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.
5 thoughts on “Nib Straightening Tools”
Definitely I second your opinion on the quality and usefulness of these tools. All it takes now is a bit of patience (depending how bad the nib is bent) to straighten it up a bit at a time.
It’s a difficult job but one that I enjoy. I think these tools will lead to a greater degree of success.
I’m sure you will make some superbe nib straightening with that cool kit. I share with you a passion for tools with age!
I have the identical set from Dr. Oldfield. I bought it a year ago, and have never been sorry. It does work, but requires substantial patience. I have a Waterman 52 BCHR that came to me with a crumpled set of tines…hopeless. IT is now my most dramatic and fully usable wet noodle. How special is this nib? Over 2.6 mm!!! Those tools were worth their cost!
Stuart (your friendly neighbor ‘cross the pond)
I’m sure it will pay its way in short order. I was doing quite well with the tools that I had to hand and had been using for several years but I’m sure this set will make it all rather easier.