So I just kept working on that L-Tech nib :/
If you drink and grind, you'll eventually get to a point where you're just not satisfied with your nib grind. It might be effectively what you want, but you notice all the tiny little imperfections that come with a sloppy grind. Some of them cosmetic, some of them emotional.
Anyway, I decided to swap out the nib. But to what? I didn't want an italic or flex nib on the L-Tech - it's too mechanical in nature to have that kind of flamboyant nib.
It still felt like a pen that deserved a very precise line. You know, like a Japanese fine line.
Ok, so a steel Extra Fine nib to match aesthetics, and again, ideally Japanese. Because this is totally my bag, I have several Pilot Penmanships , though most of their nibs are in my Metropolitans. I wasn't sure if these nibs would fit a standard #5 nib housing, but I figured elbow grease was bound to make things work out in the end. Right?
Below is the original Medium nib from the Pilot Metropolitan, identical to the steel nibs in the Penmanship, Prera, Plumix, Knight, and 78G, aside from tipping and decoration. They all have those little metal tabs/wings.
Yeah, those wings had to go!
I carefully filed them off the EF nib, regularly checking to see if the reduction in material would allow the nib to seat on the Levie's feed, inside that collar.
I had to completely remove the wings and form a slight taper at the nib's butt.
And then it all came together