Calligraphy nibs aren’t the friendliest of tools so here are a few do’s and don’ts that you wanna keep in mind to prevent them from damage and preserve them for longer use.
1. Prep your nib: The nibs you order will come with a manufacturer’s transparent layer of oil coating to prevent them from rusting. However, that oil coating needs to be removed before the nib is used. Failing to do so can either cause your ink to run out very quickly or stay blobbed on the nib.
Therefore, we need to prep our nibs in order to remove the coating.
While there are several ways to do so, let me tell you the easiest method - take a little bit of toothpaste and rub it on your nib, then gently wipe it with a tissue.
2. Store them properly: One thing you wanna keep in mind while storing your nibs is that they should be kept away from excessive moisture, otherwise it reacts with the oxygen in the environment and causes rusting.
I usually keep my nib inserted in the holder (not recommended haha but we all have our own ways) and store them in my Pen roll and it works perfectly well.
A lot of people also like to store them in tiny tin boxes (or small containers) and that helps prevent rusting as well.
3. Clean them frequently: To maintain the quality of nibs and keep them free from any dried ink build-up, it’s crucial to clean them frequently. Dip your nib (till the vent) into a bowl of water and then simply use a tissue or a microfibre cloth to wipe off the water and clean the ink that’s on your nib.