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    Default Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Curious in the feedback.... thanks!

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Look forward to seeing feedback on it, too.

    In the meantime, this video shows some writing around 16:40 into it.
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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I would also be interested in feedback of geeks which actually already have used it.

    I saw this video and this looks surprisingly very promising:




    I would have preferred the nib on a smaller pen e.g. on a regular 146 (not a ridiculous prized special one) as I consider the 149 as a monstrous sized pen...... but the nib....... you know IĎm a flex addict.....

    I have to admit that I peeped at a thread on this topic on the dark side (something I didnˋt have done since a very long time).

    This could be the first real off the shelf flex nib since many decades.

    An indicator for this could also be the complaints of people which bought it and are not used to flex pens (like scratchy, unusable, hard starts, cut into paper, ...)

    The opposite is true I for sure expect many complaints of spherical blob tipped nail users, as a flex nib requires proper handling regarding pressure and writing angle.

    I hope Montblanc will continue that path and not give up when a lot of ballpoint barbarians want to return destroyed nibs (by misuse).

    Overall I think itĎs awesome that Montblanc released such a nib.

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I started using one as a daily writer in the 149, I really like it. Its not soft like the Omas extra flessibile nibs (not a bad thing), but I do think its better than the stock Aurora flex.
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    Omas lover, and have a few other pens

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I've been using one since Thursday and I'm very pleased with it, It is the 149 version

    I'm preferring it to the Pilot Custom 743 Falcon

    Its a very nice smooth writer - not scratchy at all , and exhibits line width variability with no real pressure, more than the Falcon does - in that respect its closer to a vintage flex (I have a Waterman Pink #5) - no pressure does produce thickness on the down strokes , but when pressure is applied its closer to the modern FA rather than the very wide strokes on a Vintage one. It feels smoother than both the FA and Waterman but the FA is very close

    Without over forcing the maximum width seems .2mm or so wider than the FA

    As with the falcon it does railroad a little with very fast strokes so just a tad more control is needed but generally its a really nice writing experience

    Alas though , it doesn't magically improve my handwriting but does live up to the Expressive description.


    ETA: When I say no pressure , I meant to say my normal writing pressure which I think is Light to Medium - No pressure at all shows next to no variation - I blame it on a bout of "I have no accent, everyone else are the ones with accents" syndrome
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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I have to admit that even though I dislike Montblanc on a principal level, I am very, very tempted by this offering...

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Has anyone had an issue with the nib being scratchy as well as skipping with light pressure? One review mentioned that this can happen with flex nibs. Just curious whether thatís to be expected and if so, would it be worthwhile to send to a nibmeister.


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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Quote Originally Posted by maddington View Post
    Has anyone had an issue with the nib being scratchy as well as skipping with light pressure? One review mentioned that this can happen with flex nibs. Just curious whether thatís to be expected and if so, would it be worthwhile to send to a nibmeister.


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    Sending a brand new 149 with flexible calligraphy nib to a nibmeister would invalidate it's Montblanc warranty. For such a new pen I would ask Montblanc the question first.
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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Quote Originally Posted by maddington View Post
    Has anyone had an issue with the nib being scratchy as well as skipping with light pressure? One review mentioned that this can happen with flex nibs. Just curious whether thatís to be expected and if so, would it be worthwhile to send to a nibmeister.


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    As i said above , I didn't find the nib to be scratchy at all , and while there is skipping if you write very fast it's really easy to control - I personally think this is one of the best modern factory flex nibs

    Stephen Brown has a review up which I broadly agree with

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTuZ6HJ838w

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Thank you both for the feedback. This is my first time with the type of nib, and I guess Iím too used to the nails I write with!

    Chrissy - Iíve honestly never used a penís warrantee, but you gave me pause. We do have a Montblanc boutique here in Dallas, so Iíll definitely go by to check them out.


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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I really like mine (149 Calligraphy flex)! The ink flow when used lightly without any pressure on the nib was initially very faint, but over a couple of weeks of use the flow has increased, and is a really great every day writer, and when I apply pressure, it flexes wonderfully. Never get any railroading or hard starts. The best pen I've ever had.

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Check out this subjective chart someone made comparing the Montblanc Calligraphy nib to other 'flex' nibs based on price vs performance.

    Full Album Here : https://imgur.com/a/lcVSOfD


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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    interesting chart. I have/had a few of these nibs and Iíd agree with the positioning.

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Quote Originally Posted by sniper777 View Post
    Curious in the feedback.... thanks!
    The MB 149 Calligraphy is awesome. It's at the top of my collection, it rarely railroads, usually when ink is running low. It's not scratchy, you can write easily when not flexing. They got this right.

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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Received mine a couple of days ago and gave it some (a lot) of training
    Great pen, great nib. Initialy foas railroading a bit, but I flushed it and it improved significantly. But still I'm planing to change the feed to ebonite custom feed soon.
    Comapred to vintage flex nibs? - different story. Some of them are MUCH softer, require less pressure, and still snap back fast, but are more difficult to write "normally" and fast. With MB you can write fast.
    Compared to Pilot FA (size 15) nib - simillar feeling. Which one is better? Dont know. yet. In Pilot I use ebonite custom feed.
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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I had the same observations. There was a break in period and then it wrote so well. Not vintage, but a great writer.

    How or where do you get a custom ebonite feed?


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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Quote Originally Posted by maddington View Post
    How or where do you get a custom ebonite feed?
    I know that Flexible Nib Factory is planning to make such feed. I have feeds from them and they are perfect.
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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    I use mine for normal note taking, and throw in the occasional flex just for fun. When I don't put any pressure on it the resulting line is thinner than my regular 149 EF. It's also surprisingly smooth. No hard starts, skipping, rail-roading or other problems. So far I enjoy using it a lot. Quite a versatile "little" pen this one. The ink has been Montblanc Permanent Black.


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    Default Re: Anyone using the new MB Calligraphy Nib?

    Received mine, finally pulled the trigger. It skips, hard starts, and railroads. Under the loupe, the nib is really poorly done. Perhaps I should donate a loupe to MB, as clearly nobody took a look at it. One of the tines is larger, each tine is differently twisted around axial axis, it also came misaligned.

    I'm going back to my Pilot Custom 823.

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