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Nib Tuning, Smoothing, and Customizing


5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

NOTE: Nib repair for damaged or bent nibs cannot be ordered here and will need to be quoted based on images. Please contact me directly at dan@thenibsmith.com.

Current turn-around time: 4-5 weeks.

This page lets you order nib work on pens that will be shipped to the Nibsmith. If you would like to add nib work to pens purchased from the Nibsmith, please add those customizations from within that particular product listing.

Process For Ordering Nib Work

  1. Select the desired nib customization from the “Nib Work” drop-down menu below.
  2. Continue down the page to select additional options and fill in associated fields as required (denoted by an asterisk *).
  3. Click the orange “ADD TO CART” button when finished. If sending multiple pens, the form needs to be filled out and added to the cart for each pen.
  4. Click “View Cart” at the top of the page or the orange cart icon in the upper most right corner of the page.
  6. Complete the order process by filling in your billing information, selecting your return shipping method, and completing payment.
  7. Finally, ship your package to:

Daniel Smith
3368 E Kimberly Rd Apt 236
Davenport, IA 52807

You will be notified once your package enters my work queue and again when I’ve finished the work. You will receive the tracking information as soon as your package ships.

For more details and writing samples of each grind, please see the Product Description below.

If you have any questions, please use the Product Enquiry tab below.

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Product Description

Tune & Smooth: Whether your pen won’t write at all or just needs a little adjustment, you’ll want the tune & smooth. This basic services includes reshaping the tip and aligning the tines to get the smoothest feel and adjusting the ink flow to your preference. The tune & smooth is included with all custom grinds and is not an additional charge.

Round nib: This is the most common nib type where the tip of the nib is shaped like a sphere to provide a consistent line in all directions. An extra fine nib will generally measure 0.20-0.25mm. An extra extra fine nib will generally measure 0.10-0.15mm.

Stub: This nib is created by grinding a small bit of material away from the point transforming it from a sphere into a rectangular shape. The edges are then rounded to bring back the smoothness you get from a traditional round nib.

A stub grind provides line variation by creating a thick vertical stroke and a thin horizontal stroke. Stub nibs are recommended if you want to add a little pizazz to your everyday writing while keeping that smooth, round nib feel. Stubs can easily be ground as narrow as 0.5mm in width. Any narrower and their line variation starts to become less noticeable.

stub nib profile

Cursive Italic: This nib is created in the same fashion as the stub nib, but the edges are slightly sharper. Cursive italic (CI) nibs provide excellent line variation by creating a thinner horizontal stroke than a stub nib at the cost of smoothness. Cursive italic nibs can be ground as narrow as 0.3mm while maintaining noticeable line variation.

Sharp Italic: Sharp italics, or just italics, are created just like stub or CI nibs but the edges are extremely sharp. They provide the maximum line variation by creating the thinnest horizontal stroke. Because of the sharp edges of an italic nib it will lay down a line with well defined edges, but also feel quite scratchy when compared to a stub or even a CI. These nibs are recommended for calligraphy.

Oblique: A nib can be ground into an oblique to compensate for a writer who rotates the pen in their grip. There are two types of oblique nibs, the left foot oblique (commonly referred to as just “oblique”) and the right foot oblique (commonly referred to as a “reverse oblique”). If you look at a left foot oblique with the nib imprint facing you, the tip would resemble the shape of a left foot. The left foot oblique compensates for a right handed writer who rotates their pen counter-clockwise. Oblique nibs can also be ground into stubs, CIs, and sharp italics.

oblique nib profile

Depending on how you hold the pen in relation to the paper, oblique grinds can also be used to achieve Hebrew-like or stub-like results.

Hebrew/Arabic/Architect: You can think of this nib as a stub rotated 90 degrees. It creates a thin vertical stoke and a thick horizontal stroke. Because of the nature of this grind it is important to hold the pen at the correct angle. Please let me know if you hold your pen at a shallow or upright angle so I can adjust the grind as necessary.

hebrew nib profile


A Hebrew/Architect nib creates a thin vertical stroke and a thick horizontal stroke.

You can ship your pen(s) to me at the address below:

Daniel Smith
3368 E. Kimberly Rd Apt. 236
Davenport, IA 52807

When shipping your pen, please use a method with tracking and insurance incase of damage or loss. I cannot be held responsible for pens damaged or lost during shipping.

Please note, packages are generally delivered to the reception office of my apartment complex and will be signed for by someone other than myself. Once I have checked in your package you will receive an email notification. When I’ve finished the work on your pens, you will receive a shipping email notification containing the tracking information. If you don’t receive the shipping email within the stated turn-around time please let me know.

If you’re unhappy with my service, please contact me immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.

Additional Information

Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 8 x 5 x 1.5 in

2 reviews for Nib Tuning, Smoothing, and Customizing

  1. 5 out of 5


    Dan does great work, with good turnaround time. He really dials in on your preferences, on making sure the nib works for you. And he’ll work at it till it’s perfect for you, whether you see him at a pen show or mail in your pens. I especially like his architect’s grinds and stubs, but I also send him any nib that needs a little tweaking. I put him in the very top rank of nibmeisters, up there with John Mottishaw and Mike Masuyama, which is pretty heady company, but he’s worked wonders for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I had the Waverly modification and grind/polish on my Lamy 2000 EF nib.
    Dan’s communication throughout the process was good and I’m very happy with the result.
    I think I’ll be sending more pens Dan’s way in the future.

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