Finding a fountain pen with a flexible nib that works well can be difficult without spending a fortune, but I’m happy to say it’s possible.
My quick review spoiler: For everyday writing, journaling, and snail mail, I think you will love this pen. And, if you want a pen that makes practicing modern calligraphy simple and easy, or you would just like to give your handwriting some flair or a vintage look, I think you will love it even more. Read on.
My Search for a Flex Fountain Pen
Several years ago, I was looking for an affordable fountain pen with a flexible nib, to give my regular handwriting a little more character and also so that I could practice modern calligraphy with a fountain pen, instead of a dip pen every time. A grab and go pen for ease and portability. I tried another brand’s pen that had somewhat of a flex nib, but I was hoping for a softer nib.
At that point, I had decided (incorrectly!) that the only way to get a lot of flex with a fountain pen was to spend well over a hundred dollars for one with a flex nib or buy a very expensive vintage nib. (I said “no” to both of those ideas. So, I still had no flexible fountain pen.)
I’m pleased to say, though, that fountain pens within my budget, with very flexible nibs do exist, as I found out when I discovered the Himalaya V2 at Fountain Pen Revolution. There are other even more affordable options there, too. The Himalaya V2 is definitely not the least expensive one there, so there are lots of choices.
Today, I’m really happy to give you my honest review of the Himalaya V2-Chrome fountain pen with the Ultra Flex nib. It was provided to me by Fountain Pen Revolution (FPR), in return for my review, and I’m so excited about this pen.
Thanks, also, to Newsha from @ferociousnprettypens for recommending FPR as a good resource for affordable flex pens.
The Himalaya V2-Chrome fountain pen with the Steel EF Ultra Flex nib is exactly what I was hoping it would be.
In the photo above, I wrote “Himalaya V2” with very slight pressure on the downstrokes, but as you can see in the photo above this one, you can get even more line variation with more pressure on the downstrokes. Or just write without any pressure, and the nib won’t flex at all.
The pen comes with several nib options, so if you just want a beautiful fountain pen and not necessarily a flex pen, there are other nibs available, too. My goal, though, was a flex pen. The flex nibs are the last two in the list, and I received the Steel EF Ultra Flex Nib, which I love.
- Extra Fine
- Broad (add $4.00)
- Stub (add $4.00)
- Steel Flex (add $4.00)
- Steel EF Ultra Flex (add $14.00) (Mine has this nib. The extra charge on the flex nibs is for the nib modification.)
The base price of the pen, at this writing, is $35.00. The Steel EF Ultra Flex nib is an additional $14.00. So, the cost of the pen, with the Ultra Flex nib is $49.00, which is a great price for a beautiful flex nib pen that works this well. As I mentioned above, there are other pen options that are even more affordable at the site.
The ultra flex nib flexes beautifully, without much pressure, and I get excellent line variation with it. With pressure on the downstrokes the lines get thicker, and with less pressure on the upstrokes, thinner lines. It makes my regular handwriting prettier, and I’m able to do some modern calligraphy with it, too.
To say I’m impressed with this ultra-flex nib is an understatement. Do I sound giddy? I am giddy. I’ll say this again – it’s exactly what I hoped it would be.
It doesn’t hurt that the Himalaya V2-Chrome is beautiful, too. Mine is the Peacock Aqua Acrylic, and it’s even prettier than it appears in the photo on the website. It’s comfortable to use, either posted or unposted.
The pen is filled using a twist style converter that works well. When I received it, I quickly filled it with ink, and it worked like a dream from the very start. (Update: I don’t recommend removing the converter from the pen to clean it. When I did this, it started leaking. Kevin, from FPR, provided exceptional customer service and replaced the converter. I added some silicone grease, and it’s been back to it’s non-leaking, wonderful self.)
The ultra flex nib lays down more ink than non-flex nibs, so lefties may have a bit more trouble with ink smudging (which is true of any flex pen.)
I’m thrilled that the Himalaya V2-Chrome exceeded my expectations.
Thanks again to FPR for providing the pen, in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and this post does not contain affiliate links.
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