Exploring Extra Fine nibs: 7 x selection from Europe & Asia

Description:

Extra Fine (EF) nibs vary across brands with Japanese nibs generally considered as writing the finest line and Western ones the broadest. Here's a selection of inexpensive pens (all cartridge converter fill - except where listed) to try out for yourself:

(1) Japan: Pilot Kakuno - grey plastic body with push-on orange cap and Pilot converter;

(2) Japan: Platinum Preppy 02 - old-style clear plastic body (printing removed by me), with push on green cap and silver coloured-Platinum converter. NOTE: this is the 02 (EF) nib swopped in from a black Preppy but cap states 03 (F). These nibs are very easy to swop but use a wicking system to deliver ink rather than a standard feed so can be difficult to clean out. This should not affect your choice of ink - but if filling from your own supplies, please be aware of this.

(3) China: Wing Sung 3001 - green plastic, screw cap with gold-coloured nib and trim and clear feed (stained);

(4) China: Kaco Green Retro - green/turquoise with push on cap and orange clip ball. Ink window and hooded nib - a Parker 51-inspired pen.

(5) Korea: Monami Olika - clear plastic body and push on cap and with olive green rubberised grip. NOTE: this will come with matching ink cartridge as it does not come with a converter.

(6) India: Fountain Pen Revolution (FPR) Guru - clear plastic demonstrator barrel with black piston filler and screw on black cap. NOTE: this is a piston filler pen.

(7) Germany: Lamy nexx Citrus limited edition - metallic satin silver body, standard Lamy contoured rubber grip and yellow push on cap with Lamy converter. NOTE: black nib.

Length unposted: all approx 120mm - 130mm.
Smallest is FPR Guru, longest are Lamy and Kaco Green,

Length posted: All can be posted and are very similar in length, about 150 mm.

Condition:
Excellent - well used but no scratches or chips or dents.

Blemishes:
The Wing Sung has a stained clear feed; the FPR has yellowish sections on the clear barrel isn't well finished with a few lumps and bumps in the plastic with a particularly noticeable one near the clip.

Replacement Value:
Around £95 for all 7 including converters and any special nibs. Plus £15 for travel pouch. Total around £110.

Shipping:
Shipping cost is for UK only. Not available to hire outside the UK.

Packaging:
Pens will be posted in a Lihit Lab Nomadico travel pouch. Please return in this pouch.

Other instructions:
None

Choice of ink:
I have a wide range of inks and these are all listed on my profile, please choose which you'd like to try. NOTE: extra fine nibs can write dry with drier inks. If you'd rather receive the pens empty, that's fine too - just let me know.

Country: United Kingdom
Brand:
Armando Simoni Club
Aurora
Bexley
Caran d'Ache
Cleo Skribent
Conklin
Conway Stewart
Cross
Delta
Diplomat
Faber-Castell
Graf von Faber-Castell
Karas Kustoms
Kaweco
Lamy
Lanbitou
Leonardo
Mabie Todd
Marlen
Montblanc
Montegrappa
Monteverde
Moonman
Namiki
Namisu
Nemosine
Noodlers
OHTO
Omas
Osprey Pens
Paper Mate
Parker
Pelikan
PenBBS
Platinum
Pilot
Sailor
SCRIBO
Sheaffer
Stipula
Staedtler
TWSBI
Visconti
Waterman
Wahl-Eversharp
Wing Sung
Other
Pen Price (not rental value):
Up to £50
£50 - £100
£100 - £250
£250 - £500
£500 - £1,000
£1,000 - £2,500
Pen type:
Modern
Vintage
Nib type:
Ultra Extra Fine (UEF)
Extra Fine (EF)
Fine (F)
Medium (M)
Broad (B)
Double broad (BB)
0.6mm stub
0.8mm stub
1.1mm stub
1.5mm stub
Music
Zoom
Oblique
Cursive Italic
Flex
Nib material:
Steel
Gold
Titanium

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