Binding energies and other global properties of nuclei in the middle of the
pf shell, such as M1, E2, and Gamow-Teller sum rules, have been obtained u
sing a new shell model code (NATHAN) written in quasispin formalism and usi
ng a j-j-coupled basis. An extensive comparison is made with the recently a
vailable shell model Monte Carlo results using the effective interaction KB
3. The binding energies for nearly all the 1f(7/2) nuclei are compared with
the measured land extrapolated) results. [S0556-2813(99)05303-0].