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FeloniousMonk

Hello kind sirs and ladies,

 

I recently acquired this Mabie Todd 313 long dip nib that had been installed in a Watermans #12 eyedropper. This is my first dip nib, my first Mabie Todd, and my oldest pen by at least a couple decades. A sample via dip test follows below.

 

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Best regards,

Eric

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That looks like hours of fun!

I wonder when they started putting breather holes in their nibs...it has the proportions and flex of a dip nib but it’s the first I’ve ever seen with a breather hole.

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That looks like hours of fun!

I wonder when they started putting breather holes in their nibs...it has the proportions and flex of a dip nib but it’s the first I’ve ever seen with a breather hole.

Thanks! I’m very excited to have a nib with such easy flex. There is a thread in the Mabie Todd forum about dip nibs, and it does appear that examples with breather holes are quite scarce.

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Beautiful nib!

 

Looks very elegant - and I love the shaping on the underside of the tines. I'm guessing this is what gives it its flex?

 

Congratulations!

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Nice one. If the tipping is intact and the nibs aren't bent, these can be quite nice pens. I like the body of the pen, too. With the feed installed, I would imagine you could write for quite a way on a single dipping.

 

Congrats!

 

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...snip...

 

With the feed installed, I would imagine you could write for quite a way on a single dipping.

 

 

I was hoping that the pen could be filled and used as a fountain pen, rather than a dip pen? Is this possible?

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I was hoping that the pen could be filled and used as a fountain pen, rather than a dip pen? Is this possible?

 

I would imagine it's possible. You had mentioned "my first dip nib" and so I assumed you wanted to use it as a dip pen. Clean it out, carefully, and see if it writes. If it holds water, it will most likely hold ink. The feed may be clogged, so check for flow.

 

Good luck!

 

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I would imagine it's possible. You had mentioned "my first dip nib" and so I assumed you wanted to use it as a dip pen. Clean it out, carefully, and see if it writes. If it holds water, it will most likely hold ink. The feed may be clogged, so check for flow.

 

Good luck!

 

Thanks, AAAndrew. Just to clarify: I'm not the OP, but when I saw the pen I wondered if it had been converted to a FP.

 

Thanks for answer, though. I am thinking along similar lines.

 

Regards.

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Is it my imagination, or is that a tipped, oblique nib?

ron

 

It does look a bit oblique in the image, but it’s such a very fine point that I don’t really notice when writing. Yes, there a tiny bit of iridium on the tip.

 

I was hoping that the pen could be filled and used as a fountain pen, rather than a dip pen? Is this possible?

 

I do believe that the previous owner was intending for it to be converted, as the nib fits pretty well against the feed. I’ve not water tested it yet, but I’m hopeful that it’ll seal okay. I’m wondering if I should attempt to heat-set the feed?

 

I like the ink. What's the mix ratio?

Thank you. It’s 1:1. Another nice combo is R&K Morinda (red) and Salix (a dark blue-black iron gall that is apparently formulated to be fountain pen friendly).

 

 

Best regards,

Eric

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