Big, Bad Nibs – One Year On09/06/2016
Sometimes it is useful to compare what works now to what worked in the past. An image of my wide nibs from a year ago turned up quite by accident and I realized how few of these pens were currently inked. Does that mean the others have fallen out of favor or they just aren’t good enough to remain in use?
The truth is that I’m fickle. Plus I’ve come to appreciate the reduced maintenance that attends a smaller rotation.
Consequently, only the TWSBI 580 1.1 stub, the Platinum #3776 Music Nib, and the Platinum Nice Pur Broad remain active. It’s an interesting group because both the nibs and pen sizes are varied. All to the good for writing and comfort.
But do these pens have the same tastes in ink? The TWSBI has been filled with Diamine Violet all year. The Platinum music nib is more likely to switch partners, but is especially suited to Diamine Sepia. The Nice Pur takes all inks well, though Platinum Pigment Rose Red might top its list with Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses coming in a close second. Glad to see the pens getting along so well with some of my favorite inks.
Now that I look at it, my rotation has only two recently acquired pens, a Pilot Kakuno M with Diamine Mediterranean and a Pilot Metropolitan M with Pilot BBk. The lone older model is a 1970’s Pilot Elite Pocket Pen loaded with Noodler’s Black, the little black dress in my ink wardrobe.
A six pen rotation is all I need for personal use and it provides enough variety to make writing colorful and entertaining.
If something in my rotation appeals to you, check out the links below. The Platinum music nib at the link is the newer Century model since my smaller #3776 has become difficult to find.
- Diamine Violet, Mediterranean, Sepia
- Noodler’s Black
- Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses
- Pilot Blue Black ink
- Pilot Kakuno M
- Pilot Metropolitan M
- Platinum #3776 Music Nib
- Platinum Century Nice Pur Broad
- Platinum Pigment Red Rose
- TWSBI Diamond 580 1.1 mm
The Pilot Elite ‘Isaac Newton’ can be found from time to time on eBay for roughly $100 to $150. One word of warning. Some of the Elites can have brittle plastic sections and crack easily just by inserting a converter. Otherwise, it’s a good model if you like the pocket pen form.