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  1. In trying to hone my skills at grinding, polishing and tuning nibs I am looking for a source of ‘bulk’ #5 and #6 steel nibs on which to practice. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
  2. HartGummi

    Micromesh

    Does anybody know places from which micromesh can be bought for reasonable price? I have searched online in the usual locations but it is either not available or it is being sold for ludicrous prices. @K Singh
  3. alexander_k

    Pens That Hate Me, I: Parker 25

    When I was young, there were few fountain pens in the shops and even fewer I could afford. I had a few gaily colored plastic cylinders from the Sheaffer NoNonsense range but they felt too light and insubstantial. And I had a couple Parker 25 pens. I was not taken with the form of the nib or the barrel but at least the 25 felt more solid and balanced in my hand. Unfortunately, just like the NoNonsense, the 25 was too dry, with frequent flow problems. Quite often there was little difference between writing with a 25 or a ballpoint pen. Many years and many pens passed until a 25 reappeared among my pens. It was by accident: the 25 was in a lot of 20-odd pens that I bought online. It immediately disappeared in a drawer and resurfaced only recently when I decided to experiment with nib grinding. So, I cleaned and inked it. The first letters I wrote with it brought back all those memories of agony and disappointment. The ink flow was too stingy and the pen was too unresponsive. I went ahead with the grinding, which went well, but turning its nib into a decent CI did little to improve the writing experience. Never one to abandon an underdog, I took out the nib and feed, and tried everything I could to improve flow but for the first time I had to accept defeat. No improvement was noticeable. Even worse, the other pen I used in the grinding experiment, a Parker Vector, wrote so much better both before and after - and the Vector is a pen that seems far less appealing than the 25. The only conclusion I can reach is that the 25 simply hates me but Id like to know why. Was it something I did?
  4. I have really gotten myself into fountain pen repair, in the last two years. I have spent money on books, tools, parts etc. But what fascinates me the most is nib tuning and repairing. What I mean by that is any work that is done on the nib, such as crack welding, retipping, polishing, smoothing and grinding. Especially grinding. However I struggle to find any information, regarding nib grinding. No videos, guides on what machinery is used, where can one get such machinery, what polishing compounds or wheels are used, nothing at all. I am truly desperate because I really want to learn how to do this (I consider it even as a profession) and I have no access to any useful information at all. Does anyone know any books, websites, pdf's, anything that has information on how to do various grinds. What wheels-bits are used, what compounds, where can one get these...Anything at all would help me a lot ! P.S. I am not interested in using stones etc, these I know how to use them, plus I find them inconvenient . I am talking about methods that require power tools, such as dremels, or other custom (or not) grinding machines, that get the job done fast.
  5. I was thinking about buying a stereo microscope ( my budget is around 250$ to 300$ max) , to do various nib works such as grinding polishing etc. I have a very good belomo 12x loupe but the magnification just isn't enough for me. I want to be able to see very fine details on the tipping of the nib which I can't see with the loupe, especially when working on finer nibs. Now I do have a few options on what to buy, but really need someones opinion. The first choice would be the Amscope se400-z ( https://amzn.to/2SbzszH ). Seems like a good deal and has good reviews. The problem is that it does not have variable zoom plus I don't know if 20x magnification would be enough to show me the finer details of the tipping material and if there would be a noticable difference compared to the loupe. The other option is buying a used microscope from ebay, perhaps from a better brand (leica, zeiss etc) but at my budget most of the ones that I find have pretty much 20x zoom at most (usually its even less, around 10x). The third option would be to buy something unbranded from aliexpress (https://bit.ly/2WCgfps I have something like this in mind) which has more zoom and it is variable too. But again I am trying to avoid this, because I am not certain about the quality of the product and due to the fact that parcels outside eu get stuck at customs, I'll be forced to pay something around 20 euros plus 27% of the price of the item (including shipping). Ideally I would like to buy the amscope se400-z, if 20x magnification is enough to see any difference when comparing it to the loupe. So my question is, is it worth it? Will there be much difference compared to the loupe? Does anyone more experienced have any other proposals, such as another microscope that I have not considered? Any information would be much appreciated and helpful
  6. Nestorvass

    Nib Grinding Machine

    I have seen many professional nib grinders such as Mike Masuyama, John Mottishaw, Nobuyoshi Nagahara (Rest In peace), use some kind of rotary bench machine that has various attachements (diamond wheels etc). I would like to know where can one buy a similar machine, how is it called and what attachments are they using. The reason I am asking, is because I want to upgrade me nib grinding-smoothing setup from a simple (and dangerous due to high rpm) dremel tool, to something a bit more professional and perhaps safer. Here is Mike Masuyama with the machine that I am reffering to Thanks in advance, Nestor Vassiliou
  7. Hello all, i wanted to try a flex nib, so i orderd some Zebra-G nibs and modified them to fit on my Jinhao x450. The writing experience was horrible, but the shading was awesome. Until now i thought extreme shading is just possible with M or B nibs, even with JoWo Stubs i was not happy with the shading. But this Zebra-G Nib taught me a better understanding. Now i know that the writing pressure can make a huge difference, and i CAN get shading on my prefered nib size EF! So I tried to dremel a standard Jinhao nib, but the writing experienc was horrible again, though it flexes xD. (looks like a Stealth Bomber or something ) Finally I orderd a standard #6 Flex Steel nib from FPR and was able to fit it perfectly with some bending and grinding. I dremeled again (EMF-Mod) and grinded the M-Nib to something finer. The writing experience is good now, I`m just not totally happy with my EF-Grind- I have to do more research on this. Getting this much shading feels like a new universe to me. I can now test all my old inks with a new experience and the full color spectrum! (Noodlers Apache Sunset) If you have hints, suggestions or questions you are very welcome
  8. Greetings, Long story short. My wife gave me at Med. Nib Platinum StarWalker as a morning present at our wedding about 2 and a half years ago. And... I never use it. The Med. Nib is faaar to wide for me - which is a shame. Only finding out about the 6 weeks nib exchange recently - i got quite upset - and asked my wife, who knows I don't like nor use the pen because of the nib size, if the Sales assistent informed her about the Nib enchange. She said no. I emailed Customer service explaining the situation and aksing if I could exchange it. I got a flat out "We are very sorry you are unhappy with our product - but no chance of exchange". I was a little surprised. So I email back saying this, stating that my wife and I have probably spent 10,000 USD in various Mont Blanc products over the last 3-4 years, asking if they could help me make a sentimental item usable in everyday life. The answer back was, directly translated. "I am sorry that you are not happy with us not replacing a nib after a few years for free use". So. There we are. Technically i know that I have no claim on a replacement - but the nib has hardly been used, and we were not informed about the exchange program at the time of purchase, so I feel that some wiggle room could be applied. Rather then spending quite a lot for money for a replacement nib, i now have to investigate how to make the nib i have usable. Not knowing a lot about fountain pens, i have heard that one can grind a larger nib down to smaller sizes. Could someone please point me in a direction of someone who could help me with this? I would think waiting on the Classified for someone to sell a Plat. SW Fine/EF nib would perhaps leave me wating for a long time. Thanks for your help
  9. So, I bought a Delta Y2K Carbon Fibre special edition off of the 'Bay with an 18k broad nib. Pen came in today, I busted out the loupe to take a look at the nib, and... Seemingly an attempt to grind an oblique italic and it looks more like the nib was dragged down the road behind a car for a couple of kilometres. This is why you practice on cheap pens, kiddies.
  10. lawrenceloklok

    Newbie Grinding Montblanc 84 Nib

    Recently my Montblanc 84 had an ink flow issue, and i took a great deal of bravery to grind this nib (which belongs to my grandfather!). It still has some scratchy (which is undesirable ) but the ink flow is better now. Is it a good shape of a standard Montblanc nib? Any problem? Any suggestions? (The picture below.) Please leave some comments to my first grinding job. It really helps.
  11. mwduffy

    Nib Meister

    Okay, a while back, I purchasd a red M800 Pelikan with a cursive italic nib - the nib was a first for me and I looked forward to a new writing experience. I don't know, maybe I was expecting too much, but I had problems from the get-go. Was it the nib? Was it me? Was it just an expensive gamble that didn't pay off? After looking around to see what a new nib would cost, and kicking myself for opting for a cursive italic nib, I decided it was worth taking a chance to see what a nib meister might be able to do with the nib. I mean, things couldn't be any worse. Scratch. Skip. Hard start. So, after reading reviews on the web, I settled on Daniel Smith, the Nibsmith. Fast forward a little more than a month and I am enjoying my amazingly smooth Pelikan nib with just the right amount of stubbiness. A cursive italic as it should be! Daniel worked his magic quickly and for a ridiculously low price and what really impressed me was his honesty in recommending what had to be done to bring my nib back from the dead (that was my assessment - he saw it as something superb that just needed a little TLC.). Anyway, I'm glad to say I now have a nib meister of choice who I will use again as my pen collection grows. If anyone out there needs professional help with their nibs, I can't recommend Daniel Smith enough. Let's just say you couldn't do better than seek out the Nibsmith!
  12. Hello, I have been looking for good cheap nibs to practice grinding with for the last couple months. Even nibs like the Goulet nib, however were a bit too expensive as I knew I would screw a few up. Then I found these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3pcs-Platinum-Plated-Iridium-Point-Medium-Fountain-Pen-Nibs-new/221718724268?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D31031%26meid%3D4f16a20a6c224b2899c516d333cacc03%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D160976970969 (no affiliation with seller). They write a medium nib, are better than the stock nibs on most Chinese pens, and are cheap enough to make (and mess up on) crazy modifications just for fun. They are number 5 nibs, so they fit a good number of pens. Just thought I would share. Thanks, Phillieskjk
  13. Just visited Richard Binder's site, and came across his statement about closing the retail side of his business down. Seems like a true heavyweight of the pen scene is leaving us, which will be a big loss for us all, especially those of us who were yet to try one of his magic nibs. Which led me to think if we, on this forum, should consider sponsoring or creating some kind of scholarship for members interested in learning from the great nib-meisters?! Even if a hundred members donated $10 each, that could go a long way to creating such a scholarship. It would be a real shame if these skills don't get passed on to the next generation. If we do manage to put something together, you can count me in with $200 as my contribution..!
  14. When I attempt to start nib grinding I will probably start out using whet stones but have access to machines just like the one in the image show below. The ones I use for lapidary work are are diamond coated in different grits from a course to very fine on one side then the other set of wheels are polishers. Would something like this be ok for nib grinding or would the small metal points perhaps be bad for the wheels?
  15. What's the best way to learn the intricacies of nib grinding? All the well known grinders started somewhere, and I'm curious how they learnt their craft. Also, do they all need that grinding wheel the cut and polish, or are there other methods which aren't too laborious?





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