If this be true, then my last 18K JoWo factory stub will be my last.
This is a silly comment. Who cares if they're made in Germany or China? They're excellent nibs. Does the location of a factory affect the quality of its products? Is there something magic in the waters of Germany that makes a nib otherwise produced using the same manufacturing procedures "better"?
I am not fan of China for political, cultural, and historical reasons, which I won't get into here, but there is no reason that a product produced there can't be of excellent quality. Case in point: Apple products are pretty much all assembled in China, and they are the very embodiment of quality, invariably evincing exceptional fit and finish.
First question, based upon your list above, they qualify as a Pen Manufacturer, as companies on your list include those which subcontract the work to others to make their products such as Monteverde. Second question, depending on the definition of in house as the nibs are design by Noodler's, manufacturing methods created by Noodler's (Regards to specifications, cutting and so on) but are made by a sub contractor under direction from Noodler's. So unfortunately the definition is not so clear so you need to put it clear what constitutes in-house or outside.
Okay, well, then the issue is whom the Indian nib manufacturer is. To be consistent, if Noodler is contracting out nib production to another company, then it's not in-house. Visconti and Omas (indeed, most high end pen makers) provide the nib makers specific production instructions, using materials and designs unique to that pen maker, but we should not therefore regard them as being in-house for that reason alone. So, it seems Noodler ought to count, but then we should identify the company making the nibs.
You could end up thinking that the least interesting part of most modern pens is the nib.
What does this mean?
hmm let's see here
Taccia are made by Sailor and probably JoWo however I'm not sure about the latter
Ohashido is made by Sailor
Onishi-seisakusho has Schmidt nibs
Ohto get Schmidt nibs as well
Hirai Woodworking Plant (Hirai Mokkou Banmonosho?) has Schmidt steel nibs Bock Gold nibs
Hakase still makes pens with Sailor nibs on them but for their default nibs it is indeed by Pilot
Helico has Bock nibs
Pens I'm not sure who made the nibs
Wahl-Eversharp could be Bock? unless completely inhouse?
I stand corrected if proved otherwise
Excellent. I'll add it to the next update. You don't happen to know who the Schmidt nibs are manufactured by, do you? Schmidt, as I understand it, does not actually manufacture nibs, but does the finishing. So it goes from manufacturer to Schmidt and then from Schmidt to the pen-maker. So, it would properly be Schmidt/Bock or Schmidt/JoWo.
Edited by danielpi, 02 October 2015 - 00:41.