Metal nibs have their origins as far back as ancient Egypt and were made of metals like copper and bronze. However, the quality of writing that could be achieved with these pens was inferior to that of reed pens. Metallic nibs were made up through the 18th-century as one-off, craftsman-made luxury items. Metal nibs are also easily manufactured to have different properties for different purposes.
Dating A Pen – Parker 45 Pens
Hallmarks and other markings 4. Date codes on Parker Pens Updated Oct In mid Parker began marking most pens and pencils with a date code, both the barrel and the nibs were marked, but lacking a date code doesn't necessarily mean that the pen was made pre, since many imprints have been worn off with use. The first date codes, found for example on the Vacumatics, consists of two digits, the first one denoting the quarter of production, the second denoting the production year. Hence a "47" marking on a 's pen indicate that the pen was produced in the fourth quarter of , not , which is a common misconception.
Richard’s Pen Collection : Vintage American Fountain Pens
I also prefer very, very fine nibs, and they tend to present this sort of feel more than broader nibs. But why do certain nibs perform differently to others? Why is it that even two supposedly identical nibs can write differently to each other? What matters is how the nib is made, not what it is made from.
Composition[ edit ] Basic India ink is composed of a variety of fine soot , known as lampblack , combined with water to form a liquid. No binder material is necessary: A binding agent such as gelatin or, more commonly, shellac may be added to make the ink more durable once dried.