I've recently been asked what tools I'll have with me when I'm out tuning/repairing/grinding* nibs at work/home/school/pen events like today's Pelikan Hub #pelikanhubs2018
Well, here you go. A few things to mention, however:
1) I do not use micromesh. Shocker, I know. To me, micromesh isn't versatile enough, so I'll stick with mylar any time.
2) When I got started grinding nibs I was all about them wetstones, but I have recently discovered that my Klein flex shaft (which I've been using on a daily for goldsmithing anyway) gives me much more control and excellent results. That paired with a GRS Acrobat Versa and I'll be the happiest kid on earth.
3) DO NOT USE A HAMMER unless you really really really know what you're doing. Forging stuff is my thing, and literally what I'm being trained to do. So don't try this at home.
4) DO NOT USE PLIERS unless you've got these cute nylon ones. And even then, proceed with caution.
5) My process is ever changing, so I may not stand by what I do right now a week, a month or a year from now, and that is fine. I discover new things every day and that's one of the things that keeps this job interesting.
Having said all that, let me know if you have any more questions, tips or remarks. Now have a happy #pelikanhub, everyone!
*) I do not grind nibs on the spot at pen events or at work. Mainly because my Klein is a pain to carry around, but also because I like to take my time mutilating strangers' nibs. That will probably change in the future, though.