This my friends, is brilliant. A bit insane, (I can’t imagine how much time this took!) but completely brilliant. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received e-mails from people asking how to choose the nib on a fountain pen. Since all nibs widths are not created equal, Goulet Pens is now offering the ability to compare the nibs of 4 different fountain pens in their new Nib Nook interactive feature on their website. Goulet notes that the writing samples are all standardized using Noodler’s Black ink on 80g white Rhodia dotPad paper which is an excellent way to compare and contrast.
Being a notorious product reviewer myself, I must add my two cents to this process. What you must count on in this comparison, is all things being equal and IMHO, there are inevitably going to be variables in the equation.
I myself own 6 Lamy Safari fountain pens and because the Safari nibs are machine made, have experienced variances between same sized nibs. If you are using a paper other than Rhodia/Clairefontaine, you may experience thicker nib widths due to the ink soaking into the paper. The inks you choose can also play a factor in how they write – some are more free-flowing than another and can make a stingy feed bleed ink while others can make a nib feel scratchy. Note that Goulet does include the following disclaimer: “Your results may vary with various combinations of ink, paper, and writing position. These writing samples are representative, and standardized upon Noodler’s Black ink on 80g white Rhodia dotPad paper, all written and edited by Brian Goulet.”
But having said all that, Nib Nook is an amazing tool to get you started and I would absolutely recommend using it.