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Sheaffer Nib Sizes - 1970 Standard


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#1 Ron Z

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 15:35

Sheaffer used a dial indicator nib gauge for measuring nib sizes. The nib was inserted into the gauge, and the size read off of the dial. A given size being nibs that fell within a given range. What is listed below were the ranges given on a gauge that I saw in the Sheaffer service center prior to being closed in March 2008.

Measurements are in thousandths of an inch.

XXF = 0.010 - 0.013
XF = 0.013 - 0.018
F = 0.018 - 0.025
M = 0.025 - 0.031
Broad* = 0.031 - 0.050
Stub = 0.038 - 0.050

*there was some overlap on the gauge. May be 0.035 - 0.050

Edited by Ron Z, 07 October 2009 - 15:40.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 12:22

That is very interesting. The variation between sizes as normal, is larger than I expected.
Was Sheaffer and Parker about the same width in nib size?
I don't seem to hear of any wars about it, over on General.

There are verbal wars going today, as to what is medium or fine or EF; involving one company that is a touch wider than "normal" (That uses dry inks) and another that is a bit narrower than "normal"(That uses wet inks). There for each meet in the middle.

Was/is Sheaffer inks, wet, dry or in the middle?

The real problem is not one company is larger or narrower than the other but the users are using the wrong inks and end up comparing cherries to pineapples.
Both have their place on a cocktail stick in a proper drink.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 13:32

The information given here is for reference only.

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