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Untipped Stub Gold Nibs

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#1 decathlon

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 15:36

Recently a grinded a Platinum 3776 Soft fine to a stub. I did it because the nib a got was a dud when it came when trying to fix the nib i ended up removing the tip material. Now i have a underfully smooth stub flexible nib. it is a dream to write with it but i am afraid of using it often and wearing down the gold. Is it safe or am i being too paranoid? I believe Omas also used to have untipped gold stubs.



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#2 zaddick

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 15:38

Gold is still metal so the rate of wear from paper will be fairly slow. It b is not like it is going to crumble like a dried leaf when you write with it. I'd just enjoy it as you seem to find the writing pleasurable. Life is too short to worry about the wear rate of your nib.

#3 Inkling13

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 16:08

It is more noticeable for F and EF nibs to wear down. You can get the nib retipped, if it really concerns you, likely will cost more than the nib is worth though. 



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 17:20

Recently a grinded a Platinum 3776 Soft fine to a stub. I did it because the nib a got was a dud when it came when trying to fix the nib i ended up removing the tip material. Now i have a underfully smooth stub flexible nib. it is a dream to write with it but i am afraid of using it often and wearing down the gold. Is it safe or am i being too paranoid? I believe Omas also used to have untipped gold stubs.


Unless you grind the tip into the paper, it should last for years.

#5 BlueJ

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 00:48

You can always regrind the tip as it wears to restore the tip geometry you want. The result will be the nib gradually getting shorter and a little wider but unless you write for hours each day with just this one pen, the nib is likely to outlast you.



#6 Drawing61

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 01:54

Don't worry, be happy.


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