Written using Diamine Amaranth! One of the most educational things about inks is you learn about colors you didn’t even realize existed, especially in the case of flowers.
As with round-tipped nibs, stub nibs can vary in size. This OMAS stub is just labelled as a stub, whereas the Visconti is labelled as a 1.3 mm stub. The Stipula is a 1.3 mm stub, but feels like an italic, and the Parker is a medium italic. Italics are some of my favorites!
A nib grade can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and to make it even more confusing, the actual writing width can vary from nib to nib. Higher end nibs are often finished by hand, and unless each is measured precisely, they will be different. They all look like mediums, roughly, but when you really start looking and writing with them, some are more wet, some are softer, some are wider, some offer more line variation. …
I get asked this question a lot: what’s the best flex nib? I can’t answer that because I haven’t used that many compared to the amount that are available. What I can say is my favorite flex nibs are found on vintage Watermans. Although some modern flex pens offer some semi-flexible nibs, and they are getting better and better, I still say, if you want a nice, soft, juicy nib, go vintage!
I realize my handwriting in this is atrocious. My apologies. Please don’t be angry. This is a modern Aurora, and looks far different than the older-style Auroras that are still available. Cats are inconvenient when you’re trying to write or type, but that’s half the fun of having them. It’s cute until they start biting your fountain pens, anyway. I keep hearing Aurora made some great pens, so I’ll have to scope them out.
Modern nibs can offer some line variation, too. I know, this is a blinding, bright pen, but it has a fun nib. That’s an extra-fine that offers some line variation, in case you want a little but don’t want a full flex nib. (Why you wouldn’t want both is beyond me!). I think this is a great quote, a superb, fun pen, and a lovely nib. I also think writing things down, and writing to …
This wasn’t written with a vintage pen, in fact, it was written with a very modern pen by a modern manufacturer. Do you take notes when you read classic books? Do you also have plenty of stationery? I don’t have plenty of stationery anymore. Okay, I do compared to people who don’t care for stationery, but in the pen-loving world, I don’t have that much. I do, however, write down my favorite quotes as I …
It sounds a bit crazy to have rules with fountain pens. They’re not really rules. They’re just things I like to remember, and things I suggest to people who ask me what they should do as they venture down the rabbit hole. Although not putting India ink in your fountain pen should be a rule. Do you have any fountain pen rules, or things you like to stick to?
I admit, I still like a lot of ballpoints, and I carry several with me most of the time. Dr. Roe is right though: the feeling of writing with a smooth, well-ground flexible gold nib is unreal. The sensation of a nib gliding across paper is magical. I love it. Sheer pleasure? Yep.
I’m not sure if I just tell myself this because it’s how I justify the amount of pens I have, but there is a lot of truth to this. Leave it to Andreas Ambrou to say something so spectacular about such great instruments! How do you feel about your pens? Are they just instruments? Are they companions? Both?