As an artist, calligrapher or letterer, the perfect tool is one that can accurately express the powerful emotion behind your thoughts and ideas. That's why many folks have turned to using the folded nib for calligraphy and artistic lettering. Allowing the randomness of the ink to perform on the page gives an artwork the sense of "controlled chaos."
The only problem with folded nibs is that you would have to dip them constantly in order to write. Enter the Pilot Parallel nib modification, which we have dubbed "Naifu," which translates to "knife" in Japanese. The Parallel pen holds its own reservoir of ink, which means you never have to dip to keep your nib flowing.
The radial cut of the nib allows for a free flow of ink that works best on paper with a bit of tooth. Short flicks and rapid strokes produce a rough edge to your lines and letters to provide a raw, textured look to your work.
Please Note : Nib modification voids the manufacturer's warranty, but we guarantee satisfaction on all Pilot Parallel nibs that are modified by our company for up to 1 year from purchase.
Body Material: Plastic
Cap: Screw on
Length (capped): 169.8 mm/6.68"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 161.9 mm/6.37"
Length (posted): N/A
Barrel Diameter: 7.1 - 11.0 mm/0.28" - 0.43"
Section Diameter: 10.1 mm/0.39"
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 10 g
Weight (cap): 4 g
Weight (body): 6 g
Fill type: Pilot CON20/CON50 converter, Pilot cartridge, eyedropper
Where to buy: Goldspot
This is a very simple pen and it likely will not be an heirloom. It's not a work of art. It is well made though, as simple as it is. No rough edges or sharp bits. However, I own multiples of each size because they're just that great!
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The Pilot Parallel is named as such because the "nib" is actually two parallel steel plates held in a plastic collar. There is a very small gap between the two plates where ink is suspended. The tip has fine teeth that hold a little bit of ink as well, and helps to maintain a consistent, steady ink flow.
This pen does not have a real clip, but the fin on the cap prevents the capped pen from rolling away. The section design and shape is very simple - it's just a clear plastic section with no indent. I do not find it uncomfortable, but it is featureless.
- A lot of fun to experiment with - great for hand lettering, typography, art, and more.
- Easy to clean.
- Great gift.
- Works well with highly saturated inks.
- Comes with a bulb and shim for maintenance, and a guide to get you started.
- A little rougher than unmodified Parallels - but one could smooth that out.
- Not the most gorgeous pen ever.
- Section may not be comfortable for everyone.
No brainer. If you have not already done so, you must try a Pilot Parallel. If you have tried the Parallels and want to have even more fun, and if you enjoy lettering, typography, art, and having fun with inks, you definitely need a Modified Naifu folded nib Parallel!
Thanks so much to Goldspot for sending this over, and for making these available to others - especially for those who are not entirely comfortable grinding a nib like this!
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.