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    Default Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    I just recently saw something on nib flossing using a brass sheet that is inserted between the tines. Sounds like it could help in cleaning. Has anyone tried this? If so, did it improve ink flow? Any bad results?
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    A thin brass shim can sometimes be used if a problem has arisen between the tines of a nib. i.e. the tines have been damaged, or misaligned and need resetting. It's not routinely used for cleaning.
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    Actually I use the very thin brass shims for nib flossing without any difficulty.
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    Yes. I use brass shims when grinding nibs to clean up particles between the tines that don't clean up with water.
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    A very handy thing to have. Dale Beebe at pentooling.com has a nice little set of 5 thicknesses. BTW, brass is suggested (over stainless steel sheets) as it is softer than gold, hence no scratching, etc.
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    Yes. I use brass shims when grinding nibs to clean up particles between the tines that don't clean up with water.
    Maybe I read the OP's post incorrectly as I didn't consider that "could help in cleaning" meant cleaning up particles between tines when grinding nibs. I use brass shims when I grind nibs, but not for routine cleaning out tiny bits of paper etc.
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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    For routine cleaning, I recommend just a soaking in cold water or, if you're really looking for help, an ultrasonic cleaner. I reserve flossing the nib for when I need to improve flow or de-burr. I prefer very fine Mylar sheets for flossing (the grey and the yellow colored ones) for de-burring especially. I've used non-abrasive mylar (just the smooth stuff to remove stubborn blockages (where someone tried to use india/artist inks or there's sticky/stubborn debris). For most situations, soaking or ultrasonic work fine for cleaning.

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    Default Re: Brass sheet for nib flossing.

    For cleaning a nib slit I use polyester sewing thread. Working a sheet of shim stock between the tines can increase the width of the slit and make the pen write wetter. I rarely want to do this. You can also work the thread between the feed and nib to clean out that area.
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