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Hi, I've observed when writing with a pen that has a 'glossy' nib (compare it to skating on ice) across parts of the paper that has natural skin/hand oils (from either the writing hand moving top down the page or from the other hand steadying the page) that the nib tends to skip across the 'greasy' areas. Whereas when writing with a 'matte' nib (compare it to writing with a smooth pencil) these 'greasy' areas are not a problem, the nib just writes across it; although you can feel the 'slick'. Given the two nibs do not have 'baby's bottom'; my theory is that the matte surface area of the nib breaks the inks surface tension (because it has microscopic pits and grooves) thus helping the ink to spread and run. Before I take remedial action on my 'glossy' nib using very fine abrasive; what are your experiences with the above ? Would you accept it and just change your ink to a better behaved variety or would you just go ahead and rub the shine off the tip ? Or is there something else going one that I'm not aware of ? Thanks, Fabian