My pens for the day are two Bexleys (Corona and BX802), both with 1.1mm nibs from Goulet and inked with two of the most fun inks I have in my collection; Bilberry and Apache Sunset. If you use a pen with just the right amount of wetness and broadness, on paper like Elias journal which is just the right amount of smoothness and absorbency, the result can be magical. It’s one of the reasons I try out many different paper with my fountain pen. Not all kinds of paper can show off the properties of ink, like shading or sheen. This combination hits the spot perfectly. 🙂
I’ve only started using fountain pens this year, and at first I struggled with how the lines are not as fine as ballpoint pens. My first FP purchase was a Lamy Safari (charcoal black, fine nib) and of course the nib felt too wide for me, and it feathered and bled through like crazy on the journal I was using back then.
I learned gradually that I should use fountain-pen friendly paper. Good paper + good nibs + gorgeous ink = happiness. I discovered that I preferred medium nibs because it shows the shading of ink easier than fine nibs. It allowed me to appreciate the beauty of inks generously laid down on paper.
Then I came across people talking about other kinds of nibs, like cursive italics, left oblique, music nibs, etcetera. I got curious about cursive italic nibs since I tried a 1.1 italic Lamy nib. So when I got my TWSBI Micarta, I decided that I’ll convert that pretty basic medium nib to a cursive italic through Pentangeli. JP was kind enough to accommodate me and finished the regrind in a week. He loaded the ink with Pelikan brown, which of course I promptly used up because when I tried that nib that he did for me, I was hooked.
It offers a more dramatic line variation than the 1.1 italic Lamy nib that I tried, and though I don’t write in cursive too much, it fits my current penmanship well.
To be honest, before I started using fountain pens again, my handwriting had deteriorated to an almost indiscernible scrawl. I’ve only just begun to rediscover the pleasure of taking the time to thoughtfully form the letters that you’re writing. I’m happy to say that my handwriting is gradually going back to how it used to be back when I was in college, which is readable even if it is quite boring. Continue reading “My First Cursive Italic Nib”