Another nib customisation : from F to 1.1 mm Italic nib

Once again, I've pen a cheap (but surprisingly nice) Waterman Kultur with a fine nib and I've ground the nib to transform it in an italic nib, some intermediate 1.1 mm italic.

At FPN somebody pointed that my nib won't last as long as an everyday pen, since all the tipping has been removed. Well, it's a steel nib, and the Waterman Kultur is a cheap pen, so I guess that even if it wears quicker than another pen, it won't be a real problem, I don't hope that this Kultur will remain with me for twenty years. Besides, if I recall correctly, most italic and stub nibs aren't even tipped. Are Lamy 1.5 or 1.9 stub nibs tipped ?

I have only cheap italic pens (i.e. Pilot Plumix et Lamy Safari), and I think they are normal steel nibs, untipped. I look at my Lamy and they don't seam to have any tipping, do they ? But I can be wrong. Anyways, I've used them for years, and I see no wear. But when I compare them with my newly ground Waterman, I find my Waterman crisper, so maybe my Plumix and Lamy are indeed worn...

I guess that the worst thing it can happen is that my italic will become less "crisp" over time. And then, I will regrind it to a crisp 1.3 mm, and latter to 1.5 mm ...

Another nib grinding - 1.1mm Italic

As last time, here you can see the details of the now italic nib. I'm rather happy with the result, but now my next challenge is to get a stub nib instead of an italic one...

Another nib grinding - 1.1mm Italic

So stub is the next one. Maybe I should buy some sheets of Micromesh and stop using an old grinding stone...

My first pen customization : from F to 0.9 mm Italic nib

Since I joined FPN last year, and I saw some of the wonderfully grounded nibs, I had intended to begin to customize FP nibs, but I never found the right moment. However, I read most of the information on nib grinding you can find in the net.

Today, I was playing with one of my Waterman Kultur and I decided that it was a nice candidate for a grinding job. As all my Kultur, it had a F nib and, while it writes very well, I prefer broader nibs. So I told myself that I was going to try to transform it in an italic nib, some intermediate 0.9 mm italic.

So I took my grinding stone, and tried to apply all the info I had collected. And after some time and lots of grinding-testing-regrinding-retesting iterations, I finally obtained a nice 0.9 mm italic nib, crisp but not scratchy at all, with a nice line variation.

Here you can see the result :

My first grinding : from F to 0.9 Italic

And here you can see the details of the now italic nib. I'm very happy with the result, for a first one...

My first grinding : from F to 0.9 Italic

So, what do you think? Any advise, critic or comment is welcome...