About My Nibs

Jowo 5 and 6 nibs available in polished and gold tone.  Black oxide has been discontinued.  If you want a blackened nib I can torch them.

Jowo #8 nibs have been discontinued, but I still install Bock 380 gold and titanium nibs.

I will only install Bock nibs if you specifically request them.  Otherwise all my pens will use Jowo.

I can only supply you with Bock 380 nibs, but if you have your own threaded nib unit I’m happy to install it in your pen.

Jowo Line widths on Rhodia 7mm lined paper.

Jowo 18k #6 nibs

I write test and tune every nib that I put on a pen so it should write wet and smooth as soon as you get it.  If you prefer your nib a different way please let me know when ordering and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.  If you provide your own nib I don’t do anything to them except make sure they write.  If it needs a tune up or grind, I can recommend others for that work.  Basically, I won’t work on nibs that I can’t replace.

All grinds with a custom pen order are $30, only on my own Jowo and Bock nibs.  I sometimes send gold and titanium nibs to Mark Bacas to be adjusted or ground.


Getting it right.  If we were at a pen show and you handed me the pen, I did some work to it, handed it back, and it wasn’t just right, you would hand it back until I had it right.  That’s how I work.  When you get the pen back from a grind or tuneup and it’s not just exactly right, please don’t think that we’re finished.  Let me know how it feels and we’ll continue the work from there.  First return gets free shipping, after that I ask that you pay for the return shipping.  Any questions please do ask.


Ebonite nib units

I’m providing ebonite nib units with all Shinobi, Prospector, and Breaker pens from now on (April 2020), or as long as I’m able to keep buying them.

This allows the nib and feed to be oriented in any position so that the top of the nib lines up with the pen barrel in just the right way.  I do not recommend pulling nib and feed for regular cleaning as this can result in a loose fit, and a drippy or poor writing pen.  I don’t recommend pulling the converter unless it breaks b/c the fit between nib unit nipple and converter is extremely tight.  In fact I have to sand the nipple down a little so a converter will even fit on it.  This is a very thin area and could break if you’re not extremely careful.

I will provide a small rubber grip with these pens, so that if you HAVE TO, you will be able to pull the nib and feed, and realign it so that the top of nib lines up with the pen barrel correctly.

Again – I don’t recommend you take these apart unless it’s completely necessary, or the converter fails.

Care and Cleaning.

 


More reading about nibs in general:
Edison Pens: A note about nibs.
Richard Binder:  A note about nibs.
Ravens March: A great resource on adjusting flow.