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    Exclamation Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    You could also make nibs the really old fashioned way:

    https://youtu.be/3xkOETcaVSk

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    Default Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    I have pretty much all the kit necessary (including slitting saws of the right size, presses etc, and still have little desire to try to make my own nibs, even though it's an interesting process. The tipping would be a problem - I don't have a welding setup (though I know a man who does...) but the actual material is pretty specialised as well, and would be of no use to me for anything else.

    I'll stick to what I enjoy, which is being able to repair/modify them.

    Kudos to those that make them from scratch.

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    Default Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    You could also make nibs the really old fashioned way:

    https://youtu.be/3xkOETcaVSk
    Crikey - I thought my slitting saw setup was terrifying until I saw that - and he carries on with the grinder on the other side with that thing just inches away from his bare arm. I'd have to book a season ticket at A&E!

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    Default Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    You could also make nibs the really old fashioned way:

    https://youtu.be/3xkOETcaVSk
    Wonderful craftsmanship with the bare minimum of equipment.

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    Default Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    From my research, gold nibs on dip pens were not originally tipped with any material. To the extent that the large gold nibs you see on older dip pens served one purpose: being sharpened periodically. The gold will naturally dull over time, so you would take it to a jeweler and have them put a new point on the pen.

    Here is an old manual that outlines the nib making process:https://archive.org/details/historyofinventi00fole
    This is a nice reference and thank you for the link!!!

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    Default Re: Making Nibs / Handmade Nibs

    The difference between before and after is like night and day... Great job and an amazing sketch....

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