How to look after your nibs
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR NIBS
Before you start using a new nib, you’ll need to prepare it first. New nibs come with an oily coating on them which protects them and prevents them from rusting. There are several ways to do this and you will soon find your favourite. Here are a few of the easiest:
- Pass the writing end of the nib through a flame – quickly, and be careful!
- Cleaning the nib with toothpaste
- Leave your nib sticking into a potato for 10 minutes of so
- Sit your nib in boiling water for 30 seconds and rub them dry with a cloth
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR NIBS
To help your calligraphy nibs last longer and help the flow of ink, it is important to keep your nibs and pen holders clean. Nibs and pen holders should be cleaned after each use. The easiest way to do this is to simply remove the nib from the pen holder and rinse them separately under running water - cold or warm. Doing this should remove any unwanted ink.
Sometimes an old brush can be useful to help clean nibs and pen holders as the bristles can get in between the grooves and prongs.
If you have some calligraphy nibs that have got stubborn stains and built up ink residue ink on them and running water doesn’t remove it, you might want to try immersing them in Higgins Pen Cleaner for between 30 minutes to 8 hours (depending on their condition). Rinse with water afterwards and you should see that the Pen Cleaner has lifted the stain.
You can dry them using a sheet of kitchen roll.
HOW TO STORE YOUR NIBS
Nibs must be dry before storing them to prevent them from rust and damage. Store your nibs in an air-tight container to prevent them from damage or rusting.