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    Default How do you like your flex?

    Where flex writing is concerned I prefer to be able to press down to my heart's content on my nib. I find overly delicate dip pens that will catch and splatter a nuisance. Sometimes a really soft flex nib is nice. My example is written with an Esterbrook 922 Radio dip nib which I think could handle my full body weight it's so firm. What do you like?

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    Default Re: How do you like your flex?

    I'm really an Uber noob at dip pens and flex.

    So far I like natural, subtle line variation, but I don't really do calligraphy.

    I sometimes address envelopes with India ink and, so far, Esterbrook 048 Falcon nibs are the best I have for everyday, practical writing like that.

    I just picked up a nice Esterbrook school fine flex that seems promising too.
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    Default Re: How do you like your flex?

    One of the main things I appreciate in fountain pens is that they can simply rest in my hand while writing, in contrast to ballpoint pens. Having to press to achieve flex rather ruins this feeling of floating freedom. This doesn't mean I can handle extremely soft nibs (wet noodles). In my hands they are so uncontrollable that I cannot write smoothly. So, I guess that everyone has their own writing preferences and the flex has to match them.

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    Default Re: How do you like your flex?

    I am learning calligraphy but I am not very good at flex writing. At the time I am learning Cursive writing.
    It gives me a lot of posibility to learn about Dip pens and correct ink and ( correct ) different papers to play with.
    The pen
    The nib
    The ink
    All three factors really matters when you write and how you write. There are fifferent pens , holders give many posibilities to do movements to write and draw with unlimited styles. different nibs to avoid SPLATTER etc.
    Once you master the pen you can develp youown Swrilling ,Flourishing and flexing too.

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    Default Re: How do you like your flex?

    I've been enjoying flex writing ever since I got introduced to this hobby.

    Coupled with my addiction to vintage pens and restoring them, it has allowed me to explore many different combinations with just as many variation of results.

    Here's one my latest restorations:

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