Originally Posted by jay-w
When I began buying fountain pens I thought the hooded nibs looked ridiculous. Now I quite like the minimal design of the pens that have them.
That's part of the appeal about owning different fountain pens. You can change looks, nib grades, ink colours, filling systems to suit your mood. Much like music and audio gear.
My first fountain pen had a hooded nib, it was a cheap Hero.
I remember I was green with envy when I saw a classmate's pen with an exposed nib. I harassed my dad to get me that same pen.
Yes, FPs have a high potential for customization. The best part is that the ink doesn't get 'painted' on paper like a ball pen, its absorbed into the paper; the medium and the marker become one.
Not to mention broads, italics, stubs and obliques. There's just no alternative.