The Nib Section

30 - The Hand Senses More Than the Eye Can See

October 12, 2018

The special guest this episode is Anabelle Hiller - harpist, goldsmith, and nib specialist for Appelboom in the Netherlands - who chats to Chuck about her nib work. We also discuss the Pilot 100th Anniversary LE’s, Sailor’s Naginata 3.0 nibs, and the first Tokyo International Pen Show.


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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Leo (@inquisitivequill) and Diana (@thegrynne). The special guest was Anabelle Hiller (@stringsandpedals) - her website is Opus Cineris.




00:57—What We Are Writing With 


Diana: GvFC Snakewood EF w/ Diamine Grape

Chuck: Aurora Edo Yellow w/ Noodlers’ Bulletproof Black

Leo: Sailor F4 w/ Platinum Carbon Black




Pilot 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Fountain Pens Press Release

Pilot Vanishing Pilot Cross Lines LE - Pensive Pens

Pen Talk - Pilot Pen's 100 Year Anniversary, Crossed Lines, and the New Explorer Pen - Goldspot Pens

Crónicas Estilográficas (Bruno Taut)


Pilot Custom 65 - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 70th Anniversary LE - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 75th Anniversary LE - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot 80th Anniversary LE Red Shijin - Airline International

Pilot 80th Anniversary LE Black Shijin - FPN

Pilot 85th Anniversary LE Hiten - FPN

Pilot 88th Anniversary LE Nioh - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 90th Anniversary LE Raden Toki - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 90th Anniversary LE Toki - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 95th Anniversary LE Dragon - Aesthetic Bay

Pilot 95th Anniversary LE Rising Dragon - Elephant & Coral

Retrospective of Pilot Annivesary LEs - Elephant & Coral

Pilot 100th Anniversary teddy bear - Inquisitive Quill

The Case of Naginata. I. The Press Release - Crónicas Estilográficas

New pens fitted with the 3rd generation Naginata nibs - Nagasawa

Yukio Nagahara (@yukio.nagahara)

Aurora Calligraphy nibs - Filippo Loghero

Rey Chang (@reychangtw)

Bungubox Omotesando (@bunguboxkaoru)

Eboya (@eboya_made_in_tokyo)

Tokyo International Pen Show

Tokyo International Pen Show 2018. A Stationery Salon - Crónicas Estilográficas



Mora Stylos


Chuck’s custom pen hoodie

Ink House HK (@inkhousehongkong)


31:01—Interview: Anabelle Hiller


Lamy Dialog 3 - Appelboom

Appelboom Pennen

Fountain Pen Network

Episode 9 - Nibs 101

Ralph Reyes (@reachingralph)

Regalia Writing Labs

Regalia 9th Symphony Nib

Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen - Appelboom

P.W. Akkerman

La Couronne du Comte

Anebelle’s nib-working tools

Leica A60 Stereo jewellers microscope 

Fountain Pens The Netherlands

Mikaela Davis - Delivery

Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange - Appelboom

Sailor Pro Gear Tequila Sunrise

Regalia Crown Epilogue Nib - Regalia Writing Labs



Pen 18111




Plastic pen tubes - Ebay

Quay Restaurant

Dead End Design (@deadenddesign)

Portrait of Lemons


01:12:55—Thanks and Credits


Producer: Chuck Montano, Diana Dai.

Recording and editing: Chuck Montano, Diana Dai.

Special thanks to Anabelle Hiller.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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