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    Default Re: Indecision about new fountain pen

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    The Platinum and Sailor pens I have are resin/plastic and so are quite light - so you may not get the weight you are looking for. The Cross Peerless is heavier, with a sailor nib.

    They are lovely pens - the nibs have slightly different characteristics, but I've found them to work well enough. The President nib is not soft - it is a hard 18K nib. I have a 14k Sailor nib - and it is nice too.

    If you want a smooth nib, go for a broad one. Certainly Pilot & Platinum's broad nibs are smooth.

    You can get a smooth experience with the medium nibs but that needs more careful paper selection (Japanese paper works better).
    I write on copier paper all the time with a steel Pilot fine - the one the Kakuno and Metro use. There's no smoothness problem at all unless you select exceptionally bad copier paper, dry ink, or are heavier handed than you should be with a fountain pen.

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    Default Re: which should I get as my first Japanese gold nib fp?

    Quote Originally Posted by emmanuelsolorza View Post
    Hi from Mexico. I知 thinking a buying a new Japanese fountain pen, but I知 not sure what to get! My options are Pilot Custom 742, Platinum President and Sailor ProGear II. I知 looking for a classic looking pen, with a big soft but not flex nib, with decent size and weight. I have medium-big sized hands and I don稚 like mini pens, so my options are very narrow, please help me and tell me your experiences with these pens. Thanks
    The soft nib will be the tricky part. But take a look at

    https://www.writeexperience.com/blog...-soft-fine-nib

    https://www.reddit.com/r/fountainpen...lot_falcon_sf/

    Also the Platinum Procyon is supposed to fit with exactly what you want re size and softness and is a lot cheaper than any of the above. Maybe check some reviews?

    Finally, if you can find a used(?) Danitrio Densho with the soft nib on ebay, than should gave you what you want - it's a terrific pen.

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    Default Re: Indecision about new fountain pen

    I have 3 Pilot FP's. They all have Pilot rhodium plated gold nibs.

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    From Rigt to Left:
    1) Pilot Custom 74 Demonstrator M nib
    2) Pilot VP or Capless (depending on where in the world you live) M nib. (I also have a spare F nib.)
    3) Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Demonstrator SF nib

    My go to pen from those 3 is the Custom 74:
    It's a converter filler that takes the larger con-70 converter.
    It's been one of my ink testing workhorse pens in the past. It always writes as soon as I remove the cap no matter what ink it has in there from shimmer to heavy sheen. The M nib is an absolutely perfect and beautifully smooth nib to use.
    It's easy enough to clean out either by using the converter to flush it or by removing the converter and using a rubber ear bulb. If I really feel the need I can pull out the nib and feed and clean them separately.
    In fact my only con against it is that being a demonstrator you can see that it gets a tiny bit of ink stuck within the walls of the section near to the nib. I've tried to get that out and it's virtually impossible. It's something you just have to live with or buy it in a different colour.

    By comparison I don't use my Pilot VP as much. If I put a cartridge in there and address a couple of envelopes, then it won't write in a couple of days time when I need it to. That proved to be it's downfall for me.

    The Pilot CH 92 is a pen that I never really liked because I made the mistake of buying it with a F nib. I didn't like the F nib at all. It proved to be a bit too fine for my taste. It was up for sale on ebay and someone made contact to ask if I would consider a nib exchange. Since then we've successfully exchanged nibs and it's now fitted with a SF. Maybe I will start using it very soon. The nibs in the 92 and 74 are interchangeable, so that's always good if you feel like swapping around. The 92 is a piston filler and that might make it more subject to staining with some inks.
    Last edited by Chrissy; April 6th, 2020 at 09:22 AM.
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