Nib of the Month: Eversharp Symphony “Flexible 1/2 Stub”

By Teri Morris • NOS News, Pens of Interest, What's New • 4 Sep 2013

First of all, I’m writing about this nib because it literally caused my jaw to drop when I came across it while sorting thru our latest batch of new old stock 1960s Eversharp Symphonys.

Secondly, try to ignore the surroundings in the photo below. New old stock pens are not always pretty, and some are too far gone to be one of our “seconds” offerings. Sometimes you can only salvage the nib, but in this case ooh-la-la, it was quite a nib.

 

The name says it all, but before you get excited and say “where can I get one of these?!”, please note that we only found two of these nibs in literally hundreds of Symphony pens. This one was found on a Symphony 915, making the nib the middle size Symphony nib, the same as was found on the more common 701. The pen was totally trashed from many rough years in storage, with abjectly corroded trim and a rusted away lever/pressure bar assembly. We pulled the nib and threw it and its accompanying feed and breather tube into one of our mid-size 4CS Ranga eyedroppers, and it’s been a real joy to write with for a week.

The nib has really nice flex, which when combined with the italic cut delivers easy line variation when unflexed, and a nice pay-off on the downstroke when flexed. (You wouldn’t want to flex on the horizontal stroke as you would pull the tines out of alignment, just an FYI.) This is the kind of nib for which people look to vintage Pelikans, though the nib thickness is a little thinner on the Eversharps.

Here’s the writing sample:

Symphony Flex 1/2 Stub Writing Sample

Symphony Flex 1/2 Stub Writing Sample

Here’s the nib:

Flexible  1/2 Stub

Flexible 1/2 Stub

Flex 1/2 Stub

Flex 1/2 Stub

This is the model that originally hosted the nib:

Symphony 915

Symphony 915

And here is where it currently lives (a Ranga 4cs eyedropper):

Ranga 4cs with Flexible 1/2 Stub Nib

Ranga 4cs with Flexible 1/2 Stub Nib

If I put together another one of these, I’ll post an update.

Though I call this posting “Nib of the Month,” I’m not sure how often I’ll find unusual and interesting nibs to feature. Sometimes it seems like there’s a good candidate every week, but I don’t want to commit to that as it seems overly ambitious and dependent upon more than a little bit of luck.

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