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#1 fabrimedeiros

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 23:02

A couple days ago, I ordered a pen TWSBI Diamond 530 M nib and I'm anxious for the arrival. ;)

As some people here know, I'm fan of stub/italic nibs, especially the broader nibs. Unfortunately, the broadest one available today is the medium, but, recently, Speedy told us that the new pen - Vac 7000 - will have stub and B options. :puddle:

What I want to know is if anyone has ground the Diamond nib to italic (cursive italic) or stub.

Did you made yourself, or send it to a nibmeister?

What result did you get? Please, if you could, post here some samples!

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 23:09

Would be nice to have Pendelton cursive italic and stub points on those ...
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 23:17

A couple days ago, I ordered a pen TWSBI Diamond 530 M nib and I'm anxious for the arrival. ;)

As some people here know, I'm fan of stub/italic nibs, especially the broader nibs. Unfortunately, the broadest one available today is the medium, but, recently, Speedy told us that the new pen - Vac 7000 - will have stub and B options. :puddle:

What I want to know is if anyone has ground the Diamond nib to italic (cursive italic) or stub.

Did you made yourself, or send it to a nibmeister?

What result did you get? Please, if you could, post here some samples!

Fabricio


Ernest did a CI grind on his EF nib - see here:

http://www.fountainp...-linethickness/

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 23:27

Buy a replacement stub/italic M-14 nib from Franklin-Christoph, pull the nib out of the M14 housing and do a nib swap. That's what i'm doing and it's cheaper than sending off your twsbi nib to be grinded. unless you know how to grind your own nib, then that's another story.
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 23:28

Pendleton DID do you a CI on one of the Twsbi's and had it in the FS forum. It looked really nice, IMHO.

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 09:28

If the Twsbi uses a standard Schmidt nib assembly, it should be possible to purchase a stub elsewhere. All we have to do is find it!.

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 13:47

See my post for an example of what happens when the nib gets turned into a stub

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 14:23

I took the custom ground medium cursive italic out of my honey tortoise Pelikan and put it into the TWSBI. It fit perfectly and writes like a dream. A $40 pen with a $100 nib ... I love it. :D I think I'll always buy Pelikan nibs, have them ground to my desires, and swap them into the TWSBI. I'm going to ask speedy if I can buy a couple more TWSBI feeder units so I can leave the nibs in there all the time to swap them around with ease.

#9 fabrimedeiros

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 14:31

Thank you all for the tips!

inkpenguin,

You achieved a great line variation on that write sample. I do like it! As soon as you can, post the results of your TWSBI.

I've been ground several nibs, and at the begining, I tryed on some inexpensive pens (5$ chinese pens). One of my best writers is a Pelikan M215 B nib that I modified into a CI, as you can see in this pic.

Edited by fabrimedeiros, 04 December 2010 - 14:33.


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Posted 05 December 2010 - 11:48

I posted the writing samples for the medium custom grind here: Medium Diamond 530 Custom Grind

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 12:34

I posted the writing samples for the medium custom grind here: Medium Diamond 530 Custom Grind


Nice nib! :puddle:

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:17


I posted the writing samples for the medium custom grind here: Medium Diamond 530 Custom Grind


Nice nib! :puddle:

By the way, I do have an extra nib like that if you are interested.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 15:08

Thank you all for the tips!

inkpenguin,

You achieved a great line variation on that write sample. I do like it! As soon as you can, post the results of your TWSBI.

I've been ground several nibs, and at the begining, I tryed on some inexpensive pens (5$ chinese pens). One of my best writers is a Pelikan M215 B nib that I modified into a CI, as you can see in this pic.


LOVE this writing sample, the nib turned out great! Great job, Fabri! :D

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 21:06

Here is Pendleton's post of the custom ground TWSBI. I just got mine in the mail the other day as an early Christmas gift from my wife. I'm planning on sending it off to Pendleton right after Christmas to get my first Pendleton Point. :puddle:

I'd send it sooner but I want to play with it a little first. I got the medium nib so I'd get maximum line variation from the CI grind. I love the feel of the pen and I can't wait for the exciting new nib, it will be my first customized nib.
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:53

I purchased a 14k stub nib and replaced the Twsbi steel nib with it. I have now a smoooooooooooth stub that writes like a dream. :clap1:
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 13:17

I purchased a 14k stub nib and replaced the Twsbi steel nib with it. I have now a smoooooooooooth stub that writes like a dream. :clap1:
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I really fancy doing this - can you say where you got the nib from and talk me (like Manuel, 'I know nothing') through completing the process?

Edited by Aysedasi, 24 December 2010 - 13:18.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 14:08

This is very encouraging. Thinking about getting a medium and sending it off to Pendemonium for a $25 CI grind job. I've had great experience with them for CI grinds to Vanishing Point and Aurora nibs.

Does the Twsbi nib have an iridium tip or is it just steel?


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 15:25

No iridium in nibs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium
"Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust". Too expensive.

You get the nib here: http://www.thegolden...products_id=106

Then you extract the nib like this: My link
And you replace it with the new one. Easy!.

Edited by fjf, 24 December 2010 - 15:38.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 15:38

No iridium in nibs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium
"Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust". Too expensive.


I think most of us understand that the use of the word iridium for tipping material is rather apocryphal. It is still the commonly accepted term, and doesn't really need to be corrected, unless we are specifically discussing the actual alloy components used.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 15:42

I think most of us understand that the use of the word iridium for tipping material is rather apocryphal. It is still the commonly accepted term, and doesn't really need to be corrected, unless we are specifically discussing the actual alloy components used.


My apologies if I sounded like a primary school teacher :ltcapd:

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 16:23

My apologies if I sounded like a primary school teacher :ltcapd:



It's just that you corrected his terminology instead of answering his question. I assume you do use some sort of tipping?

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 17:40

Yes, I use tipping to answer questions about nib tips :roflmho:

Seriously, I dont know what the Twsbi tips are made of, but there is no iridium in nib tips today:
http://www.nibs.com/article4.html
Today's steel nibs have just a blob of steel at the tip to make it round.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 18:17


Thank you all for the tips!

inkpenguin,

You achieved a great line variation on that write sample. I do like it! As soon as you can, post the results of your TWSBI.

I've been ground several nibs, and at the begining, I tryed on some inexpensive pens (5$ chinese pens). One of my best writers is a Pelikan M215 B nib that I modified into a CI, as you can see in this pic.


LOVE this writing sample, the nib turned out great! Great job, Fabri! :D


Thank you, Aubrey!! You're so kind!! ;)

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 18:20

No iridium in nibs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium
"Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust". Too expensive.

You get the nib here: http://www.thegolden...products_id=106

Then you extract the nib like this: My link
And you replace it with the new one. Easy!.



Thanks very much! :) Having said that, $63 for the nib (even on special offer) is too much for me. I'd be perfectly happy with a steel stub.....

Edited by Aysedasi, 24 December 2010 - 18:24.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 18:23

No iridium in nibs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium
"Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust". Too expensive.

You get the nib here: http://www.thegolden...products_id=106

Then you extract the nib like this: My link
And you replace it with the new one. Easy!.


Great idea! I really like this!!

Has that nib some flex? Or is it stiff as 530 nib?

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 19:00

This is very encouraging. Thinking about getting a medium and sending it off to Pendemonium for a $25 CI grind job. I've had great experience with them for CI grinds to Vanishing Point and Aurora nibs.

Does the Twsbi nib have an iridium tip or is it just steel?


Twsbi nib does have a tipping material but it's so tiny even on the M nib. For regrind nibs I prefer the Broad one, but B isn't available for now. However, it's a smooth nib, which TWSBI has been ordering from Schmidt - Germany.

I also know Pendemonium CI nibs - I have a Reform Clear Demo with CI nib from them. They really do a nice job!

Edited by fabrimedeiros, 24 December 2010 - 19:01.


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Posted 24 December 2010 - 19:35

Yes, I use tipping to answer questions about nib tips :roflmho:

Seriously, I dont know what the Twsbi tips are made of, but there is no iridium in nib tips today:
http://www.nibs.com/article4.html
Today's steel nibs have just a blob of steel at the tip to make it round.

I did not know that. And your link doesn't mention the word "steel" at all. Do you have any sources stating that modern tipping material on steel nibs is only more steel? :hmm1:
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 20:07

I did not know that. And your link doesn't mention the word "steel" at all. Do you have any sources stating that modern tipping material on steel nibs is only more steel? :hmm1:


It isn't. According to Brian Grey's article on the subject, it is usually plathenium and/or osmiridium.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 23:32


Yes, I use tipping to answer questions about nib tips :roflmho:

Seriously, I dont know what the Twsbi tips are made of, but there is no iridium in nib tips today:
http://www.nibs.com/article4.html
Today's steel nibs have just a blob of steel at the tip to make it round.

I did not know that. And your link doesn't mention the word "steel" at all. Do you have any sources stating that modern tipping material on steel nibs is only more steel? :hmm1:


Look here: http://www.nibs.com/article5.html

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 23:35


No iridium in nibs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium
"Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust". Too expensive.

You get the nib here: http://www.thegolden...products_id=106

Then you extract the nib like this: My link
And you replace it with the new one. Easy!.


Great idea! I really like this!!

Has that nib some flex? Or is it stiff as 530 nib?


The nib is stiff, but is also a nice and smooth stub; gives quite a bit of line variation. I can say I like it a lot, but it is my first true stub nib; I am no expert :roflmho: . The Twsbi feels and writes now like a much more expensive pen.