Our hosts tackle your questions about fountain pen nibs - what they are, what we love about them, and why they (sometimes) give us so much trouble.
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The hosts were Diana Dai, Taveet Sinanian, Sharyn Zha and Patrick Antolovich.
02:12—What We Are Writing With
Tav: Visconti Homosapiens Dark Ages, Edelstein Smokey Quartz
Sharyn: Caran d’Ache Hexagonal Carbon Fibre, Sailor Penlux Cobalt Blue
Patrick: Lamy Joy 1.9mm, Bookbinders Red Belly Black
Diana: Aurora Optima Black Pearl EF, Kobe Tao Black
Nib shapes, materials, and the grinds they come in, both the mundane and the exotic.
- Pictures and writing sample of a Spors glass-nibbed pen at Leigh Reyes’ blog.
- Sailor Specialty Nibs reference page at Nibs.com.
- Teoh also has great reviews and photos of Sailor specialty nibs at ParkaBlogs.
- Mike Matteson also has a YouTube video that provides a good overview of the different nib grinds.
38:52—Let’s Talk About Flex, Baby!
A reminder to flex with caution!
David Nishimura’s posts on nibs at The Vintage Pens Blog
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- How would you make a nib wetter or dryer? (Quentin)
- Are there people who can retip nibs? (Maria)
- Have you used any of the Sailor specialty nibs? How easily can we get our hands on them? (Maria)
- Is the cost of warranty the only thing stopping modern penmakers from making vintage wet noodle nibs? (David Brennan)
- Which companies should you try before you buy due to QC issues? (Sunelle)
- Which non-branded nibs would you recommended? And which pens can you swap out the nibs on? (Sunelle)
The Desiderata Pen Company make hand-turned pens that will take a calligraphy dip nib.
Producers: Diana Dai, Taveet Sinanian, Max Schumacher, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Music: Michael Pearce.
Logo: Will H. Smith.
Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.