It's an okay first attempt. It's only okay because you forgot to consider practical matters in writing.
No I didn't.
For your second nib grind, keep certain things in mind. When you write, the pen contacts the paper at about a 45 degree angle. The nib has to be curved accordingly.
Not an italic nib. I guess you missed that part.
In your nib, you grounded it AS IF the pen contacted paper at a 90 degree angle, dead perpendicular to the paper. No one writes like that.
And neither do I. The nib is ground correctly for writing italics with the pen held at a 45 degree angle above the paper and a 45 degree angle below the direction of writing. If I were to hold that pen at 90 degrees to the paper, it wouldn't write like an italic nib.
Furthermore, the edges have to be rounded, so that as your angulation changes, it removes the scratchy feeling of writing. I see sharp corners in your nib.
The corners are
rounded. The resolution of the camera just isn't high enough to clearly show that. The shape I was aiming for is the "Stub Nib" on this page: Nibs I: The Basics
The tines post-grind are more open than before. That's because there's crud stuck in between the tines. You have to take something thin and remove it. Perhaps satin dental floss.
I did floss the nib, and it's not any more open than it was before. The lighting is just slightly different, and you can see the groove between the two tines more. The pen was also inked in the final photo, whereas it was clean and dry in the first (which is why you can see light between the tines in the original photo).
I've noticed dentists have a fetish about dental floss.
Every time I go to the dentist, they tell me, "Oh, your teeth are so clean and white and beautiful", followed not long after by "You know, you should floss more".
Do you all own shares in dental floss companies?