Monday, November 19, 2007

Lexington Gray Is Mushy

My two, new Pilot 78G fountain pens, fine nibs, along with a bottle of Private Reserve Chocolat arrived today! New toys!

When I tried the one I filled with Noodler's Lexington Gray, I noticed the line is soft or mushy and wider compared to Noodler's Black. This is the reason why the ink in my Lamy Safari looks like it is from a pen with a medium nib instead of an extra fine nib.

You can see by my samples that the Pilot fine nib is finer than the Lamy Safari extra fine nib no matter the ink, and the Lexington Gray has a wider line than the black no matter the pen. The scan with web resolution does not show the differences well, but it's enough to show there is some.

The Private Reserve Chocolat ink is a beautiful dark brown. It's not waterproof like the Noodler's inks, so it can be used for washes by picking up the ink from the line.

The Pilot pens and the Private Reserve ink were purchased from His Nibs. He doesn't carry the Noodler's inks.


platitudinal said...

Jenny, I tried really hard not to click on your link, but I'm such a weak person!

*I'm surprised to find the price so affordable. (happy to be weak and clicked)

Anna said...

Thanks for posting these comparisons - I always find it interesting to learn more about materials.

Tea said...

Your blog answered a question I had. I wanted a comparison between the Pilot 78G F nib and Lamy Safari XF nib. I was considering purchasing the Lamy Studio which basically has the same interchangeable nib as Safari.

Unfortunately for me, it looks like I'm not going to get the Lamy Studio, as gorgeous as it is. I own a Pilot 78G F nib and want something that produces as fine a line or finer. Looks like the Lamy Studio won't be it :-( And what a gorgeous looking pen it is.

Jenny said...

Tea, be happy with your Pilot pen. I had heard so many great things about the Lamy Safari with the XF nib, but I am much happier with the finer point of the Pilot 78G F nib.