Alright. Onto the subject of nib grinding. If you're really into fountain pens, then you're probably familiar with (at least some of) the awesome nib grinders out there. They do amazing work, whether restoring livelihood or adding character. A fountain pen with a custom ground nib is that much more likely to connect with the user.
But surely, (successful) nib grinding is the work of dark magicians! Right?
That's definitely the impression I was under. Then, back in 2011, I read Alex's post on grinding down some Pilot Varsity nibs. The deal was sealed. I would eventually learn to grind my own nibs! All I had to do was acquire a lot of knowledge and courage.
Well it took a while, and a few File 13 projects, but I finally started achieving some success and genuine happiness with grinding my own nibs.
My main focus in grinding nibs was making finer lines. This is a big trend I've seen from folk who come to fountain pens from micro-point gel pens. It's quite a transition, even with most Japanese fine nibs. Once you reach Japanese extra fine, you're on (close enough to) equal footing. But not only is availability low, at least here in the US, but it also significantly reduces your options.
So I knew that if I could become proficient at grinding down nibs, I could more thoroughly enjoy some really cool/fun/nice pens. Like the Levenger L-Tech. My full review of the pen is on it's way, but today I'm going to showcase my before & after writing samples.
It's nothing intensely spectacular, but it does make all the difference for my enjoyment. Also, it means that I don't have to buy a $20+ nib unit that still wouldn't completely satisfy me. The line I'm getting from my L-Tech is consistently as fine or finer than my TWSBI & Lamy EF nibs.
Yeah. Really. I have got to work on my penmanship.
Speaking of criticizing oneself, that's definitely an issue with grinding your own nibs. I'm very pleased with this grind, but I'm still randomly caught thinking about how I could further adjust the nib.
BEGONE, SELF DOUBT! I REBUKE YOU!
I look forward to getting more adventurous with my grinds. Stay tuned.