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Difficulty with CSI grind - RSI better?


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I had bought a Benu that is a lovely pen but whose nib seemed "meh".  I decided I would try a grind on it, but wanted to experiment with an inexpensive pen first so I tried a CSI (all remote, as this is Covidland) on a TWISBI Go, and thought it worked well but was a bit too wet.

 

I sent the Benu off for the same grind, and got the Go adjusted to be less wet.  Now that they're here I'm finding that they are difficult for me to write with comfortably, as they demand more precise positioning than I am accustomed to and my angle, rotation, etc. varies with where I'm seated and how I'm writing.  The nibmeister suggested converting the Go to an RSI to see if that suits me better, and then depending on what I think I can either have the Benu adjusted or throw up my hands and replace the nib with a different one.

 

Thoughts?  My handwriting is a cursive/print hybrid.  Are custom grinds not the best for people who don't always write in the same way? It had been such a long queue at the nibmeisters, too!

 

 

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I don't know what an RSI is, but if you don't enjoy a CSI, then a Stub would probably be the next most forgiving grind.

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2 hours ago, silverlifter said:

I don't know what an RSI is, but if you don't enjoy a CSI, then a Stub would probably be the next most forgiving grind.

I've bought out-of-the-box stubs, and I'm not a fan.  The R is for rounded, I believe, so more like a pen with tipping.

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Well, a rounded smooth italic is really just a stub 😛

 

Also, not all stubs are without tipping. Many do, especially fountain pen nibs (as opposed to calligraphy pens).

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It sounds like you prefer the convenience of a round tip pen to something with more of an edge.  I would not pursue any further customization.  

 

You might put the pens aside and try them later when you’re wanting to explore again.  Or you could sell or trade them.

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4 hours ago, essayfaire said:

My handwriting is a cursive/print hybrid.  Are custom grinds not the best for people who don't always write in the same way?

 

I'm quite happy with the Pelikan M600 nib that Dan Smith customised for me, and I write in three different styles of handwriting.

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18 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

 

I'm quite happy with the Pelikan M600 nib that Dan Smith customised for me, and I write in three different styles of handwriting.

Out of curiosity, how did you have him customize it? I don't write in characters, but I do a fair amount of math.

 

And I am going to try an RNI, not a RSI.

20 hours ago, silverlifter said:

Also, not all stubs are without tipping.

I did not realize this - I thought this was the reason custom grinds had to start with something that wasn't a stub.  Perhaps I will like this "stub with tipping!"

 

19 hours ago, gyasko said:

You might put the pens aside and try them later when you’re wanting to explore again.  Or you could sell or trade them.

They definitely have a sweet spot.  I keep playing with them.  I have less of a sweet spot! ;)

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2 hours ago, essayfaire said:

Out of curiosity, how did you have him customize it?

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/358649-how-to-communicate-with-a-nibmeister/?do=findComment&comment=4407301

 

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My advice would be to persist before thinking of anything else. Sometimes a nib type can reveal itself over time and use. It might be that you've done this already and I'm merely teaching you to suck eggs in which case you can ignore, but persistent use (especially through the 'frustration barrier') over a couple of months can train the hand to what can end up being exceptional nibs.

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