2004-12-11 19:17:44 UTC
A custom gold alloy was made that flexes akin to the classic 1890s style - yet
better still it is EXTREMELY hard stuff at 14K, even harder at 12K. As an
experiment a 51 nib was cut as a series of extra needle fines - 16 in all,
approximately 2mm wide total. This is the closest to a metallic brush I've yet
seen on a gold nib. The pure ruthenium tips are 1.2mm deep for a very long nib
life. As the gold is so durable in this alloy, the flex can be quite dramatic
without risking a splay or hairline.....although every flex alloy 51 music and
brush nib needs a backing between itself and the cone wall deeper within the
pen or the flex will not function.
A rigid sheaffer lifetime nib had the tines reformed with the same alloy and it
now can be pushed to the limits of a 90 degree bend WITHOUT a splay or
hairline...and with complete recovery to the original tine partition. It's
good stuff...perhaps not identical to the 1890s masters long since dead..but
who knows? We have more alloys today...perhaps it is better?
I'll post images next week of a few of these in operation.