Tag: left oblique cursive italic

On Custom Nibwork

My two Cross Century II pens wrote okay but the nibs were boring. Booooooring. Hard as nails and not the most pleasant pens to write with. They’re okay but they can be better. I decided that I would ask a local nibmeister, JP, to fix it up for me in my favorite kind of grind–left oblique cursive italic.

Here’s a video of the writing sample:

I once asked him to grind me a cursive italic nib on a TWSBI Micarta, and I enjoyed that as well. However, I was always rotating my nib while I write, and I wanted something that had more of a slant to it. Here are a few photos of differences between a regular nib, cursive italic, and a left oblique cursive italic. The lines written with blue ink is left oblique cursive italic, medium nib is green, and cursive italic is brown.

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As can be seen in the photo above, the left oblique cursive italic nib has a slanted profile, the medium nib has a rounded profile hence rounded tips on the lines, and the regular cursive italic has crisp edges.

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The resulting line variation makes the writing more interesting-looking, for me.

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It has more line variation as you write.

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Whether you write in cursive or block letters, it makes the lines more varied and (in my opinion), a lot more interesting to look at.

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I initially asked for a regrind to a cursive italic because I thought that I should have at least one pen with a CI nib, just to try it out. I liked how it turned out so I had more done. If you rotate your grip a lot (like I do), you may find the crisp edges of a cursive italic nib to be a little difficult to use. That’s exactly what led me to a left oblique cursive italic. I like the slanted line a lot, and it’s more forgiving of my rotating grip. I think JP did a good job on these nibs. The beauty of getting a custom grind done is that you can have it customized to how you want to hold your pen, how crisp you want the lines to be, etcetera. I’m glad I added more CIs in my collection.

If you’re looking into getting some nibwork done, you can try contacting JP through his FB account. You may also join Fountain Pen Network Philippines.

Different Nibs

I made this writing sample for a friend who wanted to try out cursive italic nibs and wanted to see how different it wrote. My grip rotates a lot so I don’t get a lot of line variation from CI nibs but you can see in the photo below how different nibs can produce different kinds of writing.

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Paper used: Elias Notebooks – so much shading! I love it.

Waterman Expert II with a Left Oblique CI Nib by Pentangeli

I sent my pen off to Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nib Works to have it ground as a cursive italic nib, but I changed my mind and thought I’d have it reground to a left oblique cursive italic instead. Thanks to the busy holiday season, I was able to ask JP to change the regrind just in time, before he had any work done on it.

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photo by JP of Pentangeli Pen Spa and Nibworks

I met up with JP today, despite feeling under the weather, so I can take the pen home. It’s actually like getting an entirely different pen from before. It used to be a medium nib, now it’s a left oblique cursive italic, which is like a regular cursive italic nib, except it has a cut to make it oblique. Photos below are taken by JP too.

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This kind of nib is a lot more forgiving for people like me who like to rotate their grip on their pens. The result is very much like how my TWSBI Micarta writes (that’s a cursive italic), except that this one’s sweet spot is a lot easier to find.

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It’s a joy to write with, and like the other nibs that JP fixed and reground for me, the ink flow is better than ever (not extremely wet) and the nib is smooth with just the right amount of feedback. A trip to the pen spa has made this pen an even better pen than it was before. 🙂

Also, this blue ink that JP put in the pen is perfect. I need this in my life. <3