Richard Binder Nib Modifications


Richard Binder Nib Adjustment Comparison

Richard Binder Nib Adjustment Comparison. Standard Lamy Studio EF Nib on the Right, and Custom Richard Binder Lamy Studio Nib Ground Down to EEF.


Earlier this year when I went to the Philadelphia Pen Show, I was lucky enough to stop by the Richard Binder table to drop off some of my pens to have him adjust the nibs for me.  One of the pens I left with him was my stainless steel Lamy Studio which I love, but I’ve always wished the Studio EF nibs were a bit more fine.

Richard Binder Nib Grinding Slip

Richard Binder Nib Grinding Slip


Being probably the most popular person out there when it comes to doing nib work, Richard Binder has quite a backlog, and in my case it took about 16 weeks to have the pens returned back to me after leaving them with him at the Philly show.  It was a long wait, but I can say I’m incredibly pleased with the work that he did on my pens.  Not only was the work itself of great quality, but the personal touch of having the slip you see above which is signed and dated by Richard with the pen to show it was tested was really nice.


Close up of Richard Binder Nibs

Close up of Richard Binder Nib (left) and Original Nib (Right)


The results I’ve had with my new nib have been fantastic so far.  I’ll show you a writing sample in just a minute, but one thing you might also notice from the photo above is the significant decrease in the nib creep.  Now I don’t know if this is a side-effect of having the nib ground down to a finer size, but you can see the obvious difference in this photo.  Both pens have the same ink (Pelikan Edelstein Topaz) loaded in them, and there is a clear difference that you can see here.


Richard Binder Writing Sample Comparison

Richard Binder Writing Sample Comparison (click for a better view)


The writing sample I did shows my old Lamy Studio with a regular EF nib, and then shows a comparison to the Binder Extra Extra Fine, as well as a standard Pelikan M215 Fine Nib to give some additional perspective.  The writing sample was done on Rhodia Levenger Circa paper, and as I mentioned before I had all of the pens loaded with Pelikan Edelstein Topaz to maintain the consistency of my testing.  If you take a closer look at the scan above, I think the best place to see the difference is where I wrote the alphabet with all three pens because you can do a one for one comparison of the letters and all of the different strokes.   Beyond just the look of the written lines on the page, the pen is still just as smooth to write with even with the much finer nib.

I’m really enjoying the new nib, and I would definitely recommend shipping your pens off to Mr. Binder for some work if you can stand to be without your pen for a few months.

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  1. 1
    Deb Schwartz says:

    How much did it cost to have this done?

  2. 2
    Peninkcillin says:

    I’m afraid I can’t see a big difference. I mean, there is definitely something there but negligible, IMO.

    I’ve heard about Richard Binder’s great skill but I’m wondering if it’s worth getting him to grind a $10 nib. I’m also suspecting that the price of this modification might have been higher than or close to the price of the pen itself.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    $50 plus $7 for shipping.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Trust me, writing with it and looking at it in person I both see and feel a big difference.  But its little things like being able to write with my more natural style so that the loops on letters like a lower case “a” or lower case “e” dont feel like they are going to run together.

    For me it was more than worth having the nib done by him.  I understand what you are saying about it only being a $10 nib, but it just so happens that the $10 nib is attached to one of my favorite pens.  I love everything about the stainless steel studio from the finish to the clip to the way the cap snaps on when you post it, and even the non chrome grip section…so having the nib slightly modified to suit my writing style better now was like the icing on the cake for this pen…for me.  

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    Jeff Kroll says:

    I write small, usually opting for a 0.3mm technical pencil. When I was looking to purchase a Pelikan M600, I bought it from Richard so I could a) get it ground to XXXF and b) get to the front of his queue. Just the adjustments that he does make the nib much smoother. Now I’m so spoiled, it’s about the only FP I can use.

  6. 6
    David says:

    I have a Bexley pen done by Richard; he does wonderful work. But a 16 week back-log!? By the way – don’t poke your eye out with that pen!

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    Taylor Upham says:

    How much did that set you back? How long did it take you to get the pen?

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