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A New Kind Of Nib, Homemade, And No Cost

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#1 bgordebak

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:50

Hello all!

 

I wanted to make my own nib for some time, and I don't have the proper tools. So I invented a new type of nib! And also the feed!

 

I tried several designs, but I found that this one works well. I cut a sewing needle in three parts without the tip. Put them together in a triangular shape. Put all three of them into a screw dowel right for the size of my section. And put all of them into the section. To keep the "tines" properly pressed to each other, I used a part of another dowel. Then sanded the "nib" to a proper shape.

 

This one writes a little italic. And, you can grind all three sides of the nib to different sizes! You can have a pen with F, M, and B nibs for example.

 

It's my gift to all diy fans.

 

 

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 15:03

How ingenious and inventive.

Did you try to write for a while with it? What is its behaviour? No leaking, after a while?

 

Congratulations, bgordebak.


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#3 bgordebak

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 15:16

Thanks!

It doesn't leak, because the dowel fits tightly into the section. Only problem is it tends to dry a bit.

But it's a smooth writer, and I love it. A bit on the wet side.

Dryness of the nib can be adjusted by making the space between tines narrower. I can sand down the surfaces between tines for that, but I don't feel like doing it.

Edit: And as you can guess, no flex.

Edit: The interesting part is, applying pressure on the nib while writing causes a dryer ink flow. I guess this is because, with pressure tines press each other more firmly without separating from each other. So the ink channel narrows down.

Another interesting part is, while it writes a wet line, it tends to dry. I keep inside of the cap wet, and recap the pen while not using. This helps a lot.

Edited by bgordebak, 01 June 2017 - 15:49.


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 15:58

That was going to be my next question: are there any skipings? You have answered it. :)


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#5 bgordebak

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 21:51

I found out that the cap had an air flow problem. I made an inner cap, and drying problem is solved.

No skipping anymore. It's a smooth writer.

Edited by bgordebak, 02 June 2017 - 21:52.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 22:24

Very clever!
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#7 bgordebak

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 23:33

Very clever!


Thanks! I'm surprised how well it works.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 04:33

Another reason for the drying was some dried ink under the tines. The solution is really simple. If I fill the pen or dip in ink, I need to clean the ink under the tines. Problem solved once more.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 08:05

Here's another one. It took half an hour to make the nib and the feed and to grind the nib. It writes pretty broad, because I'm too lazy to grind it more.

 

Edit: The other pen's faulty cap is confirmed. This pen doesn't have a drying issue. No skipping, no drying, just smooth writing.

 

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Edited by bgordebak, 03 June 2017 - 09:14.


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 14:00

I found out that the tip of the nib has kinda flex. If I hold the pen nearly perpendicular to the paper I can get some flex.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 14:09

Ingenious.

Patent it, quick.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 14:18

Ingenious.

Patent it, quick.


Thanks! Patenting? Hmm...

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 05:52

Clever and cool! ugly as sin, but it almost works along the lines of rotring pens with a needle wire feed that extends through a tube.

 

Hey, if you refine and start selling them, I'd buy one!


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 09:38

Clever and cool! ugly as sin, but it almost works along the lines of rotring pens with a needle wire feed that extends through a tube.
 
Hey, if you refine and start selling them, I'd buy one!

Thanks! I'm applying for a patent right now. But I can't see how I can manufacture them since I don't have any money. Maybe I can make some pens myself.

Edit: If anyone is interested, I can refine and sell the prototypes, so I can have some money to buy and make new pens.

Edited by bgordebak, 05 June 2017 - 09:58.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:04

Wheee!


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:21

Wheee!

:D I guess that means some people are interested.

Would you people think $50 for a Noodler's Ahab with this nib is an unfair price? I pay $37 odd for the stock Ahab including shipping. So I get $12 odd for the nib.

 

Edit: I found out that I can buy an Ahab cheaper from somewhere else. I reduced the price to $40 + Free Shipping.

Too much? I plan to buy another Ahab with the money.

The pen in question is this:

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It's a smooth writer with an M-B nib. It works dreamily on Rhodia, and has a little flex. Since it's a steel nib, it has a little feedback, but not much.

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Edited by bgordebak, 06 June 2017 - 00:56.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 18:58

Bizarre and intriguing :) could you write a few lines and show how it looks like?

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 19:08

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 20:03

Seems to me that you've sort of re-invented stylographs (such as the Rapid-o-Graph).  Interesting concept.  Thanks for posting.

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 20:05

Seems to me that you've sort of re-invented stylographs (such as the Rapid-o-Graph).  Interesting concept.  Thanks for posting.
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