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Soggy Lamy 14Kt Ef Nib

lamy lamy 14kt gold nib

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#1 Hypocaffeinic


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 23:39

I just received a Lamy 14kt bicolour nib in size EF, but it is so wet it writes like a broad nib! I knew it would be wetter than my old EF steel nail, but this is crazy and I'd like to thin the line out as much as possible.


The writing sample below is upon Moleskine paper (I guess the dots are around 5mm); blue ink is the gold EF, black is my old steel EF. I know the latter writes finer than most EF nibs as I adjusted it that way, so I'm not comparing directly, but all the same surely a gold EF isn't meant to be that fat?! What do you think?




I've adjusted my steel nibs before, but given that this one is gold and expensive I just wanted some advice first on how best to dry it up a bit. The tines are close together with barely no gap at all, and the nib is straight as I look at it side-on. Should I work on pushing the tines further together or pushing the nib down over the feed more, or both, or what?


I didn't mind playing around with my least favourite steel EF nib, but don't want to sod up this beautiful gold one!

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#2 martinbir



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:16

A good starting point would be trying a dryer flowing ink. Any of the iron galls would be worth a go if you are happy to use them, or Pelikan 4001 Blue Black is dry and apparently not iron gall.


Good luck.

#3 creedo


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Posted 03 October 2015 - 17:03

I second trying a dryer ink. But I doubt that would be ultimately satisfactory in the long run. I would opt for pushing the tines closer together. I have done that for several wet pens with good results. The procedure is generally reversible too, so it's pretty safe. Just go slow and try not to rotate the tines. 

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