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$100 nib in a $20 pen - it's here


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#1 jmkeuning

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 14:25

Well, my nib is here. I said I was going to do it, and I did. I put a Minuskin re-tipped 14k Studio nib in my Lamy Vista.

So much fun.

I am at work so no pics or scans, but some later fo' sho'.
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#2 tcheuchter

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 14:34

A $100 nib on a $20 pen. I love this place! thumbup.gif

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 14:40

Makes sense, the nib (once called the pen) does all the work while the pen (once called the pen holder and fountain) are only there in support.
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 14:54

Awesome. biggrin.gif thumbup.gif


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Posted 20 August 2008 - 14:54

^

Exactly. I have lately been looking at my pens and realizing that I really care about the nib and the ink.

Because of this, I will be selling of a number of pens that just do not do anything special for me in terms if nibs. I will then put that money into nib work.
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 16:10

I'm looking forward to seeing pics, and a writing sample! I'm with you on the writing quality being the most important, along with the pen just feeling good in my hand - and the Vista certainly fits that bill for me. I hope you enjoy!

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 16:19

Well done, James. I've got one like that on its way home to me right now. An Omas nib in a third tier lever filler!

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 18:11

QUOTE (jmkeuning @ Aug 20 2008, 08:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, my nib is here. I said I was going to do it, and I did. I put a Minuskin re-tipped 14k Studio nib in my Lamy Vista.

So much fun.

I am at work so no pics or scans, but some later fo' sho'.

Thats Fantastic! Cant wait so see pics
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 18:24

That's awesome. I have considered doing that before as well. My fear is that because the Vista I have looks like closer to a regular pen than others I have is that someone might grab it and never return it!

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#10 jmkeuning

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 00:41

Sorry about the harsh light, I do not feel like setting up the gear. This Safari is old, my first fountain pen actually. I ordered the rollerball barrel when I ordered the nib, but the barrel is back-ordered. Once it is here this puppy will be an eyedropper. Maybe. If I trust it.

The coolest thing about this pen is that when you want to change inks you just rip the feed out and hose the whole thing off. It's so cool.

Sample is written on Moleskine. (wow, feather much?)








Edited by jmkeuning, 21 August 2008 - 01:03.

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#11 Aslan

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 00:46

J, can't see pictures.
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 00:48

QUOTE (jmkeuning @ Aug 20 2008, 08:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry about the harsh light, I do not feel like setting up the gear. This Safari is old, my first fountain pen actually. I ordered the rollerball barrel when I ordered the nib, but the barrel is back-ordered. Once it is here this puppy will be an eyedropper. Maybe. If I trust it.

The coolest thing about this pen is that when you want to change inks you just rip the feed out and hose the whole thing off. It's so cool.







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#13 jmkeuning

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 00:49

I am an editing madman. I remoted on to my work computer and realized that I cannot see the pics from there either. Then I fixed my mistake, those who know, know what I did, those who do not, I will not admit it!

Edited by jmkeuning, 21 August 2008 - 01:02.

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#14 PAKMAN

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:40

So exactly what size did you have him make the nib? I notice it says F for fine on the nib itself.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 17:09

Monster nib! <swoon> smile.gif

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 17:19

Excellent job! You have a one-of-a-kind pen created exactly to your specifications. I would not have thought of it so commend you on a most creative approach.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 17:32

QUOTE (pakmanpony @ Aug 20 2008, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So exactly what size did you have him make the nib? I notice it says F for fine on the nib itself.


It is a 1.2mm ball. Greg was limited by the small size of the nib, so he gave me the biggest that he could.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 11:44

I had the chance to write with this pen about a week ago, and it's as good as it looks in pictures. This is a really cool nib!

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 15:42

Careful - this will make us bring out the Wality Frankenpens with vintage 14K nibs. . .

QUOTE (RLTodd @ Aug 20 2008, 07:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Makes sense, the nib (once called the pen) does all the work while the pen (once called the pen holder and fountain) are only there in support.

Well, this was true of the dip pen days, but with fountain pens you have a few more issues - like feeds, and reserviors and the like. Things that can make the difference between drought and flood, skip and blob.

Fortunately, they worked out most of that about 40-50 years ago, so there is not much difference between a $20 pen and a $200 one in regards to feed performance.

My current favorite is a Wality with a Sheaffer No-nonsense feed and a Wality nib I reground to a fine stub. Writes as well or better than anything I have.

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 16:10

Johnny: Hey, that's my line! Or something close, at least.

Eversharp Skyline stub nib (or just a vintage-style broad?) in one of Badr's $10 Dollar piston fillers, straight outta Pakistan. It might be blasphemy, but I don't really like the look or the usability of the Skyline, and one I got off of eBay has a warped cap or barrel, leaving the nib to scrape along the inside of the cap when you try to screw it on. Great pen, but not something I could actually take with me and use.

I got the Skyline for $10 shipped in one of those "not a pen expert" auctions, but to me it is a better nib than most pens at any price.

Click here to see a big photo of it (1.7 MB).

I'm buying a few more of these pens from Badr, and probably waving good-bye to bothering with new pens. smile.gif Viva la Frankenpen!

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