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  1. danielpi

    Nib Manufacture

    For reference, here is a list of pen manufacturers and who supplies their nibs. I've gathered this from a lot of different sources (including older posts in FPN forums). I'll update and correct the list as I come across new data. There have been several earlier attempts to organize this information on FPN, but hopefully this is a bit more organized/centralized. For the record, I am aware (and should caution readers who are not) that not all Bock or JoWo nibs are the same. The mere fact that, e.g., Visconti and Omas both use "Bock manufactured nibs" does not mean, ipso facto, that they use th
  2. For those FPN members at least somewhat familiar with vintage Esterbrook fountain pens, what is your favorite among the many vintage Esterbrook nibs? One might ask in reply, "Favorite for which purpose?" Let's not get bogged down in technicalities. If you want to discuss your favorite for a particular purpose, feel free to do so. At this point, I use my vintage Esterbrooks for general writing and my signature. My favorite is the # 9788 -- flexible medium. I enjoy the modest springiness of the nib as I write, and to me it has an overall luxurious feel when writing. What say you?
  3. the scribo feel has nibs that are reputedly made using the same machines as the omas paragon nibs - is there anyone here with representatives of these nibs for a head to head comparison? the metallurgy would be different considering the scribo nibs are split between 14k and 18k whilst the paragon seems to only come in 18k.
  4. Hi, I was looking for this information both on FPN and other sources, added some experiments and this is what I maneged to put together: 1) Faber-castell eMotion, ambition, loom, basic, and (!!!) GRIP use same size nibs. 2) I am ready to bet they are exactly the same nibs. 3) The nib is #5. I made sure just puting both JOWO and BOCK #5 nib into GRIP, LOOM and ambition. 4) For some of those pens (eMotion and Ambition for sure) there are nib units avalible. Basicly it is nib, feed and whole section, so must be matched to pen model and sometimes version (ie all black eMotions)
  5. Here is what their recent Facebook post says: お客様各位: 誠に心苦しいお知らせをしなくてはなりません。 本日2月1日より長刀研ぎ万年筆と細美研ぎ万年筆の新規受注を一時休止させていただきます(受注再開は2018年6月頃を予定しております)。 ■「セーラーオリジナルペン先」製品の受注一時休止のお知らせ(PDF)  (長刀研ぎ万年筆と細美研ぎ万年筆)   And this is a machine translation of the above: "Dear customers: I really have to do a hard hearted announcement. Starting today February 1st we will temporarily suspend new orders for long-sharpened fountain pens and fine sharpening fountain pens (We will resume ordering around June 2018). ■ Notice of temporary suspension of orders for "Sailor's original pen tip" product (PDF) (Long-blade sha
  6. ssataline

    New Jowo Nibs In Se Asia?

    Hi all. I have a new pen, this an ASA Nauka from India, and I must replace the Jowo nib. I have my favorite nibbers in the US, but I'm in Hong Kong and would like to find someone in this region to avoid high shipping costs. Any recommendations? Mask up and Thank you!
  7. HartGummi

    Kanwrite Nib-Housings

    My experience with fountainpens ended some time ago. Coincidentally my handwriting also deteriorated around that same time. Having sworn to put my eyedropper pens to paper I started wondering about the nibs. Kanwrite nibs (from the few reviews I have seen) seem to be good especially for their price. Unfortunately I am a student who cannot afford to buy lots of nibs from the people who made my ebonite pens. I want to know if Kanwrite's nib-housings are compatible within "standard" sections. Do "standard" housings even exist? Could I fit one of Kanwrite's nibs into my two Jowo #6 tipped
  8. I have some problems with the ink flow on 3 Scrikss fountain pens they write very very wet for about 3 pages and after that they stop writing and you have to prime the feed in order to write again with those pens . I was thinking that must be a problem with the feed so in order to check that i am trying to remove the nib and feed without any success ! I mention that the pens are new and they have this problem from the beginning ! Anyone has any idea how i can remove the nib and feed on Scrikss fountain pens ?
  9. I was thinking of buyiing several nibs and housings straight from Kanwrite. Their range of nibs has convinced me that they are the best option for me given my budget. This still leaves me with pens in which these could be fitted. Kanwrite's pens don't interest me as much as their nibs do. I previously bought a Guider and was satisfied by it. It made me wonder if Guider is willing to make their standard models but for nibs sent by the customer. Has any poster tried doing this?
  10. emshore

    Damaged Lamy Nib

    I recently bought a Lamy 2000 in the mail from an official dealer. The pen came with a extra-fine nib, and I asked them to change it for a fine. The pen always wrote a little scratchy, but I read that that is typical of Lamy 2000s. The scratchiness got worse, however, and I sent it in for repairs. Bob Nurin, the official Lamy repairman, wrote me back that the nib had experienced trauma and that one of the tines was bent. I am super careful with my pens, and it certainly didn't happen with me. Could such a thing have happened when the nib was changed? A new gold nib costs $100, which is not a s
  11. essayfaire

    Is This My Imagination?

    As some of you may know, I have been on the hunt for the right ink for my new Sailor Vega MF. It seems to me that the MF nib is no larger than the HF I have on my 1911S. Samples are with Sailor Jentle ink (black) in the 1911 and Oster Tokyo Blue Denim in the Vega. The MF doesnt seem as smooth, which is odd as it should be wider. Anyone else have similar experiences? It is more pronounced on my Peter Pauper Press journal than it is on, say, a newspaper crossword. Apologies for the upside down images - new device that should make pictures easier once I have time to figure out how to use an
  12. Mysterious Mose

    Which Brands Have Flex Nibs?

    For three years, I've had a Stipula Splash fountain pen. I like the V-Flex nib and the piston ink filler. I don't like the size -- it's tiny. I don't like that it railroads when pressed hard. So, what other pens have flex nibs? Price matters but right now I'm just gathering information and wouldn't want to limit the candidates to any particular price range. I know that Esterbrook has a flex nib. Who else does?
  13. Muchsharpernow

    Welding Stacked Nibs

    I published the fourth video in my stacked nibs fundamentals series on Monday. This one is about welding. Check it out here. The next video will be about options for grinding the tip. Take care out there! -Jim
  14. Hi everyone, I'm Jim, known as PenSloth over on Instagram. I finally got around to making a video of one of my nibs and a writing sample. (Hopefully, this is the right place to post this.) At some point in the future, I'm going to do more videos, including some technical information about grinding and stacking nibs. Thanks! -Jim
  15. Sal the List Maker

    What Is Everyone's Favourite Nib Size?

    I thought I liked the B or at least the M, then as I grow cough cough older I seem to prefer the EF. However, lately I find Lamy EF is sometimes scratchy, and since the EF doesn't show much shading I feel F is the way to go! I honestly feel like swapping all my nibs to an F right now if not for the fact that when I write in birthday cards and such my handwriting is much bigger and an M would look much nicer & show off the ink way better. So yeah my favourites would be the F for everyday writing and note making, and M for greeting cards & gift tags. What about y'all?
  16. 2012 Montblanc Writers Edition Jhonatan Swift M Nib The Art Of Engrave Montblanc Special and Limited Editions Nibs I am a Montblanc collector, and as someone have already known, I have a great interest in special and limited editions of the company. It is true that, as a good purist, I started with a 149, which has been followed by several others 149´s and Meisterstuck pieces, but my collection has focused on the writers edition, expanding to great characters and donation pen. In short, special editions and limited editions. It is not my intention to comment abo
  17. The next set of pens in this series come from Tombow and Rotring. They are what seems to be an early Tombow Zoom 101 and a non-telescoping Rotring Espirit. The Epirit predates the absorption of Rotring by Sanford. Both pens are no longer in production. I purchased the Espirit in 2009 and the Zoom 101 in 2007. https://imgchr.com/i/1jszYd">src="https://s2.ax1x.com/2020/02/14/1jszYd.md.jpg" alt="1jszYd.jpg" border="0" /> The pens share little in external appearance although both are thin compared to many pens on the market. The Rotring is made from anodized aluminum and consistent wi
  18. stoen

    Pelikan Music Nibs

    Hi, I regularly use a few vintage Pelikans dated between 1934 and 1959, and keep them in perfect writing condition. I am curious about Pelikan music nibs. I've heard a few stories of those who once have used them. From the appearance (size, engraving style) one might guess they could have been manufactured in smaller quantities during the 100n production era (1937-1954). Does someone in the Forum perhaps have a more educated info on this topic? Are there any manufacturing records? Can those Pelikan music nibs still be occasionally found somewhere? I understand this is a subject of limited in
  19. This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts that start looking at the similarities between nibs of various brands, especially lesser known, lower end manufacturers. The idea is to see if we can figure out relationships between factories beyond the Jowo, Schmidt, and Bock arrangements we know of. I don’t have any authoritative knowledge, just a collection that spans the lower end of the market and attempts to collect pens from different countries. I hope others will join in and add to the posts to create a more complete picture of the relationships between different companies
  20. I love everything about the Triple Tail. The largeness. The clearness. The non-smellyness. The plunger filling system. The 308 cartridges I can use. Everything, that is, but the nib itself. It's just too darn much for me. It's finicky, which is bad enough. But even when it does work after heat setting, etc -- and even with an ink as simple as 4001 Royal Blue or Waterman Serenity Blue -- it's like writing with a paint brush. And that's before flexing! Before I return it for a partial refund, I thought I would see if anyone has managed to trade it out for a #6 nib? And it not a basic #6, th
  21. can anyone give me a heads up as to what gold #8 nibs people have swapped into their conid kingsize with a high level of compatibility ? thinking of buying a kingsize and wonder if there are options for nib swapping with this particular model ?
  22. KiltedKrafts

    Waterman Taperite Nibs

    Hi all, first post here. I bought a taperite citation with the hooded nib that needs restoring, but the nib needs replacing. I have been scouring the web for months trying to find a replacement with no success. Having to guess at the nib description as all the engraving says is ‘made in england’ or some such. I have bought other taperites with the intention of nicking their nibs, but they are always in good condition and very saleable, so it would simply leave me with yet another pen needing a nib. Can anyone point me to a nib or provide an accurate description of the nib model so i can contin
  23. 1. TITLE Modification of Kaigelu 316 fountain pen using Bock type 250 nib unit (EF, stainless steel, 2-tone) and Beaufort Ink premium Ink Converter. 2. INTRODUCTION Recently, I acquired two Kaigelu 316 fountain pens which I adore, one is ivory or pearl colored with black swirls and the other is brownish colored with orange waves. The pens seem to be imitations of the more expensive Parker Duofold fountain pens. I bought them without their box from an ebay store in China, for under 20euros each (1). Figs 1a-1b 3. OBJECTIVE However, I was a little disappointed by the nib of the Kaigelu p
  24. Susanna

    Stipula Nibs

    I recently interviewed Luca Viti - Stipula's business partner and head of the pens’ department - because we re-started a business relationship after a few years off. As I wrote in the interview's introduction, "I missed the Stipulas. They are beautiful, interesting, and charming pens. They remind me of those prim-and-proper ladies: they won’t surprise you with the latest fashion, but will never look out of place." Well, apart from the aesthetics, I found out that Stipula now produces its own nibs, because a few years ago bought an old nib factory with all old equipments and started produc
  25. One of the things that I love about my Lamy Safari and vintage Esterbrook pens are the ease in which I can swap out a nib. The Safari nib just slides off and onto the feed, making it easy-peasy to switch nibs on the fly, even when the converter is full of ink. The Esterbrook nibs are a nib/feed assembly that screws in and out. It's not a nib I'd want to change when there's ink in the pen, but it's easy enough to switch when I want to try something different. What other pens have interchangeable nibs? I'm especially curious to know if the Sailor Pro-Gear Slim or the Pelikan M400 nibs are as
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