Lesser nibs oscillate between binding against their housing to scrape across the paper or lolling to one side spilling too much ink that soaks if not bleeds across the page. These nibs, on the other hand, because there are micro-pits in the ball itself as the means to convey ink onto the paper allowing the tightest possible fit from the housing, perform with astonishing consistency and ease across a full range of angles. The ink is also a cut above since it doesn’t need to leak past the nib but merely fill its pits to be deposited with dignified composure as the nib is rotated. The writing experience is sublime.
I am just as delighted with the .7mm thickness in the “executive” pen as I am with the .5mm disposable set, each having its own unique joys. The .7mm lets strokes bear emphases from thick-and-thin, yet as I said before the way the ink is deposited is distinctly refined as compared to any I have ever tried. The .5mm is the first of that thickness I have ever enjoyed writing with or even just reading from. It is so thin but utterly consistent that it’s almost uncanny, whereas conventional nibs that thin always irritated me as being whispy, irregular scratches frustrating to attempt to read because their scraped portions barely deposit any ink at all. The only time you get a whisp with Kyocera’s .5mm is when you actually raise your nib from the paper. It is so consistent it gives the strokes an almost eerie clarity. It’s kind of addictive!
Here’s to hopefully having .5mm refills in blue and red, and .7mm refills in black and red soon.
These shame the likes of GellyRoll and Uni-Ball, which I used for years, and far out-shine “executive pens” which pay too much attention to extravagant materials and design of the pen housing and entirely too little to the function of using them and their ink to write. Kyocera’s spoiled me on pens for life!