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


Grinding A Cheap Round Nib Into A Stub

grind nib stub italic cheap

  • Please log in to reply
No replies to this topic

#1 orko


    Dipped Only

  • Member - Bronze+

  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 August 2016 - 19:01

Hi, folks!
I just joined here and decided to make a small post which might act as an introduction.
A month ago I finished off with my undergraduate studies and didn't have much to do before I go abroad for my Master's studies next January. My handwriting, which has always been cursive needed some serious improvement and hence I decided to do just that. The shop near my place had a pretty cheap fountain pen, the Flair Inky Executive which cost me Rs 50 ($ 0.75). It came with two cartridges and I decided to make the most out of them before trying out any other ink.
As soon as I started writing, I realized the pen had a medium nib and my handwriting was never legible unless written with an extra fine nib. I couldn't return the pen so I decided to play along with it for a while. I tried to follow some of the rules of the Spencer script which resulted in a minor improvement in my handwriting. In my pursuit to improve my writing, I came to know about italic nibs and the line variations they have to offer. After a lot of fooling around on the internet, I decided that I should grind my round-nibbed Inky to an italic nib.
I had a small block of granite laying around and began grinding the tip of the nib. I never really expected any results but it turns out, that I did manage to do something to the nib. Now as it stands, it's not an italic nib, but one could argue it's almost a stub and surprisingly enough, it isn't as scratchy as I imagined it would become. A stub nibbed FP here in my city would cost me around 4 times the cost of the Flair Inky that I used. I observed that after grinding, the lines have become much finer and I do get a bit of line variation.
I am still trying to improve my handwriting every day (been at it for 4 days now).
I am posting some images of the pen and a sample of my writing in it.
This is the nib after grinding, not sure one can make out much of it since I took the pictures with my phone camera.
Finally here is a sample of my ugly handwriting using the grounded nib.
Comments, views and suggestions are most welcome!

Sponsored Content

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: grind, nib, stub, italic, cheap

Sponsored Content