Considering the overwhelmingly...
July 31, 2015
Considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I'm willing to see my poor
experience with the Zebra G nib as a case of either getting shipped a bad batch,
or maybe a case of me improperly priming the nib for use, but I just can't see
how. My main problem with the nib is how poorly it holds on to ink. On far too
many occasions I have loaded the nib with ink and started drawing, only to have
a huge glob of ink fall off the nib and onto the page. I've done all I can to
take the coating off the nib before actually using it, from scrubbing it with
soap (different kinds, from a gentle dishwashing liquid to artists soap) and a
toothbrush, placing them in a pot of boiling water, holding them over a match
and rinsing them and a combination of these methods. After having done that for
4 different nibs in the same pack, the results have been the same, ink just
drips off the nib. I've used three different types of inks as well, and still
the results are the same. Again, perhaps I've been doing something wrong, and
I'm somehow not using them properly, but I've used different brands of nibs
before and I haven't run into these kinds of problems.
When the nib does actually manage to hold on ink, I've found it works pretty
well. The lines it lays down are very nice, although there is the occasional
skipping, which is probably related to the problems described above. Overall,
I'm very disappointed, especially considering the universal praise these nibs
have gotten on this site. I'll keep trying them out to see if I've been doing
anything wrong, but I guess quality is not guaranteed, even with a product that
has the kinds of reviews this one has gotten.