Since before I discovered my love of FP’s, I have loved line variation in script. I didn’t really know what to call it, in my mind it was just calligraphy and I had no idea how it was done. When I entered the world of FP’s one nib that really caught my attention was the Flex nib. I am not a master of all the technical details, but basically the nib flexs which allows the tines to spread and create varying thickness in the lines.
The pressure comes in on the downstrokes. This variation lends a lot of character to handwriting, even if one is not particularly great at it lol. Here is today’s Hobonichi entry.
I have tried this before with dipped pens, but am not too great a judge of when I will run out of ink lol, see video below. I went back for the exclamation point and was disappointed! Obviously the same would not apply nearly as often if I had an ink reserve feeding the pen.
Which led me to the question of finding an FP that allows for a decent amount of line variation. During my search for such a pen, the great many sources I read said that there are no “modern” flex pens that would create the kind of lines that I wanted. In the realm of vintage pens, it would be possible to find. Since I am not anywhere near ready to delve into the buying of vintage pens, I decided to give some of the modern semi-flex pens a try.
My first purchase was a Noodler’s flex pen, but I did not feel that it was as for lack of a better word “sturdy” as I would have liked. So I decided to invest a bit more into the search for flex and bought a Pilot Falcon.
On the outside the pen is very plain. The model I selected is a basic black. The really cool part about this pen is the nib! It is designed in a way to allow more flex than the average FP.
The lines produced aren’t nearly as varied as what a calligraphy pen would produce, but I still consider this a satisfying experience. The neat thing is that it can also be used for regular writing, when not putting abnormal pressure on the nib. The wide lines produce an environment conductive to sheen, so its basically instant love! ^_^
Do you flex? Pen recommendations would be appreciated!