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

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