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What Can I Do About This (A Nib Question)

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#1 MissChief

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:41

I received a pen in a PIF and, though I love the pen (as does my 10 y.o. granddaughter), it's a very hard starter. As soon as you lift the pen from the paper, it stops writing. However, turning the pen over, it writes quite well, if a little scratchy. 

 

When I looked at the nib under magnification, I did notice that the feed wasn't lined up very well so I adjusted it. Then, I noticed this...

 

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This isn't normal, is it?


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 01:48

No, no it is not O_O

 

It appears that someone had placed an immense amount of pressure on the slit between the two tines or the body just beneath the breather hole (or where it should be), causing the tines to spread inward and outward. Might I ask what happened?

 

Try taking the feed out,then bending the tines inwards. You may or may not need a nib block depending on the amount of stress on the nib.

 

 

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:06

Can you pinch it together with some pliers? Maybe put some tape on the pliers.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:23

No, no it is not O_O

 

 Might I ask what happened?

 

 

That is a very good question. I have no idea. I'm a very light writer. It's been a difficult writer from the time I received the pen.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:24

Can you pinch it together with some pliers? Maybe put some tape on the pliers.

I was thinking of trying that but didn't want to do anything rash.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:32

I'd avoid pliers. Just work using a tabletop or other hard surface and alternate sides, applying pressure and restoring the tip back to its original (factory) alignment. If I had to guess I'd assume the search for flex did this.
So, slowly work it back into shape. Small increments. Patience. If you try to go far in one step you could crease or possibly snap something. This would also be time to have your 10yo "assistant" on hand so she understands that things can be fixed, and with patience she and you can do it.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 03:49

I do think you'd be able to fix that without tools, depending on how rigid the nib body is. I accidentally did something similar to a nib once while trying to increase flow, and while the damage then was to a lesser extent, I think the same principle applies :P


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:06

Looking at the nib its a schmidt nib a number 6 was it well if you can't find a way of fixing it you will probably end up buying a nib...

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 16:15

Thank you for the suggestions, all! will keep you posted. First thing I'll be doing is flushing it. I can just see the ink all over the place. Paul, I think your suggestion is a great one; I'll wait until she's here before I even attempt anything.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 16:38

Try putting both thumbs at the shoulder swell and press hard 5-6 times.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 17:56

Try putting both thumbs at the shoulder swell and press hard 5-6 times.

 

+1

 

You can also try pinching the very tip of the tines between your thumb and index fingernails and pressing together. Using your hands instead of tools will limit the amount of damage you could accidentally do by overcompensating 



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 20:11

Try putting both thumbs at the shoulder swell and press hard 5-6 times.

 

That seems to have worked!! Thank you!


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