Italic nib in Dollar 717i Demonstrator

I have been meaning to share this for some time but didn’t get around to it until now.

I really like the Dollar 717i Demonstrators. They are cheap piston filled pens that are quite reliable and hold a lot of ink. The cheap Inoxcrom pens that are commonly available have the perfect donor nibs for the Dollar as they are a perfect fit in the section and are long enough to be ground quite a bit and still have enough left over ahead of the feed.

The ink channel in the feed can be deepened/expanded a bit for better ink flow. I do it only if I have the nib drying out during use, most of the pens work fine without having to do this.

I use the same method for grinding left-oblique nibs I use for practicing Arabic Calligraphy.

I have laid out the steps in a handy pdf in the hope that it will prove to be useful. Click on the image below to download the pdf.

Italic Nib in Dollar 717i Demonstrator

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  1. Omar – I found them at They are categorized incorrectly as Indian Pens on the site.

    They have these pens for sale at $15 per pen which I think is a bit too high. These pens cost less than a quarter in Pakistan and about a dollar here in Dubai.

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