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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 07:28:20 AM »
Oh, thank you! I don't mind if I do  :)

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2014, 08:40:49 AM »
How do these compare with the modern 303s? I find mine too scratchy on the upstroke.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »
I don't know... I've not tried the vintage before.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 09:14:26 AM »
Yep, that's where I got them from.  As far as I can tell these are the less flexible variety, but still excellent.

Compared to the modern product these are a little firmer, but I can't recall ever having one snag on me either. 

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 11:18:16 AM »
Thanks Andy.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 01:54:45 PM »
These must be first generation vintage 303s, second generation vintage 303s are quite more easily flexed but snag a bit more. Nothing like the modern 303, though, which will snag quite easily. From my experience, the stiffness/flex on these is comparable to the modern Principal but are much smoother. Easily my favorite nib after the Spencerian 1.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 05:30:11 PM »
These must be first generation vintage 303s ...

That's my assumption: someone was kind enough to send me a few old 303s as a gift and those were considerably softer.  I've found both varieties very tractable and a pleasure to write with, and don't at all fancy the idea of going back to the blue ones.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2014, 10:07:17 PM »
Thanks Heebs and Andy.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2014, 10:13:00 PM »
I haven't tried the vintage one but I assume it's not witch w/a by and scratchy like the modern ones. They are entirely too scratchy and too soft for any long text. A new one is fine, but I can't use it on inks that ruins nibs. I had terrible ink start up issues and blobbing with mine and I finally tossed it.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2014, 01:05:08 AM »
:o :o :o

I guess I'm one of the few people who love the 303, vintage AND current. 

Some samples written with the current 303... 1 | 2 | 3
« Last Edit: October 21, 2014, 01:07:37 AM by Linda Y. »

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2014, 05:10:00 AM »
Your samples are beautiful, Linda.

When it becomes necessary I will go back to the modern ones.  They may have the personality of an ill-tempered feral cat, but even then they're still my favourite current nib.

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2014, 07:03:50 AM »
:o :o :o

I guess I'm one of the few people who love the 303, vintage AND current. 

Some samples written with the current 303... 1 | 2 | 3
I haven't tried the vintage one but I also really like the current 303 :)
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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2014, 10:15:31 AM »
Written with a Gillott 303. I don't know if it's Vintage or Modern, but this one was an absolute joy to write with! I bought the box of nibs in a street market more than thirty years ago - does that make them vintage?

« Last Edit: October 21, 2014, 10:27:47 AM by Ken Fraser »

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Re: Vintage Gillott 303s @ J and Ts Calligraphy
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »
Beautiful, Ken! I think that does make them vintage. Would be interesting if you tried the awesome vintage one and then the new one immediately after, and tell us just how different it is.
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