Nib info references.
The first references here were borrowed from the Repair Q&A forum here, this topic:
so thank you Ron and Gerry for compiling this!
We will add to the list below as we find more of interest.
Nib Adjustments - Flow Problems
Tine alignment and flow adjustment:
Fix flow and feeds of pens not been written with for a considerable amount of time, by Arthur Twydle:
Smoothing nibs, by John Mottishaw:
Smoothing nibs, by wimg (including grit info):
Grinding nib experiences
The latter article was written, indeed, by me, after searching for any relevant information back in 2004, before FPN existed.
It resulted in this article, of my rather interesting experiences .
Do note I no longer recommend the use of MicroMesh any longer. It really has a grit size twice as large as that of standard grit paper and mylar, and materials with stiffer backs like mylar are by now my preferred way of smoothing (and grinding) nibs. The added advantage is that these sheets are thin enough to use for smoothing inner tine edges, and to increase ink flow.
Nib smoothing discussion, December 2004:
And another one, December 2006:
Alternative way of smoothing nibs, October 2015:
One note on this article: not for the beginners, or for expensive nibs. As stated in this topic, 400 grit may not be ideal to start with this:
And even 1000 grit is considered to rather abrasive when it comes to nibs. I recommend 8000 to 12000 grit to beginners, possibly progressing to 3000-4000 grit for more advanced nib enhancers. Even 3000 grit takes away tipping at an alarming pace.
Nib grinding, why and how, by Ludwig Tan:
Topic on nib grinding, March 2005:
Topic on nib grinding, October 2005:
Topic on nib grinding, including grit info, October 2005:
Topic on abrasives, November 2008:
General Nib (& Feed) Related Articles
Nib related articles on nibs.com:
Fountain Pen Cleaning and Maintenance, by John Mottishaw:
Flex Nib Related Articles & Topics
Some close-ups of home-made flex nibs, Novemeber 2015:
Interesting and Useful Tools
Our own inventive member proceeded o make a very useful close-up tool for nibs, November 2015:
Nib Width Charts
Do note that in order to print these charts properly, you need good quality paper and have to set printing to "Scalable: None".
Form printable on almost any printer, stroke widths from 0.2 mm to 1.3 mm:
Very high resolution nib width form, stroke widths from 0.1 mm to 2.0 mm; requires 4000 dpi printer:
If you find anything else of interest, related to the subject of this forum, please do let us know, so we may add it here for reference.
Warm regards, Wim
Edited by wimg, 17 November 2015 - 23:59.
Added a few topics