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Aurora Stub Experience With A Pelikan M800 Nib

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#1 Sach


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 21:52

Is it possible to re grind an M800 nib and get a similar experience as one would with an Aurora 88 with a factory stub?
I recently bought an Aurora 88 from John Mottishaw, not customised but just a factory stub which he tuned, which has completely blown me away. I've been using M800s almost exclusively for work for about six years now and just wanted to see what all the fuss was about concerning feedback with Aurora nibs. I just find it a fantastic nib to write with, and seems to work with almost any kind of paper that I encounter (I work in a hospital, where paper quality varies a lot!). The trouble is I love the M800 in terms of design generally, but love the Aurora stub nib.

Is it possible to regrind a Pelikan M800 to feel like an Aurora? I had a BB M800 nib reground to cursive italic by John Sorowka, and have been mightily impressed with the result. Just wanted to know if I can achive something more like the Aurora by having a regrind, and what would that be?

Any help would be very much appreciated...!

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#2 drawohna


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 22:38

Hi, Sach,


John Mottishaw can do exactly what you want.  At the Los Angeles Pen Show I had him add feedback to my cursive italic pen.  He didn't regrind it (he didn't bring his regrinding lathe), but he rubbed the nib with his 12000 grit micromesh.  It took him about a minute.  Because he had me test it after he rubbed the nib, I was able to tell him exactly how much feedback I liked.  You can imagine, there are different degrees of feedback, and each person has his/her preferred amount.  So if you send your pen to John (or any other nibmeister) be very precise in telling him what you want.  The more specific you are, the better. 


Buttery feel, smooth as glass, and gliding on air are not the only options for the feel of nib on paper.  Some connossieurs of nibs prefer the greater control that feedback gives when forming letters with a fountain pen.

Edited by drawohna, 05 September 2013 - 23:12.

#3 Blade Runner

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 22:42

Yes, describe what you want to your nib man with a written sample.   Or better yet  you can send along that Aurora to copy.

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