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FP101 Nib Materials- Ink Nouveau

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Published on Jul 27, 2012

www.GouletPens.com www.InkNouveau.com
Gold, steel, rhodium, titanium...what's the difference when it comes to fountain pen nibs? Why do the prices vary, and what do different nibs offer? This is what this video's all about.

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MegaZsolti
The Pilot Vanishing Point is so cool!
Colin Riggert
Got a 14k gold nib on my Parker 45 Flighter. Pen cost $25. Gotta love vintage pens.
Xavier Tomlinson
I thought it was the lower the karat the purer the material. Because a lower Karat means there is less materials are mixed in.
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Haochi Zhang
I agree with what Richard binder mentions on his website that an relatively "ideal" nib material is 14k gold. It is safe from corrosion and soft but not too ductile. Very Pure gold nib has much lower yield stress which means the amount deformation of the nib without permanently deforming the nib is much smaller. This allows better longitivtiy and easier maintenance/repair (and more potential flexibility). But most modern nibs are designed very stiff so it doesn't matter too much as long as one doesn't good too intensive on the nib.
thechosen
5:11 What is the point of plating rhodium on gold nib if you are paying gold nib's price?
Vishnu Vardhan
+The Goulet Pen Company Thanks for the Vid. How do you rate cheaper Gold nibs like the Platinum Standard and the Pilot Custom Heritage? Do the nibs on the $70-150 pens perform significantly better than say, a Pilot Metropolitan?
Anonymous
Great editing!  Lots of info in less than 9 min.
The Goulet Pen Company
Iridium refers to the alloy used in the tipping on the nib, and that's it. It has nothing to do with the size, quality, or material of the nib itself. Generic (usually inexpensive) nibs will often only advertise themselves as iridium. It's just a commonly used term for a really hard-wearing metal that's on the tip.
Anthony Dang
Is bumping up to the Rhodium Nib for $125 worth it??**
Anthony Dang
You talked alot about steel vs gold but what is the difference between a Polished Steel Nib and a Rhodium Nib?? and is bumping up to the Rhodium Nib $125??
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