Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nakaya Nibs & Video: Elastic, Medium, Medium Soft, Broad, Music @Iguana_Sell

Iguana Sell, one of my kind sponsors, recently lent me a set of their Nakaya nib testers. These are the pens Iguana Sell has in store - when you visit their boutique, you can try out these Nakaya nibs. They are raw black ebonite bodies with the nib grade engraved on them. They're actually quite interesting, but that's not the focus.
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Check out Iguana Sell's selection of Nakayas - many of which are IN STOCK.

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The nibs here are: elastic fine (modified), medium, soft medium, broad, and music stub. The elastic fine is the only nib that has to be modified by Nakaya, with the wing cut outs in the shoulders of the nib. The others are available from Nakaya without modification.

ELASTIC FLEXIBLE FINE

Nakaya describes the elastic flexible fine as the same line size as the soft fine (0.28 - 0.34 mm), but with more flexibility, and slightly more line variation. It has a very elastic sensation to it, and it takes less pressure to achieve line variation than with the soft nibs (or regular nibs). A light hand will not produce any line variation, but mild pressure will give a bit of flex. It bounces back pretty quickly. 
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MEDIUM

Nakaya describes the medium nib as a smooth writer, suitable for general writing. It is a firm nib, with a line of around 0.34 - 0.44 mm. It's on the firmer side, but it's not very, very rigid. It is a lovely nib, and is indeed suitable for general use. 
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MEDIUM SOFT

Nakaya describes the medium soft nib as a smooth writer, like the medium, suitable for general writing, but with a touch more variation. It is a slightly soft nib, with a line of around 0.4 - 0.5 mm. If you don't want an elastic nib for a more bouncy writing experience, the soft nib is nice because it feels a little cushioned.
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BROAD

Nakaya describes the broad nib suitable for manuscript and address writing, with a line of 0.44 - 0.54 mm. I like this nib as it is smooth and wet, and for my style, is still perfectly usable for daily writing. It is not super rigid, but it's not all that soft either. Nakaya Nibs & Video Elastic, Medium, Medium Soft, Broad, Music @Iguana_Sell  9
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MUSIC STUB

Nakaya describes the music nib as one with two slits, so you can write with a stub without a scratchy sensation. It produces a line of around 0.9 - 1.0 mm, and I must admit, it's a lovely, magical nib. I have a hard time deciding between this one and the elastic flexible modifications. It is smooth and wet, and an absolute pleasure to use. It's on the firm side, though, unlike flexible vintage music nibs.
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ELASTIC FLEXIBLE FINE VS. SOFT MEDIUM

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What do you think? Which might be one that interests you? I love the two tone nibs. I think they look so classy!

Reference:
Nakaya Nib Information Page

These nibs were lent to me so I could review them and share them with you here! I was not compensated monetarily or in any other way for this review.

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