I’ve reviewed the TWSBI Eco not long after it was released in Singapore way back in Jan 2016. I even give one away. This time I am not so much reviewing the pen as reviewing the nib. If you are looking for a review of the pen, check out my review here.
So why am I reviewing the nib this time, what’s so special? I purchased a TWSBI Eco Neon Green from Straits Pen with the express purpose to get Sunny of Straits Pen, one of Singapore’s nib worker, to grind the nib to a right foot oblique medium.
What is an oblique nib?
An oblique nib is a nib cut at an angle of usually 15 degrees from either the left or right side to the opposite side. What makes it a left or right foot is the slant. A left foot oblique nib, if you are looking with the nib facing you, will have the angle going from the upper right to the lower left. A right foot oblique nib will be going in the opposite direction. Now most of the time when you see a pen manufacturer offering oblique nibs you can safely assume that they are left foot obliques because those are meant for use by right handers. I, on the other hand, am a left handed writer, so I was recommended to go for a right foot oblique nib by the Chief Poisoner.
How to hold an oblique nib correctly?
Depending on how the nib is grind, each nib will have a particular sweet spot. For a right foot oblique grind and it’s being used by a lefty, the nib has to be turned inwards towards the writer, whereas if it is being used by a righty the nib needs to be turned away from the writer. For a left foot oblique grind, you got to flip everything around.
In my opinion, a right foot oblique grind will be excellent for lefties who write hook handed. As each writer has their own particular way to hold their pens, it is best to be able to try the grind in person before committing to it.
My right foot oblique grind
Sunny has done a good job with my nib. His grind has keep the edges sharp that gives me crisp lines. At least I was totally clueless about the need to turn my nib inwards. I was holding it in the regular way I do all my pens. I was not getting the line variation I was expecting but with just a slight turn what a difference it yield. It was significantly less feedback-y than before and I am getting much better line variation than before.
Personally I have always lean towards extra fine or fine nibs in general but with my exposure to the right foot oblique nibs, I feel ready to branch out to broader nibs, especially if they are right foot oblique nibs. One thing to note for right foot oblique nibs, selling them will be a problem because of the specialised nature of them and the world we are living in is a right handed world. However if you are patient to find the right buyer, I am sure you can find a buyer if you decide to sell it.
- Nibs.com’s nib customisation page 1, page 2
- FPQuest’s review of the Pilot Vanishing Point with a left oblique nib
- On Fountain Pens’ review of Pelikan Oblique nib