ive had the most luck with holding the underside of my dip nibs over a flame for a few seconds, then dipping into a cup of distilled water and then scrubbing it clean and dry with a paper towel.
and always avoiding touching with my bare fingers ofcourse.
i also wonder how the G nibs will handle being in a pen for extended periods in contact with ink.
The Zebra G does better than all the rest, but it will succumb to the inevitable eventually if poorly treated. If you take good care of the nib when you're done, I've had them last for months.
I really like your idea, it's really a poor mans flex pen, expect the heart break to crack a rare gold nib :-) Belive me, I know.I do happen to own some zebra g-nibs (bought from jetpens), very flexy but also very scratchy, and to be able to use the nib, isen't it recommended to lick/burn/vinager treat the nib to be able to really pick up ink?One other downside is, I once left the nib wet with water in a old sterling silver penholder, when I checked out the pen later, the nib had rusted and spred it into the metal parts inside the nibholder, so what I know they aren't stainless steel, they are chrome plated...or does it exist differt kind of nibs?Next time you sell this pens, I'll buy one/mirjam
The nibs you buy from me will be clean and ready to use. There is a stainless option, but the flex isn't as good, and you pay a price premium. If you want to look at it as the poor man's flex pen, go ahead, but, I think you'll like what you can make it do. It's an elegant compromise for an imperfect world.