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Posted 02 January 2015 - 14:11

Nib info references.

 

The first references here were borrowed from the Repair Q&A forum here, this topic:

REPAIR REFERENCE INFORMATION

so thank you Ron and Gerry for compiling this!

 

We will add to the list below as we find more of interest.

 

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Nib Adjustments - Flow Problems

 

Tine alignment and flow adjustment:

Richard Binder's Post

 

Fix flow and feeds of pens not been written with for a considerable amount of time, by Arthur Twydle:

Tuning a fountain pen
 

 

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Nib Smoothing:

 

Smoothing nibs, by John Mottishaw:

Smoothing Scratchy Nibs

 

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:

Nib smoothing

 

And another one, December 2006:

Nib smoothing

 

Alternative way of smoothing nibs, October 2015:

Where the Metal meets the Paper, by Precise

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:

My Italian nibs are my smoothest

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.

 

 

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Nib Grinding:

 

Nib grinding, why and how, by Ludwig Tan:

Grinding your own nibs - Ludwig Tan

 

Topic on nib grinding, March 2005:

I'm a nibster!

 

Topic on nib grinding, October 2005:

What does nib "grinding" mean

 

Topic on nib grinding, including grit info, October 2005:

Nib Grinding Tools Question

 

Topic on abrasives, November 2008:

Abrasive Conversion Chart

 

 

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General Nib (& Feed) Related Articles

 

Nib related articles on nibs.com:

Nib related articles

 

Fountain Pen Cleaning and Maintenance, by John Mottishaw:
Pen Maintenance
 

 

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Flex Nib Related Articles & Topics

 

Some close-ups of home-made flex nibs, Novemeber 2015:

Flex Nibs Leave Very Wet Lines When Spread

 

 

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Interesting and Useful Tools

 

Our own inventive member proceeded o make a very useful close-up tool for nibs, November 2015:

Closeup Adapter For Tablet Computer Camera

 

 

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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:

Nib Width Form

 

Very high resolution nib width form, stroke widths from 0.1 mm to 2.0 mm;  requires 4000 dpi printer:

High Res Nib Widths Chart

 

 

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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.
Enjoy!

 

Warm regards, Wim
 


Edited by wimg, 17 November 2015 - 23:59.
Added a few topics

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