Your fountain pen,
tune + smooth
Sometimes nibs need a little help to become all they can be. Maybe it’s a little scratchy, or too inky, or not inky enough. From your prized grail pen to your daily writer, we can help you get your pen writing just the way you want it to.
Have a fountain pen that just sits in your desk drawer because it’s boring to write with? We can help! Let us turn that forgotten pen into a new old favorite.
how it works
Carefully package and mail your pen to:
P.O. Box 31135
Los Angeles, CA 90031
We work our magic
We send you an invoice to approve and ship your pen back to you
tune + smooth
Adjust the tine alignment, smooth the writing surface, increase or decrease ink flow—whatever needs to be done to get it writing, right.
Stub nibs have some line variation (wider downstroke, narrower cross-stroke) but are still smooth and user-friendly. A great place to start if this is your first customized nib.
Cursive Italic nibs are similar to Stubs but have a greater variation in line width between cross-stroke and downstroke. Slightly less user-friendly than a Stub as they are more position-sensitive (if you rotate your pen too much, they won’t write).
Formal Italic nibs are crisper than both Stubs and Cursive Italics; this gives you the most line-width variation between cross strokes and down strokes. They are more appropriate for advanced users or those familiar with calligraphy; they are very position sensitive (the pen cannot be rotated while writing).
Left Oblique nibs are cut at a 30 degree angle. Sometimes called a left-foot oblique, they are especially suited to users that rotate their pen to the left.
Right Oblique nibs are just the opposite of the Left Oblique; also cut at a 30 degree angle, but to the right. Some lefties who rotate their pen to the right love this customization, but it is best suited to advanced users.
Sometimes called a Hebrew Point or an Arabic Point, this grind creates line width variation opposite of a cursive italic—it has a wide cross-stroke and a narrow downstroke. It is well-suited to those writing Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, or block printing.
It is relatively user-friendly, although it is sensitive to the angle in which you hold your pen from the paper.
If your tines are bent, chances are… we can fix it!
Straighten bent nib
regrind to smaller tipping size (m-xxf)
We can regrind almost any nib to the smaller tipping size of your choice: Medium, Fine, Extra Fine, or Extra Extra Fine. This can also be added on to any other regrind.
regrind + resize
Maybe your nib is a Broad, but you want a Medium-sized Cursive Italic. We can do that!