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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 01:35:52 PM »
I ran out of EF66s this weekend so I decided to try a new nib. I had ordered a couple, based on reccommendations, but I just could not get them to work back then (sounds like such a long time ago, it was actually only a couple of months ago). But this weekend I tried one of them again - the Gillott 303 - and I'm amazed! Such thin hairlines, I love it. Might be my new favourite!

I think I also couldn't work with it because I didn't have the muscle control I needed for the gentle upstrokes. But now I'm so happy I "graduated" to this nib. Anyone else using it?
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2014, 04:46:41 PM »
That is great! Yes, I find the 303's do take a bit of control but can also work quite nicely. I used them years ago. Every once in awhile I try a nib I haven't used in a bit and I am pleasantly surprised.

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2014, 04:48:08 PM »
Hi Erica,

I'm having a hard time with the Hiro 41 nib. It just isn't holding any ink, and I can't even finish one letter without the ink running out (literally). The Nikko is just fine and I can write half a sentence before re-dipping. Any thoughts on what's up with my Hiro nib? Thanks!

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2014, 12:49:59 AM »
Hi!
It is kismet you should write this today. I also had this problem today with my newest order of Hiro 41 nibs. Five out of seven of them would do exactly as you describe. I suspect the manufacturer changed the coating but I don't know if that is the case. I have put in a message to John Neal and he is going to try to help problem solve.

I will keep you posted. I'm really glad you asked because it helps to know others are experiencing similar issues.
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2014, 10:59:26 AM »
Oh my goodness, so glad it's not just me!! I thought I was doing something wrong with it, haha. Look forward to hearing an update, thanks!

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2014, 12:32:16 PM »
The Hunt 101 works well for me at the moment; the 303s, not to mention the Leonardt Principal are a bit twitchy for this clumsy writer.  I also have a taste for old nibs: current favourite is the fine Brown's Shoulder Pen which loosens up admirably after an initial running in period.

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2014, 10:35:19 PM »
I went on a buying spree on ebay before my first calligraphy conference and ended up with tons of cool looking nibs.  While taking the spencerian class with Jake Weideman, he said his favorite was the Estabrook 357.  I asked him if he would look through my stockpile of vintage nibs and to see if I had it.  I was so excited when he found some brand new ones.  They don't make them anymore - not sure how old they were, but in perfect condition.  So for now, that's my favorite:)

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2014, 10:38:40 PM »
so many nibs; so little time ;D
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2014, 11:41:08 PM »
LOL Jenny! That is great luck. I also like the Estabrook 357s. I cried a little when I used my last one.

Andy, I like the bounce of the 101s. I also like the 303s but yes, they do tend to skip.  :)
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2014, 09:24:04 AM »
I've just read through this interesting and informative thread.

I regularly use the following nibs, amongst others :

Gillott 303
Hunt 101
Esterbrook 357
Leonardt Principal EF

The above discussion got me thinking, and I've just realised that when I'm involved in a piece of writing, unless I look at it specifically, I usually can't tell which nib I'm writing with!!

I must be particularly insensitive!  I like them all.  ;D

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2014, 09:31:48 AM »
sisterofdream :

In reply to your question......


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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2014, 06:19:35 PM »
I received my nibs today( nikko g and leonardt extra fine principal) I had only had a few min.  each with each nib. So far my impressions are I have a new favorite nip the principal. The nikko g is identical to the tach. g nib to me at least in appearance. It writes very similar to the tach. But the principal thats something else. I have been studying with Reggie Ezell online with his Italic class the last couple of days, so not much pointed pen practice.

Anyway can someone tell me what and why there is a little brown piece of paper with all my new nibs. Am I suppose to be using it for something?  I keep forgetting to ask.

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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2014, 06:52:05 PM »
Hmmm... no idea! The Nikko G takes a little wearing in and then it goes much smoother. Glad you like the Principal!
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2014, 07:51:23 PM »
My two very very very favorites are the Nikko g and the Hunt 101.  Erica is right it takes breaking it in. I usually do a bunch of drills with it when it's new.

 
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Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2014, 01:10:49 AM »
My current favorites pretty much what Ken mentioned

Vintage Esterbrook 357 (my go to nib)
Gillott 303

Along with the Brause 66 EF and tomorrow i'll be ordering a Leonardt Principal and Brause Rose (among other's I've yet to try) to see how I like them.