Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies


Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team






Photo

What Has To Be Done? Gold Nibs Without Iridium

nibs parker sheaffer iridium

8 replies to this topic

#1 kircher

kircher

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 33 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 29 March 2015 - 15:22

I've got two parker arrow nibs, one sheaffer's 33 nib, and one waterman nib without their iridium tips. What would you recommend doing? should i turn them into italics, is there a way to sell them, are they worth having them repaired, are there other options that i couldn't think of?


Edited by kircher, 29 March 2015 - 17:01.


Sponsored Content

#2 hari317

hari317

    Classic

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 14,901 posts
  • Location:Mumbai, INDIA
  • Flag:

Posted 29 March 2015 - 16:50

Gold nibs can be retipped. Greg Minuskin -USA, John Mottishaw -USA and I believe one person in Spain? offer this service.
In case you wish to write to me, pls use ONLY email by clicking here. I do not check PMs. Thank you.

#3 kircher

kircher

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 33 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 29 March 2015 - 17:05

I know they can be retipped. I assume retipping would cost about 50-70 dollars for each nib. I can buy a restored parker vacumatic with the same arrow nib for about the same money, while a sheaffer pen with the 33 nib costs maybe 20 dollars. The waterman's nib could be more expensive, but i don't have the corresponding pen. I wonder whether retipping is even remotely convenient in these cases.



#4 sidthecat

sidthecat

    Donor Pen

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,133 posts
  • Location:Los Angeles
  • Flag:

Posted 29 March 2015 - 22:56

Is convenience an issue? We're talking about obsessions here.

#5 kircher

kircher

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 33 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 30 March 2015 - 02:25

well, there must be method in madness. If would not spend 200-280 dollars to have four nibs retipped that i can buy (together with the rest of the pen) for half that money. What about italicising them?



#6 mitto

mitto

    Ancient Artifact

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11,270 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 30 March 2015 - 10:14

I did italicise two of my gold nibs. A very good option for me that is.


Khan M. Ilyas

#7 dms525

dms525

    Antique

  • FPN Supporter - Platinum

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,412 posts
  • Location:San Joaquin Valley of California
  • Flag:

Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:39

FWIW, OMAS, a rather respectable pen manufacturer, makes at least some of its italic nibs by cutting the tips, including the iridium bead, off the end of round nibs. They write very well. In theory, the 18Kt gold will wear down faster. You might not use any one pen enough for this to ever be a problem. For photos, see this topic:

 

Omas Ogiva Albas: Two Itali...

 

David


Edited by dms525, 01 April 2015 - 04:40.


#8 FarmBoy

FarmBoy

    Brain freeze, mmm... got pens?

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,186 posts
  • Location:SFO USA

Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:26

The nibs you list are not worth the investment involved in getting them retipped as replacement nibs are lower in cost than the retipping process.  (figure 70-80 at retail)  BUT, if you desire a broad, stub, italic the cost may well be lower than finding an original nib assuming you could find one. 

 

51 nibs fall into this category.  A used F nib will run around $35.  A 1.0+ stub will run you ~$100 installed and adjusted (they can pose challenges).  A factory stub (about .9mm or so) will run you >$100 if you can find one.


San Francisco International Pen Show - They have dates! August 23-24-25, 2019 AND August 28-29-30, 2020. Book your travel and tables now! My PM box is usually full. Just email me: my last name at the google mail address.

#9 balson

balson

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 777 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 03 April 2015 - 18:48

The old point of view was that the best course of action was to grind them down into stubs.  but the more recent argument is that the gold will quickly wear away with use, and at some point it will loose so much that it effectively cannot be retipped.  so it becomes an ethical argument.    

 

i think if its between melting a nib down and grinding it to a stub i think grinding it would be the way to go.  if its a rare or uncommon nib that still is not worth retipping i would say to sell it or hold onto it until it is worth doing, but if its a really common nib with a really low value, like an eversharp skyline nib.  the one exception i would make to this would be a low value nib that is flexible.  vintage flexible nibs are prone to damage, so they might be worth hanging on to.  

 

There was one site that would buy damaged nibs for over melt.  I thought it was fivestarpens, but i did not see it on there "what we buy" page.  if you can figure out what site that was that might be the most ethical way to sell them.  





Reply to this topic



  



Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: nibs, parker, sheaffer, iridium



Sponsored Content




|