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Swappable Nibs

During my browsing through fountain pen forums I noticed several times the topic about pens being designed for routinely swapping their nibs.  I wrote this article to prevent users adhering to such habit; it can render the pen useless, eventually.  One reason: nib and feed are tuned.  The background details you can find on my website under the heading

Swappable Nibs

As always, enjoy.  Amadeus W.

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Feeds from Plastic

Hello Fountain Pen Friends

Rubber was one of the first, if not the first plastic materials.  Ever since, the feed of a fountain pen was machined from this hard rubber.  And like often in tradition, things are done the way they always were done, because of that very reason, no questions asked.

Plastics came with the advantage that they can be moulded, a process not only much cheaper than machining but also more precise, thus, delivering more consistent quality of performance.  Even though, feeds were still machined from rubber, supported by the conviction, that they were better.

Better in what?  How was it substantiated?  Click here and have a read.

 

Enjoy and explore
Amadeus W. Penmacher

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Brisbane, 2:30 AM, 28 February 2015

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A new Chapter completed: How to… for Nibs

Hello Fountain Pen Friends

I like to tell you, that for now at least, the final chapter on nibs has been completed.  Here, I talk about, how all the technicalities we discussed before, are applied to the design of nibs.

I hope, you will have many questions, so I can answer them and be sure that you got the idea.  But first, I would like to invite you to visit this page

How to… for Nibs

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Material Technology and…

Hi everyone

During the last few weeks I have been involved in several forum topics pertaining the function of nibs.  I found some mix up on words, used to describe the function of nibs and the characteristics of materials.

I commented on this, but then I thought it would be much better to write about it more explicitly and show with diagrams what actually is going on.  I hope, you find the article helpful.  You can get there by clicking here

Material Technology

Designing in general, is a favourite topic of mine, in particular, design quality.  I have started publishing and finished another topic on Design Utility, the usefulness of design and the design of a product.  Come and have a read, you may find it fascinating, too.

Enjoy
Amadeus W. Penmacher

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Invitation to visit my Site

Hello to all who are interested on fountain pens… and how they work.

Come and visit my site and have a read.  At the moment I am publishing chapters on the function of the feed, the science background such as surface tension and capillary action, and more.  Come and discover.  There is more than meets the eye and ink.

Enjoy reading and discovering

Amadeus W. Penmacher

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Update on Design Innovation

Design Innovation is not something static.  The world, we, our attitudes and behaviour change.  Mine too, as well as my thoughts on it and insights.  I invite you to have a browse through my new edition.  And while you are there, have a look around.

Enjoy

Amadeus Wolfgang