Not even a comparison for me. That said, 21k is softer but the nib is also bigger. Sailor makes a special fountain pen for lefties now. Sailor 14k vs 21k. Photo here - Left is 14k, middle is standard 21k, right is the extra large King of Pen 21k Let's be honest here... the most rational decision would be to just use cheaper pens like the Safari or Metropolitan. Thanks. If you can, it might be best to go to a store and try before buying. I greatly prefer the Posting (PO) nib. Press J to jump to the feed. This might just be from case to case, but try you wont be disappointed. Sailor offers an impressive range of nib grades to cater for the individual needs, preferences and writing style of each user. Since you mentioned Pilot, might I suggest one with one of their Waverly nibs? It was on a 1911s. These have a bit of an upturn at the tip which can make them feel smoother. More posts from the fountainpens community. I used to have one that was exactly the same size as most 14k nibs. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Conventional wisdom says 14k over 18k or 21k - change my mind! Sailor engineers some feedback into its nibs. I found a forum that suggested they use the same feed, but pictures of the actual nibs are hard to compare give reflections and positioning. I currently have a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos on order in 14k fine, I haven't received it yet. Who knows, maybe my next pen will be a pilot with either of those special nibs :), More posts from the fountainpens community. There's not even a comparison. Sailor 14k vs 21k. 21k is bigger. sizewise, the 21k is about as small of a pen and nib as I'd want, the 14k nib is actually a little smaller as well as the pen itself and I think would just be a little too small for me. That said, Sailor 21k nibs ARE superb, but not because they're 21k nibs! Discussion. I'm thinking about purchasing a Flexible Nib Factory Bock 250 housing to put a 14k Sailor nib into another pen (love the nib, but the converter is too small to allow me to really enjoy the sweet inky flow). But it's because of the softness and springiness of the nib (though minimum), not smoothness or feedback, those I feel the same on all 3 I own. Does anyone else have both nibs in fine? So would you say that softness and springiness is the only difference between the 14k and the 21k? By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Would you first buy the 21k? Edit: So I finally decided to go for the 1911 profit 14k Medium nib. What would you do if you didn’t have any sailor? In the end, I've sent the 14k back and kept the 21k, but purely because I wanted to have "the best". The 21k nib blows the 14k nibs out of the water. It's only a little smaller, comes in better colors and there is no performace difference between 14k and 21k. It does I have feedback, but I like it and it's not scratchy, it's just like someone made the nib as smooth as possible and then added back a little bite so you could feel the nib on paper. I have one on my 1911S. Not even a comparison for me. Thus the 14k Sailor nibs, while still smooth, are marginally less smooth than the 21k ones. I have 4-5 different 14k Sailor nibs and 1 21k nib. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Is it worth investing in the Professional Gear for the 21k nib if I have the exact same line width coming in a 14k nib? Thank you all! I too enjoy those gold nibs. Do the 14k and 21k Sailor nibs differ in size? Cookies help us deliver our Services. The Standard Nib Range A variety of choices with different nib widths available in both 14K and 21K: Extra Fine (EF) Fine (F) Medium-Fine (MF) …