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#1 Ed333

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 14:10

I see that MicroMark has a 20x lighted jewelers loupe.  Would this be overkill for examining nibs, barrel imprints, etc?  My aging eyes are starting to have problems with close focus, and need a lot of light on small subjects.



#2 The Blue Knight

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 14:29

I generally use a 40x loop for nib examination which I keep it with my collection as it is a useful too in ensuring tine alignment. I've looked at brand new fresh out the box pens under it and horrifyingly enough you can see micro-scratches on the fittings. I like 40x but I'm sure 20x will do the job fine. Mine is only a cheap chinese one off ebay which I think cost cost me £3-£4 ad it does the job perfectly.



#3 yamaha_no_46

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 16:11

20x even 10x loupe is just fine. 40x will require a very steady hand to keep the image non-distorted. Cheap loupes do not provide enough clarity due to cheap lenses. You may consider quality loupes produced by Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss  etc. with better lenses and maximum image clarity. They may look expensive ( 30-40 USD each) but better tools provide better results and you will invest in them once in a lifetime.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 16:19

You may also consider watchmaker loupes which will let both of your hands free during repair or examination.



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:14

I have a 10x B&L loupe, and the focal length is rather short. The nib needs to be held with a steady hand.

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