Broads!

Nov. 17th, 2010 12:48 am
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Broads. I've gotten to love broads, recently. I have to say though that today a German broad came through my door that I think might be a bit too much to handle.

Assorted B nibs (and others for comparison)

I can't really keep this cheap gag up for very long, so I'll just write the post sensibly, shall I? This is, clearly, broad fountain pen nibs. I ordered a Lamy 2000 with a Broad nib and it arrived today. Lamy 2000s are excellent pens, and various folk had recommended a B nib on FPN, and I already have one with a Fine nib that I managed to screw up and a friendly pen shop managed to mostly repair but I'm still a little unhappy with it... anyway, I bought a 2000 with a B nib.

This is a broad nib. Really. It's easily the fattest fountain pen I have, larger by 0.1-0.2mm than the next broadest (which doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're writing with it, it's a lot). It's pretty much 1mm wide on the downstroke; it is slightly stubbed so is slightly narrower on side strokes, but not by a vast amount, it's not an italic.

On testing, my first instinct was to say "oh my god, I have to send this pen back, it's ridiculous". However, I loaded it with Lamy Blue Black and proceeded to try to write my NaNoWriMo pages with it, and you know, I think it might grow on me. There are positive points to broad nibs, one of the main in my opinion being that they are well lubricated and feel very pleasant on the page; no scratchiness. The fatness of the line is also more forgiving of slight hand jitters, and the amount of ink means that certain heavily-shading inks really do look very distinctive. So... I will keep using it for the moment unless and until it begins to annoy me.

I might buy one with a Medium nib now. Just so that I can see the difference. It's for research purposes. I can put that against tax, I'm sure.
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