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#1 Lszuk

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 15:15

I recently saw an article in Pen World describing a new service at select MB boutiques, using a computerized approach to custom nib grinding for new MB pens. Has anyone tried this service, or know anything more? I think they charge an additional $800 for this service!

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#2 FredRydr

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 15:22

I will be writing an article on this service for a well-known pen collector magazine, after some interviews and participation in the program. Montblanc is placing a few of the devices in locations around the world. They use laser in some fashion. Once your preference is established, it is recorded for future nib orders.

More soon.

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Edited by FredRydr, 17 February 2012 - 15:38.


#3 Soulmaker1

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 15:54

I will be writing an article on this service for a well-known pen collector magazine, after some interviews and participation in the program. Montblanc is placing a few of the devices in locations around the world. They use laser in some fashion. Once your preference is established, it is recorded for future nib orders.

More soon.

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Very cool! Looking forward to reading your article!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 19:00

$800 extra is pretty steep, I could just send it to a nibmeister.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 20:01

sounds interesting

Edited by georges zaslavsky, 17 February 2012 - 20:03.

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#6 Lszuk

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 22:24

I will be writing an article on this service for a well-known pen collector magazine, after some interviews and participation in the program. Montblanc is placing a few of the devices in locations around the world. They use laser in some fashion. Once your preference is established, it is recorded for future nib orders.

More soon.

Fred

Thanks. Looking forward to reading all about it.

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#7 Lszuk

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 22:27

$800 extra is pretty steep, I could just send it to a nibmeister.

Brad

I agree. I'm wondering what difference there is using a computer generated nib versus a modification of a nib by a nibmeister.

Steve

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:40

I thought it was a matter of the user adjusing to the nib rather than the nib adjusting to the user?

Which is what makes buying variations of pens so interesting in that they all have different nib characteristics which you can enjoy!

The bespoke service sounds interesting ... but I fail to see how the pen would write $800 better than the standard MB nib which I'm already very, very happy with!
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:23

I thought it was a matter of the user adjusing to the nib rather than the nib adjusting to the user?

Which is what makes buying variations of pens so interesting in that they all have different nib characteristics which you can enjoy!

The bespoke service sounds interesting ... but I fail to see how the pen would write $800 better than the standard MB nib which I'm already very, very happy with!

can't agree with you more. I will rather spend $800 for another pen to start with the discovery. :)
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 16:35

It would be interesting to have the exact same nib duplicated - but then who wants it!!!!

Variations in nibs sizes and pen sizes are what I crave for - although the variation I have are all on the broader side of mediums, nevertheless B of one is at times broader than BB of another and so on. And then there are the stubs and the Obliques!!!!

In short I do not think I could stick with with just one nib for life.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 17:00

I am sure there was a link posted on here that showed you what it was all about. Computer screen illustrating all the various 'quirks' about how you held the pen and the angle of preference etc.

When I was into clay shooting I once had a Perrazi shotgun fitted to me. I already felt this was a well fitting gun and was very pleased with both the stock and fore end but must admit that it felt like it truly was an extension of my body when fitted professionally.

Would I pay to have a pen tuned for me? Yes I usually do by my nib chap but $800 seems a lot on the steep side to me.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 17:15

$800!! Wow!

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 17:34

There is a special calligraphy nib that was developed with MB by this famous calligrapher. This is HER SITE --great stuff!


I dream of MB asking me to develop a drawing nib!! Although it would probably be like the one Richard Binder did for me, so they really should just ask him. LOL
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 21:28

What I'm wondering is, given MB's amazing ability to make ordinary nibs that don't write well, why should I believe they can make a custom nib that will write any better?
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 22:00

What I'm wondering is, given MB's amazing ability to make ordinary nibs that don't write well, why should I believe they can make a custom nib that will write any better?


Because you are paying an extra $800 for it!! LOL
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 22:28

What I'm wondering is, given MB's amazing ability to make ordinary nibs that don't write well, why should I believe they can make a custom nib that will write any better?


I have never had a MB nib that wrote less than very well while nibs from other pen companies have been sub-standard many needing to be tuned to even bring it up to a minimum standard for smoothness and flow.

Maybe it's the same thing as audiophiles- if your ear can hear the difference then it's worth it but if you ear can't then it is wasted money, just something to say that I got my pen MBinderized so it's much better.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:22

What I'm wondering is, given MB's amazing ability to make ordinary nibs that don't write well, why should I believe they can make a custom nib that will write any better?

I agree. I own over a dozen MB fountain pens, and most have had to be sent to a nibmeister to adjust flow/nib before they could function as great writers. I love their design, but they never seem to write perfectly without adjustment. I am intrigued, though, bye the idea of a computerized nib adjusted to the way you write. The cost is excessive, but still wondering what the final product would produce.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 19:53

The 3 modern MBs I've used have written extremely well, well enough that I have to have one...

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 22:43

After our FPN factory tour in March, and taking the writing analysis test right there in the nib manufacturing boardroom, I ordered 2 bespoke nibs for 149's. One is a soft OB nib to use as a daily (or special occasion) writer, the other is a double-slit signature nib (6B at least, music nib style, it writes like a paintbrush!)
The pens arrived today, I tried them out this evening, and I am totally gobsmacked.... :puddle:
Pictures to follow, hopefully still this weekend :thumbup:

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 23:08

Now those I want to see! :notworthy1:






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