The Nib Section

13 - Try To Break This Pen…For Science

February 14, 2018

Diana talks with Tav and special guest, Ralph from BYOB Pen Club, about nib grinding and modifications, how they each got into nib work, and what it takes to be worthy of the title “nibmeister”. They also discuss fountain pen customisation and DIY in general.


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The hosts were Diana Dai and Taveet Sinanian (@nunc_est_scribendi), with special guest, Ralph Reyes (@reachingralph).




01:45—What We Are Writing With


Ralph: Red Dragon Pen Co Prototype w/ Richard Binder 2° Left Oblique Professional Italic grind

Tav: Lotus Shikhar B and Lotus “Duofold” B

Diana: ST Dupont Olympio Vertigo XL Stub


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07:25—Japanese pen companies and the US market redux


16:10—Interview: Ralph Reyes


Ralph’s IG: @reachingralph

BYOB Pen Club

Kingdom Note

Regalia Writing Lab Trilogy Nib

Sailor Nagahara King Eagle

Leigh Reyes

Sailor “Shiro” steel nibs


Regalia Writing Lab Steel Flex Nib

Jowo steel nib units

Sailor Specialty Nibs including Nagahara King Eagle Concord

Noodler's Fountain Pens

Fountain Pen Revolution

Jinhao x750 w/ Zebra G nib

Philadelphia Pen Show

Desiderata Pen Company

Sailor Nagahara King Cobra

The “Leviathan” prototype

Gourmet Pens


@penproclivities (John Lim)

Sailor Nagahara Cross Concord Emperor

Mike Masuyama

Richard Binder

John Mottishaw


1:04:07—Customisation, Modification, and DIY



Carolina Pen Company

Scriptorium Pens

Newton Pens

Edison Pen Co

Ranga Pens

Romillo Pens


Grinding Your Own Nibs - Ludwig Tan

Sydney Pen Show




The Lettering Tribe Calligraphy Kit


The Left Hand of Darkness

The Dispossessed


1:29:24—Thanks and Credits


Producers: Diana Dai, Taveet Sinanian, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.

Special thanks to Ralph Reyes.

Music: Michael Pearce.
Logo: Will H. Smith.
Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.