The video covers:
- Why do I need it? (0:42)
- How do I use it? (3:05)
- Using it with a nib removed from the pen (4:44)
- How long will it last? (5:29)
How do I use it?
|Carefully insert brass sheet in between nib tines, and pull towards the tip.|
Be careful not to jam the brass too far down into the nib, as you will hit the feed if you do that. Try to keep the brass pretty shallow in the nib. Once you’ve reached the tip, the brass will be tighter in the nib as nibs are designed to touch at the tip. Once you’ve pulled the brass all the way down through the slit, you are all set. You’re welcome to repeat it as many times as you feel necessary. You can do this with an inked or uninked pen, but in general it’s best to floss your nib during your pen cleaning process, and flush it out after flossing.
|Using brass sheet on a standalone nib is much easier, you insert the brass in from the bottom and pull towards the tip.|
How long will it last?
The 1″x2″ brass sheets should be enough to last you quite some time if you’re careful. The brass is incredibly thin at 0.002″ thick, and it is soft and can be bent fairly easily. When that happens you can use a pair of household scissors and cut a small sliver off the end to reveal a fresh new edge to your brass.
The reason the brass is so thin is so that it will easily fit between your tines without causing any pressure that would misalign the tines. Brass is the ideal material used for flossing nibs because it’s softer than any other metal used for making fountain pen nibs, so it won’t cause your nibs functional harm. There is a potential for the brass to scratch the surface of a nib with a colored coating on it (such as the Lamy or Monteverde Black nibs), so be careful when you’re using it on nibs like these that you don’t touch the brass to the nib surface.
These Goulet Brass Sheets come in a twin set of 1″x2″ sheets for $3.95 and are just one of the many new nib tuning tools we’ve developed at Gouletpens.com. If you have any further questions about how to use it, just ask me in the comments and I’m happy to answer.