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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_of_Clouds View Post
    Is it really a thing?

    In all the time I've used fountain pens, both recent years and distant years, I have never felt the need nor desire to write with the (often untipped) up-side of the nib.

    So, do people really reverse write with their pens? Or is it some weird thing that has been born on YouTube?

    Colour me curious.


    ps, asked around and nobody I personally know has ever heard of it.
    It is a matter of practicality.

    On a pen that works, the ink is already at the tip of the tines, whether you choose to let it on the paper using the underside or topside, it will write either way.

    But on most nibs, writing with the topside will yield firmer and finer lines than otherwise. And sometimes this can be used to our advantage.

    I do admit that I feel strange when using the nib reversed for the whole writing (or sketching) session, it feels like I'm not using the pen correctly, no matter how my mind tried to rationalize it.

    I also remember a few occasion when I irritatingly discover a nib which writes in an exquisite fine italic when used in reverse, but when used normally, it produce boring and blobby lines.
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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    what really gets fun are the intentional double-sided custom grinds.

    My local dude (domainofdolin around here) has done a fistful for me and they're really fun.

    my favorite is what we call the Rhino, it's a sharp-ish italic that reverses to a damned fine. best carved from a bit B or BB, but doable on a M.

    I've seen some wild ones that are F normally and big juicy italics or architects on the reverse.

    The first custom reversibles I saw were on Richard Binder's table at pen shows.

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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
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    I've seen some wild ones that are F normally and big juicy italics or architects on the reverse.
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    Yes, these are fun nibs! I once made one by myself of two Pelikan steel nibs, which I mounted one on top of the other, to grind the tip of one side extremely broad and to keep the other side fine:

    Pelikan Doppelfeder by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Pelikan Doppelfeder by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    ...kind of a budget sailor cross point.

    Pelikan Doppelfeder by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    It's indeed fun to write and to doodle with this.
    Last edited by christof; August 4th, 2021 at 08:56 AM.

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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    christof, how did you fit them both in the section? the result is amazing...those shadows in your sketches are given such an intensity by the extra broad side!
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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    christof, how did you fit them both in the section?
    I had to adjust both the feeder and the collar. I reduced the diameter of the feeder and enlarged the bore of the collar.

    My tiny Emco lathe is very helpful for tasks like these:

    EMCO Unimat SL by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    christof, how did you fit them both in the section?
    I had to adjust both the feeder and the collar. I reduced the diameter of the feeder and enlarged the bore of the collar.

    My tiny Emco lathe is very helpful for tasks like these:

    EMCO Unimat SL by C.M.Z, auf Flickr
    Oooh. Tool porn - what a gorgeous little lathe

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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    @christof , is that a Unimat DB200?

    Tiny lathes like that are both beautiful and useful for FP tinkerers. I just wished that it's possible to retain the small size and give them ability to cut threads.
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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    @will
    I think it is an Unimat SL. And yes, the possibility of cutting threads would be great.

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    Default Re: Reverse writing

    Huh, who knew!

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