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Jan 7 / Leigh Reyes

Sailor Fude (doesn’t rhyme with dude)

Exotic nibs don’t have to break the bank. Sailor’s Fude pens aren’t your everyday fine, medium or broad nib. The length is already a clue. It’s closer to a brush rather than a pen, as fude nibs are meant to mimic brush strokes, and thus be held closer to vertical.

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The fude nibs come in two angles and colors: 40° is blue, and 55º is green.

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The 40° fude adds a dash of character to daily notes. The angle means less of the nib slit is in contact with the paper, making for finer lines.

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The 55º fude is bold and demands more attention to achieve graceful strokes.

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A fude nib is like a zoom nib on training wheels. The principle is the same. Held at a lower angle to the paper, the pen delivers broad swathes of ink; held almost perpendicular, it becomes fine.

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An old favorite pen, the King Crown 555-1, has an overfeed and a longer nib compared to the 2 Sailor Fude pens. I’d give the Sailors a more generous feed if I could. I like brushstrokes that go on sopping wet.

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I have no kanji in me, so I can’t exploit all the goodness of these nibs. However, if you like doodling and drawing, they are unique enough to deserve to be added to your pen case.

Drawing sample

L-R: Sailor Fude 40º with black Sailor cartridge; Sailor Fude 55º with Sailor Epinard; King Crown 555-1 with R&K Leipziger Schwarz

  • http://twitter.com/inkophile Margana

    Love what you did with the Fude especially with Epinard. Must try that duo someday. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  • leighpod

    Most shading FP inks look good in fude pens. :D

  • Jon Buller

    I have a pen, a Duke Confucius, with a similar nib, which I reground so that the footprint is more circular than triangular. This modified nib behaves like a fountain pen version of the Speedball (dip pen) C-series. Great for bold cartoon lettering.

  • leighpod

    Speedball Cs! That takes me back. :D Is your reground pen anywhere online? I’d love to see a lettering sample!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dtlim Den Lim

    john, any photos? i would love to see the lines. l love my confucius, but it eats ink like an elephant drinks water

  • Jon Buller

    Here is a sample –
    http://www.bullersooz.com/confucius.html
    The word “INCREDIBLE” was done with the Confucius, as well as the panel border and the horizontal lines at the top. The words “This is” were done with an italic nib, and the rest of the drawing was done with a Pelikan 120 with an old Planck flexible nib.

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    Oooooh. Thank you for the sample!

  • leighpod

    Great sample!

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  • http://clair.craftyneko.com Clair

    Hrmm. Would you recommend this to someone newish? :)

  • leighpod

    Yes!