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So, I am usually using Japanese pens/nibs for my writing style, but I'm wondering what nib size I should go for when purchasing a western model of pen(*my first Edison*). I tried a Pelikan twist in a medium nib that I really liked, so should I go with that size or get my usual size which is a fine?

 

Thanks all! I appreciate the help!

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It's hard to predict what someone else wants. I personally like having different experiences across nibs.

 

I believe you can swap out Edison nibs so you could get another one if you don't like it or want a change. Or get two!

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7 hours ago, dragondazd said:

It's hard to predict what someone else wants. I personally like having different experiences across nibs.

 

I believe you can swap out Edison nibs so you could get another one if you don't like it or want a change. Or get two!

 

An "Edison nib" is just a Jowo nib with an Edison logo on it. Yes, they are easily swapped.

 

You can use the nib comparison tool on Goulet Pen Co.'s website to see approximate line widths of many nibs. I'd compare your Japanese pens to another known Jowo nib pen.

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18 hours ago, Rosendust said:

I tried a Pelikan twist in a medium nib that I really liked, so should I go with that size or get my usual size which is a fine?

 

I'm not sure, on account of what you've written above, how exactly do you want or expect your new pen to perform.

 

Do you want it not to write akin to the Fine nibs you're used to, irrespective of whether that would leave it usable for normal writing style, because you liked the Medium nib on the Pelikan Twist? Or do you want it to not write like the Twist's nib in terms of line width but finer, yet somehow shares the as-yet-unspecified quality that endears that nib to you? If it's the latter, then you should first look hard at why you like the Twist's nib, and identify and articulate (at least to yourself) what makes it enjoyable to use.

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