Clairefontaine Makes Smooth Work of Flex Nibs2010/02/13
Not one of my flex pens has demanded a workout in months. All save one are clean and tucked away. The lone exception is a Namiki Falcon that gets pressed into service for the occasional signature.
The Falcon’s nib can at best be called soft and is capable of very mild line variation. Pushing it to its limit is hard work for it resists doing what I suspect its designers never intended. While it may balk, sometimes I make it work for a place in my rotation and today it performed as well as it is capable. In so doing this pleasant little pen offered a eureka moment that went something like, dang, but smooth paper reduces drag.
They say it’s the simple things.
The paper that made the difference is Clairefontaine in the French-Ruled style, the one that keeps me on the straight and narrow. Other pads and notebooks in the line might be as smooth but I haven’t tried those with a flex nib, not yet anyway.
So now I have a new pastime.
Clairefontaine French-Ruled paper + flex nib pen + J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink = Writing that is seriously fun.
Caveat: The paper and ink were provided by Karen at Exaclair who must think I have far too much time on my hands.
Writer’s Bloc carries Clairefontaine French-Ruled notebooks in several sizes. My orders with them have turned out very well plus they always have good things on sale. Hmmm, now that I think about it…