Adventures in Nib Grinding – Lessons Learned in The Pursuit of the XXF Needlepoint

I love extra fine pens. The finer the better! I absolutely adore my extra fine Pilot Penmanship (XXF by Western standards)  as it is incredibly comfortable to hold and lays down a very fine line. However, in the search of something finer, I have begun grinding my own nibs. It started with nib smoothing and grinding stubs, but now my quest for knowledge has turned to creating needle point nibs.

There are plenty of tutorials teaching how to grind stubs and how to smooth nibs, but the information gets a little… thin (my apologies) when it comes to grinding needle points. When I grind my needle points, I try my best to replicate few pictures of needle points I have found online and my Pilot Penmanship XF nib.  This post is a compilation of lessons learned so far and my current method of grinding a Western XXF. I won’t go so far to call it a tutorial quite yet as I think I have a lot of practice left before I would be so confident. However, I hope this article may provide a starting point for my fellow nib grinding novices!
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Fountain Pen Revolution Fine Stub Nib Review

A short handwritten review of the Fountain Pen Revolution Fine Stub Nib. The nib is a #5 nib size and will fit pens like the TWSBI Diamond and all of FPR’s offerings. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend the nib unless you really want a fine stub nib and are unwilling to grind your own. The nib is insanely scratchy compared to FPR’s other nib offerings. There are better priced stub nibs that are much smoother.


Fountain Pen Revolution Fine Stub Review

Ink: Noodler’s Apache Sunset
Price: $7 USD

My introduction to stub nibs. Cheap but VERY scratchy. Some nib smoothing helped a little, but not much. The Size is nice to give a little flair to every day writing without becoming excessive or distracting. This nib is the old style without the FPR engraving.