Why is my fountain pen nib scratchy?

Why is my fountain pen nib scratchy?

If a nib that previously wrote smoothly has suddenly turned scratchy, it has probably suffered some sort of trauma. The most common being misalignment. If bumped or dropped one of the tines can move in relation with the other. This is the first thing to look for.

Are fine nib scratchy?

Generally, the finer the nib, the scratchier it will be. Most fountain pens ship out with regular round nibs, which are generally very smooth, especially if you get a brand that’s known for its smooth nibs like Parker or Moonman (those are my experience). Nibs sized Fine (F), and Extra Fine (EF) are generally scratchy.

Why is my calligraphy pen so scratchy?

If you suffer from scratchy nibs, the problem may lie in your writing angle. If you experience a lot of scratchiness and a bit of erratic ink flow while writing, take a moment to examine the angle of your pen. Taking the angle down a few notches will more than likely help!

How can I make my pen write smoothly?

How to Smoothen Your Fountain Pen Nib

  1. Smooth the nib using micromesh or a smoothing stick.
  2. Smooth the nib using a ceramic cup.
  3. Smooth the nib using a whetstone.
  4. Make sure to keep the pen inked up, or dip it in water before every pass.
  5. Clean thoroughly before and after smoothing.

How do you get gel pens to write smoothly?

Insert a safety pin inside the pen nib to remove the clogged ink: Sometimes, soaking the nib in warm water isn’t enough. To eliminate the solidified ink inside the nib, you can slowly insert a safety pin to grind it inside and unclog it. That should help the gel pen to work again smoothly.

What is a good fountain pen for beginners?

The 5 Best Fountain Pens for Beginners

  • Tom May.
  • LAMY Safari.
  • Because the nib needs to be held at a much shallower angle than a more familiar ballpoint pen, there can be a bit of a learning curve when you pick up a fountain pen for the first time.
  • Kaweco Perkeo.

Why does my fountain pen feel Scratchy when I write?

Any fountain pen will write more smoothly as you use it and the nib becomes more polished through contact with the paper. Exceptions are attempts to write on paper ill-suited for a fountain pen. Some cheap pens with poorly constructed nibs are also exemptions. This issue could also cause a scratchy feeling when writing.

Why are the nibs on my fountain pen so sharp?

Go slowly and test your pen frequently. Nibs are delicate instruments, and even the slightest adjustments can have significant results. Nothing ruins the joy of using a fountain pen like a scratchy nib. Scratchy nibs have sharp points that dig into the paper as you write.

What’s the best way to troubleshoot a fountain pen?

With a fingertip placed on the top side of the nib, press the tip of the nib down gently but firmly against a hard surface, like a sheet of paper on a table. Rock the nib from side to side for 5–10 seconds. Check the nib to see if the tines are still misaligned.

Why do people like to write with a fountain pen?

If a person enjoys writing with a fountain pen, it is probably for several reasons. High on the list is the feel of pen on paper, as it glides effortlessly across the surface. Writing with a scratchy nib, on the other hand, is a less than pleasing activity.

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