Sunday, September 4, 2011

Learning: A Wet Noodle Nib

I have a new pen in my arsenal... Well, it's not actually new. It's rather vintage! I know, I know, I have plenty of pens and fountain pens to last me ten lifetimes. But this one is special for several reasons: it's my very first flex nib, and it's very unique (it is, after all, from the ~1930s). I really have nothing else like it in my collection.
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My ever so thoughtful husband surprised me with this beauty one day. It's a Waterman 52V with a 14K Waterman Ideal #2 wet noodle nib. He told me he was expecting a parcel but to allay any suspicions and/or undying curiosity I may (would) have had, he then convinced me it was just a letter. I spent all day racking my brains trying to figure out what letter he possibly could be expecting that would be so important. I had no inkling that the parcel was an awesome gift for meee! He said it was for no particular reason but it may have been because for the few days leading up to this gift, I had been lamenting that Jim loves Pam and bought her a house and what a sweet boyfriend he is and isn't he amazing etc, etc. Kevin claims that had nothing to do with it and it was purely coincidental. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt though, because I love this pen like crazy.
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This page is my very first attempt at learning to write with a flex nib. There truly is an art to it so I have a loooong way to go before I'm any good at it, but I was still excited by the results I produced in just a few minutes of practicing! Don't judge me just yet. I was only dipping and hadn't yet filled the ink sac at this point.
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I will be doing a full review on it - it's in the review queue. Although it may skip ahead because of my excitement about it...
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I've fallen in love with this pen though. It's adorable and makes even my penmanship look awesome. Not to mention that it's an absolute dream to write with in my Habana and Rhodias. Premium paper really shows its stuff with this kind of pen - inks look absolutely spectacular! But more on this to come...!


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