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Offline ernie_tan

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How long do you use a nib?
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:37:52 AM »
I am wondering, how long do you use a nib until you replace a new one? I found my nib gets scratchy very fast. My Brausse 66 last for about 5 hours (constant writing). After that, it goes scratchy. It still writes, but I do not feel it is as smooth as when it is new. I am a sucker in maintaining a nib. Usually I just wipe it with a paper towel after writing. I know I am so bad!!! Please share how long do you use a nib and the maintenance too.
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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 11:53:33 AM »
Unless I need to get off PearlEx (sparkly) ink to keep it from contaminating, I just use water and a paper towel to clean between sessions.

I practice an average of an hour a night, and as of late I can use one nib for about 2-3 weeks, before I get to annoyed with it. BUT I notice a difference in smoothness or quality after a few days, just not enough to make me throw it out.

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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2015, 12:00:38 PM »
What ink are you using?  The ink will affect how long the nib lasts.
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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2015, 01:14:09 PM »
Wow! 5 hours? What ink are you using? I usually make my nibs last months lol... but yes they definitely get a lot less sharp after the first week or so.
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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2015, 07:51:26 PM »
I'm using Old World iron gall with Rhodia, and I get about three to six hours' continuous use from a nib.

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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2015, 04:30:54 PM »
I agree that some inks (i.e. sumi) do affect a nib's life. I try to make my nibs last long, too. If they're really scratchy, I still use them just for drills.

For maintenance, I use a spoolie to gently scrub the nib, to remove any stubborn gunk off then dip in windex :)
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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2015, 06:40:33 PM »
I can use my Zebra G Titanium for weeks before I notice scratching.  Then again, if someone presents me with Crane paper, then all bets are off.  My Blanzy 2552's are more delicate, so I reserve them for shorter work.  Judy, I'm curious, what is a spoolie?? 
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Re: How long do you use a nib?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2015, 04:27:57 PM »
Ditto what Marcia asked - Judy, what's a spoolie? :D

I am trying to get more life out of my nibs - I think I go through them too fast.  But, I like them VERY sharp, so when they start to lose that, I have a tendency to move on to a new one.  Nothing lasts more than a week, and if I'm using a nib continuously, it probably won't last more than a day.  I typically use Moon Palace Sumi (the Yasumoto green bottle eats the nibs too fast).  For envelope jobs, if I'm using a Hunt 101, for example, I might go through 2-3 for 100 envelopes, depending on the paper- this seems like a lot to me!  I can get through 100 on one Zebra G.