You can make taps for use on plastic fairly easily with a metal lathe. You can also get custom taps ordered. Check out e.g. etaps.com But just having the tap is not all that's necessary - it's one necessary piece. Plenty of more opportunities or challenges to incorporating e.g. a Bexley nib into a pen. I sort of suspect that you will not have a complete solution offered up on a silver platter any time real soon - and I'm sure it's not unwillingness to share. Even for a supplier it's not just a simple matter to just order a part and be done. If you're looking for a quick solution you gotta put in the hours... I've had a Bexley nib for a while, in fact I steered Russ there, I tried making a section to fit it and failed with my first attempt - and simply have not had the time for the next iteration yet. Of course it can be done - but it requires developmentOriginally posted by JimGo
<br />I'm an electrical engineer by training, so this mechanical stuff is kinda Greek to me, but I wonder if one of our metalworking guys might not be able to make an appropriate tap and re-sell it here.
Bruce, with your background in mechanical design and machining this is not a problem. For someone to think all you need is a tap and you can use that nib is just not realistic. What are you going to cut that thread into? The Bexley assembly is a complete assembly of nib, feed and a houseing - but it still needs to go into a grip section. You need to make that section, plus something with the right internal and external threads. And you still want to use a cap somehow. It's not a simple drop-in assembly, that's allOriginally posted by btboone
<br />Sounds like it is an interesting challenge Rich. What are the issues that needed to be overcome on that one?
Tap. Tap holder (to get the tap straight). Die. Die holder (to keep the die straight). Pressure fitting for nib. Cap seal. There's a lot more to this than I expected when I started out. And I STILL don't have a working model!Originally posted by scubaman
It's not a simple drop-in assembly, that's all
OT: Shane I built a Spitfire balsa plane, can't remenber the scale, but it is big. The last thing I would do, is to stick a motor in there and crash it. [B)] 100s of hour, is about right  I have 3 others that are unfinished after years of laying around [V] Never flew anything, just enjoyed building them.Originally posted by woodscavenger
<br /> I got into RC airplanes, specifically SPADS (Simple Plastic Airplane Design) which basically means that guys got tired of spending 100s of hours on balsa planes and started to make planes of alternative materials
The nibs in the catalog says they are brass. What are these nibs made out of?Originally posted by nilsatcraft
<br />Anthony, the standard nibs we sell aren't fitted to the Jr. Gents but we sell the Jr. Gent nibs for $3.99 and $4.99 for 10K and Platinum respectively.
Be carefull what you wish for Ed,  This is a glimpse at at the 14K gold nib in Fine writing grade that will fit the Jr/Baron/Navigator. I will probablly be ordering these within the month Originally posted by ed4copies
<br /> (All-in-all, there appears to be light at the end of this tunnel if ANYONE develops an 18kt nib)
Nils,Originally posted by nilsatcraft
<br />In answer to your question, Mac, the nibs are currently sold sepparately for most of our pens. We don't neccessarily have the nibs only (just the tip without holder or assembly) but it's an entire replaceable piece that can be easily threaded on and off. We carry these nibs in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad and Caligraphy for just $4.50-$5.99 each. We also carry the replacement Medium Fountain nibs for Gents and Jr. Gents pens and they range from $8-$12 dollars each. It's true that we don't have all varieties of all nibs but we're trying to stock a better variety so that you can replace damaged nibs for a relatively low cost or upgrade a nib for a higher cost. I don't think we're likely to carry the nib tip only in the very near future but it is a possibility. I also believe that the tips would cost a lot more than 50 cents or a dollar each. The tips are not so simple that they can be sold for that little. We appreciate the feedback we get from these discussions and I'll be sure that this information is brought to the attention of the product specialists here. We're trying to accomodate the requests of our customers but it's a 'little by little' process . Everyone here is so talented that we have a hard time keeping up! 
Sorry Shane, the first batch is just a fine writing grade. Due to the quantity neded to order, I had to draw a line someplace. I noticed, most fine writing grades are so close to a medium, you really cant't tell the difference.Originally posted by woodscavenger
<br /> I am a lefty and my paper looks like it has been attacked by a swarm of termites if I write with a fine point.