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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
ELASTIC FLEXIBLE FINE VS. SOFT MEDIUM
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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Very easy to clean.
Shades nicely in wide, wet nibs.
Somewhat expensive for 30 ml of ink!
Not very legible in very fine or dry nibs.
Almost no water resistance.
I'm not wild about this ink. I like the bottles a lot and I don't mind unusual colors, but this one is just too unsaturated for regular use in my rotation. One of the most positive things about it is that it's very easy to clean out of pens, which is great if you have a hard to clean pen, or a vintage pen that is difficult to clean thoroughly.
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