I’ve been busy arguing in Fountain Pen Geeks. I do like a good, nasty, spiteful argument and you’re never far away from one in the fountain pen hobby.
I had long been interested in the Nemosine Singularity, which seemed like a lot of pen for not a huge amount of money so I ordered two of them – a .8 mm calligraphy nib and an extra fine. Unfortunately, they’re demonstrators, something that I find aesthetically unpleasant, but they were cheap. They arrived today, or at least one of them did. Unbelievably, someone had opened the packet and helped themselves to the one with the extra fine nib. I hope it burns their fingers, the thieving gits. I’ll be writing about the Singularity in a day or two, I expect.
I have many, many requests for pens with flexible nibs. Quite a lot of those are looking for what they describe as “wet noodles”. I almost never have them and at any time I will only have a limited amount of pens with a decent degree of flexibility. I used to use flexible pens. In fact at one time I used nothing else, then I decided to start trying firm nibs and I have to say I enjoy them just as much if not more. A large part of the reason why I used flex in the past was that it tends to cover up the faults of your handwriting. I had a wonderful Onoto (I later foolishly sold it) that made my writing always look beautiful. I came to feel that I was cheating. I should make the effort to produce good handwriting using any pen; not just that one special pen that made everything look good. So I made the switchover to firm nibs and I have stuck with them ever since. In my ignorance I assumed that all firm medium or fine nibs would be the same. Of course they are not. Some just don’t work well for you at all whereas others are like an extension of your hand.
Leaving aside stubs and obliques which are a different matter altogether, what do you think about firm and flexible nibs?