Fountain Pen Design

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Nib Manufacture in 1879

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Recently a fountain pen acquaintance sent me an article on fountain pen nib production in the Farber company.  It was published in the Scientific American in 1879.  I posted it to show how it was done then and also to demonstrate that nothing much has changed.  Today, machines are driven by electric motors and workers don’t wear vests and ties to work.  And we have OHS procedures.  In a way the pictures / engravings also provide an impression about life and fashion.

Here is the link to the article: Nib Manufacture in 1879

Enjoy, and as always feedback is very appreciated.


Amadeus W.

2:30 AM, 28 February 2015


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