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What's Your Favorite Nib Size?

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My preference for most daily writing is for fine and extra-fine nibs. My handwriting is smallish, I prefer B5 or A5 page sizes and I often have to write down long equations with lots of mathematical symbols. Most of my bolder nibs are cursive or italic and I have set my mind on an architect's point.
What's your favorite, and why?
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Oblique medium to broad. Montblanc vintage 220 series is one of the best. Kaweco vintage flex nib OB!!!
The bigger, the better! Like most people, I use a fine or medium for general writing...but I love calligraphy and drawing. Big nibs are great for that! Flex nibs, double broad and italics of any sort are my favorite things!
As a long term pen user I use all line weights but medium is a good compromise nib to have on hand. There is actually a lot of variation in M nibs, there are many M nibs.
I have two faves: EF and 1.1mm Stub
It depends on where the pen is made. I prefer Medium on Japanese pens, and Fine on western pens. Most of my writing is just regular cursive, and a lot of lined paper comes with 6mm between the lines, which requires fairly fine writing, but Japanese Fine is usually a little too fine and scratchy and dry for me.
My everyday pen is a Pelikan M805 with a broad nib which has a reverse oblique cut. It's a wonderful pen and makes inks which are usually too faint really pop. I also keep a Pilot Metal Falcon with an italic medium nib at my desk. When I'm in casual clothes I usually have a Kaweco with a medium nib. Give me something with loads of character.
I write on the compact side. A Fine to Extra Fine work best for me.
Medium, the flow of ink makes it a better experience to write with. Fine, for writing in Chinese.
Love small stub nibs. My daily writer's a 0.7mm Nemosine Meteor stub, on a 1st gen copper TT Gist. It's about the equivalent of a Lamy Fine, but the line variation makes it look a little fancier.
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Broad is beautiful to me.
Like most people I usual have 3-4 pens with all different nibs in my line up. My everyday writer has to be my Platinum 3776 Charter Blue with a SF nib v.s my Parker Sonnet with a F right handed OB. After that it's what I'm in the mood to ink so I have my Sonnet as stated above along with a Conklin Duragraph with a F nib that I grounded myself for it wasn't a great writer when I got it but now it's very pleasant to use. Next is a Italix Churchmans Prescriptor with a B left handed OB and last is my Hero H718 which is a Chines safety pen and a fun writer from day one.
I am a lefty with poor handwriting and I tend to drag my hand over what I have just written - if I am not careful, so I favor a fine nib with quick drying ink for "general writing". My Pilot 823 Custom is probably my favorite pen, but it has a medium nib, naturally. And Pilot does not sell replacement nibs (at least not that I have been able to find). I also really like writing with a stub nib, for the variation and "artsy" look. I just ordered an Omas 88 with a stub nib (Massdrop), to replace my inexpensive Chinese Picaso stub nib pen, that I recently broke. Hopefully a new favorite nib will appear early next month!
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For writing, I prefer a fine nib. It presents thin lines for easily seen letters (great for small writing). On the other hand, for drawing, I prefer a medium nib because is still puts down a consistent line and moves smoothly along the paper. The thicc lines add to the satisfying experience of drawing with a medium nib. Flex nibs are also very nice for the reason that it allows the writer to present lines of different width. In addition, they are very fun to use.
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Medium oblique. I write beautifully with it and with ample line variation size without putting too much ink on the paper.
‘Hard’ nibs – in that they're not marketed or marked as either flex or soft, although I do appreciate the inherent softness in some gold nibs – between 0.3mm and 0.4mm are best for me for writing in both European and Asian languages, unless it's a special purpose pen (for fun or otherwise). I get sufficient line variation from those if and when I try, even for my usual handwriting size which fits well on 5mm dot/grid paper.
I prefer a medium with some flex, but a stub or italic can be fun as well.
I write fairly small, so f/ef, but with soft or flex nib if possible.
I prefer Western nibs generally over Japanese. The only Japanese nib I have that gets regular use is a B on my Platinum 3776 Century Borgogne. At any given time, I might have anything from EF to stub. Right now, I have EF/F (P51 Demi Vac), F, M, B, OB, B stub, 1.1 inked. (9 total)
Do I have a single favorite? Not really. Today has been my Pelikan 140 (F), a Guider with a B and a M200 Brown Marbled with an M mostly.
I like my handwriting the most in M nibs, but I haven’t tried a broad yet. I have a F nib in my metro and I used an EF in my preppy, but the experience just wasn’t as enjoyable.
Depends. Long form writing needs to be clean, so a fine point is best. But, casual note taking needs to be easy and effortless - so medium, or even broad, is nice. And then of course, how wet the fine or medium nib is matters as well. It's a trick question.
I like semi flex or music nibs. Recently read a disparaging review of the zoom nib which I had been thinking about trying next :( but still thinking about whether I might like a Waverly nib or a S.I.G.
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Here is the review I mentioned: https://www.parkablogs.com/picture/review-sailor-profit-21-zoom-nib-fountain-pen I tend to agree with the review. I still have not yet tried a zoom but I have numerous Fude nibs ranging from poor (Sailor Fude de Mannen) to excellent (Hero, Delike), which I like very much. I also have a Sailor music nib which is very fun and great for a different sort of line variation (like a chunky stub).
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I have no Fude nibs but I really enjoy my Sailor music nib (Sailor-made, an any rate - it's on a Taccia fountain pen). The zoom nib initially disappointed me because I thought I'd be able to squeeze out a lot of line variation from it, but in practice it doesn't quite work like that. Instead, I choose the line width I want for a writing session and stick with that, from a near-extra fine to a solid broad. It's like three nibs in one. I'd get one if you want something with a bit of novelty.
EF Cuz I write in chinese
Extra fine or fine
Qwervy
UPDATE: It used to be extra fine or fine but now i find myself liking the smoothness of a fine-medium nib due to the increased ink-flow. I have tuned the ink-flow on most of my nibs now so that the EF's become F's and F's become M's. Broad nibs are too wet and thick for my uses but i do like a could 2mm italic or stub nib because those are so so pretty.
EF
as a kid I liked a fine point, as fine as I could get, now that I'm older I seam nothing to do with that and it's stub or nothing.
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does it mean that writing longhand helped you remember learning material hence no need to go back to your notes? LOL
Bailey2013
no it means I was a zombie just blinding doing the writing, not paying attention. Instead I should write keywords to trigger memories or things that I don't understand and need to lookup latter.
Okay, FINE!
Reverse oblique italic double broad
Waipaak
You made that up!
Fine italic, or just plain fine (Euro).
My daily writer switches between EF/F and BB or larger cursive italic (Mottishaw custom). Also do calligraphy with flex nibs which is best with F or EF.
European Fine, or Japanese SFM/M for round nibs.