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Nib Creep- Functional Or Aesthetic Issue?

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#1 ChickenScratch

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 16:22

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 16:29

If you make the surface of the nib hydrophobic, ink won't creep on it.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 16:35

A no big deal, "What? Me worry?" issue.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 16:36

Unless the ink gets in the cap, it's mostly an aesthetic issue.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 17:21

Nib creep is a function of capillary action on the top of the nib due to microscopic scratches. This is something to not be concerned about. If you don't want a nib to creep you need to polish our the scratches that have formed the pathways that have created the conditions for this capillary action to occur. Between identical nibs, some will creep and most will not. My Lamy Safari's and Parker 45 do not creep but my Sheaffer Prelude and Pilot VP do. 


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 18:47

I'm surprised you are getting nib creep with lamy ink.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 19:07

I thought nib creep had more to do with the ink selection. My Noodler's Black and El Lawrence creep like a mofo, but Iroshizuku Kon Peki doesn't.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 21:17

Nib creep. Something that people didn't think about, let alone think to name, until FPN came along. :)

 

It is an aesthetic issue, though. Ink on a nib looks as fitting and beautiful as the film of oil looks on an old steam engine... or as paint looks on a watercolour brush. It's particularly attractive with certain inks that creep in two tones, giving almost an iridescent look. Enjoy it - you'll miss it when it's not there.



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 23:18

nib creep is purely a looks issue, unless it somehow creeps off of the nib and onto the gripping section --- but that's almost never the case. i ignore it, myself; the nib's for writing with, ink on it tells me the pen works.



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:29

oh, so that's what it's called...



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:03

I dump an ink if it creeps no matter how nice the colour or how smooth it is
I am seriously allergic to nib creep.

I wash my hands when they are dirty. Likewise I need my nibs to be clean.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 06:40

I dump an ink if it creeps no matter how nice the colour or how smooth it is
I am seriously allergic to nib creep.

I wash my hands when they are dirty. Likewise I need my nibs to be clean.

I used to hate nib creep.

 

Every time I saw nib creep I had to wipe it off with tissue.

 

But now I love it. On nibs that have detailing, nib creep is awesome.

 

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Edited by Shaun500, 20 March 2014 - 06:40.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 16:49

I didn’t know what nib creep was either until a couple of weeks ago when I saw it on some FPN threads.  It sounded quite sinister so I had to find out what it is and whether or not it’s a problem or just looks. 

 

Bo Bo: Actually it’s Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron I’m using right now.  My Safari did come with a Lamy blue ink cartridge which I used up before starting in on bottled ink, and come to think of it I don’t remember if there was nib creep when the cartridge was in there. 

 

Shaun500:  That’s an awesome looking nib!  Both mine are quite plain-Jane next to it.


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