Episode Takeaways:

  • You’ll have to prepare a new nib before using it: the surface of a factory new nib comes with a thin coating, and that means the ink will form puddles and make blobs when you don’t remove this coating.
  • You can remove the coating with rubbing alcohol, toothpaste or over a flame. I usually use inexpensive 40% alcohol.
  • Dip the nib in so that it’s fully covered, and then wipe it with a soft cloth. Do this a few times.
  • You should avoid touching the nib too much after it’s cleaned.


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