For many in the cycling world, truing a wheel or even worse lacing the spokes of a wheel is almost like some sort of dark art, even alchemy. For me at least, doing anything that might be termed nib tuning, is very much the same thing.
Over the years I have read blog posts and watched YouTube videos that explain how one can make a dry nib wetter or a wet nib drier. How to rectify the dreaded babies bottom with micro-mesh. How to adjust the tines. How to floss said tines using a brass shim and how to spot all manner of ills by the use of a jewellers loop – that I have never seen any jeweller actually use!
It’s a minefield! Now, I have tried over the years to tune a nib that might have been too dry, however in all cases I have rendered that nib next to useless, with tines all over the place! Some ended up with a profile like the ski jump in Innsbruck!
If there was some sort of course you could go on for basic nib husbandry I might attend but I fancy nothing like this exists. There are people you hear about, who like horse whisperers, have an ancient skill handed down in secret to the chosen few. These people…these nibmeisters are hard to find and seem to have near mythical status attached to their abilities.
For me at least, I simply hope that the establishments I purchase my pens from have a good returns policy!
What do you think?