Nib Straightening Tools
February 25, 2015 5 Comments
Bent and buckled nibs are a problem. I can usually get them back into working condition but often they don’t look as good as they once did. Part of the reason for that is the tools that I’ve been using – a hardwood pen rest with a good concave area and a somewhat spoon-shaped dental pick that I have ground and polished into the shape that I want. These just aren’t good enough!
I had a look around online for tools and settled on Laurence Oldfield’s (Penpractice) full set of nib straightening tools in a wooden block. It’s not cheap but it is the business! It arrived yesterday and I’ve done some work with it already. It makes a tremendous difference to this difficult task. Also, I have to say, I spent quite a bit of time just looking at it. It really is a work of art. I do love handmade tools!
If you do a search online you’ll find several solutions to the problem of nib straightening. I have no doubt that they all have their advantages but I must say that I am very satisfied with this one.