The pen pictured here is the blue cracked ice which originally had a rhodium plated 18k fine nib. The original was scratchy and did not flow well. I have successfully adjusted flow and smoothed other nibs but the Ancora did not respond well to my efforts. I like the unique appearance of the Ancora Perlas and wanted to keep the pen if I could make it a pleasant writer as well. The tapered section with threads at the base of the nib does not bother me and I like the balance of the pen uncapped. Enter Brian Gray. He had a fine 18k Bexley nib and two 14k plain Bock nibs (He had commissioned his own nibs and had some leftover non-Edison nibs). Brian also included several section adapters so that I would have flexibility to install the nibs on varioius brand pens. I went crazy swapping nibs to get the combinations I desired. More about the other pens later.
The Bexley nib makes all the difference in the world. It does not lay down quite as fine a line as the original nib, but it does lay down a medium-fine and wet line which suits me well. It is also very smooth, with just the right amount of feedback, which is minimal. The bi-color Bexley nib does not look out of place with the silver furniture and its proportions are just as good, if not better, than the Ancora nib. The only difference in appearance that I see is the Ancora nib is slightly wider at its widest point than the Bexley.
The bottom line is that I converted two Ancoras that I would have otherwise sold and rescued one whose nib was so badly mangled when I received it that I could not resusitate it. I really do not consider these Frankenpens so much as pens with nib replacements. All of the nibs in question were produced by Bock, they just have different names and engraving on them than the originals. It is kind of like swapping Warrented nibs on vintage pens.
More nib swap examples to come.
Edited by flodoc, 22 May 2009 - 04:27.