Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

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My new nib

I have a Pelikan M600, in green stripe celluloid, not too different from the pen in the picture at I think mine may be an older design that is little less fat, and it has a nib totally different from the one shown here. It has a smallish 18-karat gold single-tone fine nib -- and I don't like that nib's writing characteristics, so the pen has just been sitting around most of the time.

But Pelikan nibs are unusual -- you can take the nib and feed out as a whole by simply unscrewing it, and all you need is your bare hands. This means I can change that nib very easily. So I decided to buy one of Richard Binder's "ItaliFine" nibs:

I am told that the nib will make it to the post office on Thursday.

I lean towards cursive italic nibs, because I write in cursive italic. I'm not sure I can make much use of the reversibility, but I'm willing to try it.

I'm really looking forward to this, because one thing I haven't liked is not having an italic Pelikan.

I do have other italic pens. There's one of these Sheaffer things you can get for a few dollars, which actually came as part of the cursive italic lesson kit I used. Thas pen works really well, although it isn't the most comfortable to hold.

I have a Stipula Duetto like the brown ('cognac') one shown at, except mine has gold-plated trim; actually I have two of them like that, but only of them has an italic nib. You can buy a Duetto with an italic nib, but mine is a medium nib re-ground by John Mottishaw into a fine cursive italic. This nib works wonderfully, but the Duetto grip design doesn't suit me as well as it used to when my hands were bad in the way they were during my 'Duetto period'. (The 2nd Duetto was so I would have something to write with while Mottishaw had the 1st.)

Then also I have a Sheaffer Balance II, re-ground by Mottishaw into a 'stubby cursive italic'; we made it more stubby because this nib was relatively flexible and not really suited for italic use. But the nib works great; the main drawback is this pen has a broader tip, it is adjusted for a wet line, and it's a cartridge/convertor pen, so it uses up its ink very quickly. The pen looks like the one at, except it is in a brown tiger-eye pattern.

Finally, I have a Stipula Ventidue (22), as shown at, in the same brown ('cognac') as the Duettos -- I love that material ('Cellocride') in that color -- it's very pearly and attracts plenty of attention from other pen people, although IMO it feels colder and harder than celluloid. The Ventidue has a stock italic nib. Ventidue nibs are titanium, so they look an ugly dull gray, except for a little decorative gold-plating; but the nib works just fine.

Currently the fountain pen that causes me the least pain seems to be a beautiful red-with-gold-trim Platinum 'thin pen' with a 22-karat gold medium nib. That's a very high proportion of gold for a pen nib. I wouldn't characterize this particular nib as flexible, but as 'soft' in some way. It feels like the tip of your pen is made of butter. Unfortunately it is not an italic.

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