Nib Grinding, in Brief

…it scares the crap out of me.

But also, I have a pipe dream of apprenticing some day under a local nibmeister. Let us only hope that I don’t giggle at the term “nibmeister” in his presence.

It seems that there are less women in the pen world, similar to… well, just like most other trades (there are less women tattoo artists, less women metalsmiths…). Anyone who says feminism is over and women have achieved equality in the workplace should take a look at the stats. And well, it would rock to make some money off pen grinding/making in the long run.

But for now, I successfully turned my skipping, dry-writing Parker 45 M nib to a smooth-writing stub. Which, I think, is one step closer to being a Hot Pen Babe.

I didn’t completely get rid of its skipping problems; it requires priming every so often (sliding the converter to push the ink up the feed). But it’s a hell of a lot smoother, and more of a stub than it was before. Overall, I’m very satisfied with this little experiment…

A more recent writing sample

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3 Responses to “Nib Grinding, in Brief”


  1. 2 Mike November 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    That is pretty amazing work! What ink colors are in the samples? I really dig the green.

  2. 3 Cole November 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    @Mike
    Thanks! The green is J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage. I felt pretty neutral about this ink (it was just a straight-up green, and I prefer something with more complexity) UNTIL I used it in my Parker 45, which is a super-wet writer and really brought out the shading 🙂


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