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Grind Ic Or Ib Nib To Fine?

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#1 ElastomerGuy


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:36

Is it possible to grind an IB or IC nib to a fine nib or do they need to be totally replaced with a new fine nib? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:16

Is it possible to grind an IB or IC nib to a fine nib



As long as there is enough tipping material on the nib in its current state, I see no logical reason why one could not skilfully and/or precisely remove enough of it such that what remains will put down a fine enough line smoothly and consistently. After all, (re)grinding a nib is essentially just removing metal to reshape the contact surface of what's left behind. Starting from a Coarse or Double Broad nib may mean more effort and/or more time is required; and if you're paying someone else to do the work, they may charge you a commensurately higher fee for the service, but it should be technically and humanly possible to do all the same.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 16:40

Just trade or sell and buy a fine new or used.

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 02:32

Possible? Sure. Practical or cost effective? May not be. If you pay someone, you will be without the pen, in addition to charges to perform the work. It may be less costly to just buy a new nib.

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 09:54

Thanks to all who posted a response to my query. I'm probably going to check with Conway Stewart and see if they can swap nibs.

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