much information regarding comparisons to the Renew-point nib units.


For those of you who have written with both product lines, how do they compare in terms of smoothness, wetness, and line width? More specifically, how would you compare those qualities for the Ventus Fine vs the Renew-point X556s, the Ventus Medium vs the Renew-point 1551/X668s, and the Ventus Broad vs the Renew-point X968s?

Being a student, I am extremely tight on funds at the moment and it is taking a great deal of self-control to not purchase and experiment with every variant of nib unit I see online :)


PS: My favourite nib unit out of my Esterbrooks thus far is ironically a bent 1551, which I cannot tell for certain whether the previous owner bent it purposefully or accidentally. Nonetheless, it's an absolute blast to write with. Very smooth, wet, and has the perfect line width. My only 1551 is this bent one, so I'm not really sure how these qualities compare to a NOS 1551 :P.

“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain.

My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course.

Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” - Graham Greene

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I have a Venus Fine

Also have 1555 Gregg(2), 1551, 9550(2), 9450, 2464


The 9450/9550 are EF, the 2464 a B, the 1555 more fine than anything else. If memory serves the 1551 is a medium. To be honest I like both the 1555 Gregg and the Venus fine, but don't know if I really have a preference. I do have a 1555 Gregg (firm fine) that is sitting unused. If you want it just let me know.


"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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