View Full Version : My first stubby grind...

November 30th, 2012, 11:43 AM
The nib on this serwex looked like it had a bite taken out of it at first- maybe it had been hit by a tiny asteroid, I dunno. I set to smoothing it and ended up with this: close to 1.5mm I'm guessing. the metal was pitted in a couple spots near the tip so I had to go pretty far down to get to metal I could smooth properly.

first photo is comparing the ground guy to an untouched version of the same nib.

It works very well in my hand and scratches when a righthanded person uses it. fine by me. Now here's a pen I can have fun writing with and not worry about destroying at work or losing. Boom!

November 30th, 2012, 12:46 PM
I'm a lefty too, but I can't get italics to work for me. How do you do it?

The Follows
November 30th, 2012, 09:25 PM
Nice work! Did you use a stone to grind most of it away? Or was all micro mesh?

December 1st, 2012, 12:34 PM
I used (gasp) 150 grit sandpaper for the bulky work.

Sailor Kenshin
December 1st, 2012, 01:17 PM
Sweeeeet. What ink is that?

December 1st, 2012, 03:22 PM
Nice! Looks fun. My dad always gets on my case, saying I should just do what he did--buy some Sheaffer school pens and put fun grinds on them...we have very different tastes in pens :) He has a Pelikan MC120 calligraphy which he ground to a nice wide italic broad--i don't have any nibs of that sort yet, so its fun to take his out sometimes!

December 1st, 2012, 05:27 PM
Sweeeeet. What ink is that?that's organic studios boron brown.

December 2nd, 2012, 12:43 AM
that's organic studios boron brown.
It looks a bit like Rome Burning.
Nice grinding (makes your writing look real jazzy too) and great macro photography.

December 3rd, 2012, 11:10 AM
That looks really good manoeuver! I still have not got up the courage to do that grind yet but with all these Serwex pens around, I should.

December 4th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Thanks Ivan. I've never much liked those nibs anyway. Much more useful to me now.

Give it a shot.

December 10th, 2012, 06:58 PM
Is a stub nib easier to use for calligraphy than, say a music or just a broad nib?

December 10th, 2012, 08:04 PM
I've never tried a music nib. edged (stub, italic e.g.) are tougher to use than monoline nibs (broad e.g.) because you haveta keep the nib angle consistent. I am no calligrapher though. a stub makes nearly any handwriting look more interesting.