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Looking For Alternatives To Glass Dip Pens.

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#1 AdrielGrey

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 00:44

I was wondering if there are dip pens that are made from other materials than metal or glass. I suppose ceramic or acrylic would make for a good substitute for a complete glass dip pen. Or maybe wood, with a rounded point and with spiral grooves in it, similar to a glass pen.

All I see are glass dip pens and metal nibs that attach to a handle. I can't find anything else. Help?
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Posted 23 March 2020 - 01:34

Wood would likely stain, so I doubt that would be made. Acrylic is a possibility, though I have never seen anything like it... the acrylic might wear away at the tip too fast. 

 

I think because glass and metal nibs already work, nobody is going to experiment (don't mess with success...)

 

Perhaps a project for you at some point?  :)



#3 BaronWulfraed

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 01:37

Ceramic would probably have to be glazed -- since unglazed ceramic would be rather porous (as would wood). Glazing, however, might affect the ability of the grooves to manage ink flow.

 

Acrylic, maybe... but molding it might have the same problems as glazed ceramic (the grooves may not hold ink well).



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 06:43

A goose quill or bamboo pen?


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Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:03

Better question - why is glass not acceptable? as far as hard dip nibs go, it's basically unbeatable.


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#6 AdrielGrey

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 15:38

Better question - why is glass not acceptable? as far as hard dip nibs go, it's basically unbeatable.




I love my glass pen, but I'm so afraid of breaking it. And I wanted something that I could take with me, between my house, my ma's house, my friend's house, the library, ect. But I've never found a metal dip pen nib that I like. All I've tried is too scratchy.
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#7 Astron

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 17:56

Another thing is that the surface tension on an alternative should be the same as it is for glas. I think thats one of the biggest problems.



#8 Anderglan

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 18:04


I love my glass pen, but I'm so afraid of breaking it. And I wanted something that I could take with me, between my house, my ma's house, my friend's house, the library, ect. But I've never found a metal dip pen nib that I like. All I've tried is too scratchy.

There exist some FPs -- piston fillers -- with glass "nib"; vintage, at least


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#9 Ermennda

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 19:29

I was wondering if there are dip pens that are made from other materials than metal or glass. I suppose ceramic or acrylic would make for a good substitute for a complete glass dip pen. Or maybe wood, with a rounded point and with spiral grooves in it, similar to a glass pen.

All I see are glass dip pens and metal nibs that attach to a handle. I can't find anything else. Help?

Rang handmade pens, in India, makes ebonite holders that accept a fountain pen nib and feed. Easy to clean since they are just friction fit. They are clourful bordering on garish. I vagely remember other brands did the same. Probably discontinued though.







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