Drag....I normally buy old, old used pens and many sat in drawers for a generation or two, developing micro-corrosion on the 'iridium' or iridium rust.
Drag is that clingy feeling....if it feels like a pencil, that's toothy...that some want...or enough of the time to have a pen so.
You didn't say if you bought that pen new in the '80's or the 90's. If you used it weekly or when you stopped.
It could have been just waiting for a couple months of being ignored....for it to say I'm a bit old.
My old pens tend to stay good and smooth which is were I want them...I seldom want a pen 'butter smooth'. ...have a couple of course....but I got hand fulls of them.
Figure 8's can be dangerous if you do them too much Ol'Griz (RIP) said too much causes baby bottom.
While rotating the nib constantly, circles left and right....squiggles left and right and up and down....some 5-6 seconds could be enough. I use even less when on the rougher side of the beauty stick. That gets rid of drag, brings it back to good and smooth.
Making it butter smooth requires a Loupe, and lots of little bits of polish at it...and then going to lapping sheets.
I have a beauty stick in my drawer and I guess now, I don't think if a pen seems to have a touch of drag....I just touch it up on the smoothest side for a few seconds. Too lazy to work hard at it....it ain't often.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 18 November 2016 - 20:46.
German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.
www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,
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