I suppose you will just continue to resort to find a way to say I'm wrong and you're right ...
... I have respect for what you do, Mauricio. I admire the work and effort that you have put into building your reputation as one of the authorities on vintage flex ...
... I have said my piece and given enough of my time to respond to the negative connotations. You're free to respond and bash away, but I won't take any more time to entertain it.
I feel it's a bit presumptuous to say the nib is being flexed too hard ...
It is not uncommon for folks in this and other fountain pen forums to be offered constructive advice on different subjects. Many times, this advise comes from several of us who have a certain degree of expertise on one or more subjects related to fountain pens and nibs. It is not uncommon either to find some posters to simply keep arguing and insisting in their flawed claims. They lack knowledge on the subject, but they refuse to hear and accept any constructive criticism.
Good advise is not bashing.
You are also contradicting yourself. On one hand, you allude to being a newbie and to have respect for my expertise on flex nibs, while at the same time in one of your previous post, you made the remark you found my statement to be presumptuous. If you do not know how to listen to my constructive criticism you do not have respect for me. If you admit to being a newbie, you should not consider as presumptuous the advise of someone who perhaps has a little bit more experience than you on this particular subject.
I will continue to do what I do and there will be folks who will do the same at their own risk. I didn't need anyone to tell me what I was doing was going to cause problems. I didn't need a disclaimer. I also didn't start this thread saying "this is exactly how you should approach grinding YOUR nib to achieve the desired effect. I posted what I did to my nib, the results I had, the lessons I learned, and some of the mistakes along the way (with the exception of what you would say was a mistake from the very beginning).
It is obvious that you only want to hear comments about folks who cherish and applaud what you have done. The purpose of my comments were to let you and many folks who will read this thread know about the perils of what you are doing. There is an ever decreasing universe of vintage nibs, firms and flexible ones. Prices continue to soar by the day, solely due to the basic principle of much higher demand than its very limited supply. Threads like yours will certainly cause more damaged nibs, both to vintage and modern as well as firm and flexible ones. It is a very positive thing for me or anyone else in this forum to alert others that this type of ideas can lead to the destructions of perfectly fine 14k nibs.
You are so enamored with your project and idea that you might not listen to anyone. Go right ahead please. As I said earlier in this thread, they are your pens and nibs and you can do as you please with them. At least you and many others reading this thread will know before hand the dire consequences to doing what you are sharing in this thread.
I too respect John and Richard's work so I wouldn't imply that their work is considered butchering or ruining a nib as I'm sure they wouldn't either.
The butchering is being done by YOU only. As you have admitted, you are a newbie. You do not seem to really know what you are doing, but feel compelled to share with others about how to destroy perfectly fine 14k gold nibs.
I have a very nice friendship with John Mottishaw, Richard Binder, Mike Masuyama, and many other wonderful folks who do great nib work around the world. Unlike you, most of these folks have been doing professional nib work for decades. Some of them have been doing it probably before you were born. They have lots of experience with nibs in general, lots of knowledge with fountain pens in general, and even own or have made their own highly specialized tools to work on nibs, like Mike Masuyama. And despite all of their experience, they are honest and ethical people who nicely disclose the caveats of those modified nibs they sell. I highly commend them for their integrity when selling those modified nibs.
I remember clearly the first time I contacted Richard Binder many years ago about my desire to purchase one of his modified nibs with added flex. I shared with him about my experience with some wonderful vintage 14k flex nibs from the early 20th century I had been using for a while. He told me right away, that there was simply no comparison between his modified modern nibs and what I was using. Many years ago, I brought a total of 12 New Old Stock 14k Warranted flex nibs to Michael Masuyama at a pen show and asked him if he could grind all those nibs to produce ultra thin lines. He told me right away that those nibs would become very hard to control, very scratchy, and perhaps even severely loose some of the factory original flex attributes I could enjoy before the modifications. He grabbed Susan Wirth at the show, asked for her opinion, and she agreed with Mike 100%. I was very new to flex nibs at the time. I asked him to proceed, but only with one out the 12 nibs I had. He got it done right away and they were both correct. I am glad I only asked him to grind one of the 12 nibs. I learned my lesson very early, by severely hurting what used to be a wonderful vintage 14k flex nib. I was wrong and I learned my lesson at that moment. I hope you learn yours before you damage too many of your own nibs ... and before many others reading this thread feel compelled to go butchered their nibs.
At the moment, I have about twenty five modern pens with modified nibs by different nib specialists. Over the years I have had the privilege to own 200+ of these modified pens. Some of these pens came as used pens and with severely abused nibs, many which were not salvageable at all. I have had to source correct replacement nibs for some of those pens.
My good friend Pendleton Brown gave me, for free, one of his modified TWSBI steel nibs so I could provide as much feedback as possible to him about his work. I accepted his offer and provided lots of feedback to him. He was very appreciative and I still keep his modified nib fitted into a very early TWSBI 530 pen of mine. That's a very valuable pen/nib to me for sentimental reasons as its nibs came from a very dear pen friend of mine.
Nino, I am not upset at you. All is good on my end. You do not even have to respond if you do not wish to. All the best to you, your pens and your nibs ... even those modified ones!