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#1 Sonnet

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 12:52

How difficult is it to swap out a nib for a Lamy Safari [i.e. from medium to fine]? I know Pelikans are pretty easy to interchange; what's the best way to change a Safar nib?
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Posted 09 August 2006 - 13:10

1. Take a short length of Sellotape (approx 60-70mm should be enough).
2. Stick the tape across the nib such that it does not touch either the feed or the section.
3. Holding the pen level in one hand with the nib uppermost, wrap the tape around the index finger of the other and apply a gentle downwards force.
4. Slide the tape away from the pen body and the nib will come with it!
5. The replacement nib can just be slid on by hand.

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 15:50

Hi Sonnet ....

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 18:27

It's scary the first couple of times you do it.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 16:59

Anyone have a picture to illustrate the tape-method? Sounds easy enough, but a picture might help a bit. The picture in the above linked thread is no more.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 18:40

QUOTE (rwbaker @ Jul 16 2008, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone have a picture to illustrate the tape-method? Sounds easy enough, but a picture might help a bit. The picture in the above linked thread is no more.


There probably aren't too many pictures because it isn't worth that much effort. Just empty pen, dry the nib off, stick the tape onto the nib and pull. The long axis of the tape should be in the same direction as the long axis of the pen. Grab the barrel with one hand and the end of the tape with the other, then pull hands apart along the long axis.

I don't know what Sellotape is but I use Scotch tape. I think it is virtually impossible to damage anything doing it this way. If you do it wrong, the only thing that will happen is that the tape will rip or peel off.



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Posted 16 July 2008 - 18:41

Alright, I'll give it a try then. My main concern was breaking it -- and you've put that concern to rest. Thanks.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 22:14

Isn't this also the way nibs can be swapped on the school pens Pelikan sells (like Pelikano and Future)?

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:21

But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 04:22

QUOTE (karynv @ Jul 17 2008, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


You can purchase them from the Lamy website. http://www.lamyusa.com/alstar3.html for the Al-Star; not sure about the Sensa Meridian.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 13:52

QUOTE (karynv @ Jul 16 2008, 08:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


Pendemonium and Swisher Pens also carry Lamy Al-Star/Safari nibs.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 14:25

I would also add that it's not always necessary to use tape: the nib on my Vista slides off if I just take hold of it and pull (firmly, but gently). I know this because the first thing I did when I took it out of its packaging on the bus on the way home from buying it was try that. embarrassed_smile.gif They slide back on again really easily, too.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 16:42

QUOTE (Jimmy James @ Jul 17 2008, 12:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Isn't this also the way nibs can be swapped on the school pens Pelikan sells (like Pelikano and Future)?

The nibs of the Pelikano and Future are pulled out together with the feed, so it's a bit different. But quite easy, too.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 17:08

Once I found out just how easy it was to swap nibs on the Safari (and Logo, and Studio) I find myself doing it quite frequently. It's almost like getting a new pen each time.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 15:11

QUOTE (cyn1c @ Jul 16 2008, 02:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (rwbaker @ Jul 16 2008, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone have a picture to illustrate the tape-method? Sounds easy enough, but a picture might help a bit. The picture in the above linked thread is no more.


There probably aren't too many pictures because it isn't worth that much effort. Just empty pen, dry the nib off, stick the tape onto the nib and pull. The long axis of the tape should be in the same direction as the long axis of the pen. Grab the barrel with one hand and the end of the tape with the other, then pull hands apart along the long axis.

I don't know what Sellotape is but I use Scotch tape. I think it is virtually impossible to damage anything doing it this way. If you do it wrong, the only thing that will happen is that the tape will rip or peel off.



Hmm, this method is not working for me. The scotch tape just simply pulls off the nib... the nib doesn't move at all... what am I doing wrong?

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 15:35

I use my thumbnail and fingernail to slide the nib off. You have to get "in the edge" and then firmly, but gently slide it off as the above poster mentioned.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 19:06

Even easier than that? I use a wide 1/4" rubber band. Use the rubber band to grip the nib on the flank. Pull it off the feed front-ways, towards the nib's tip. Reinsert the new nib in reverse.

I swap nibs in about 10-15 seconds on my Safaris.

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Edited by skipwilliams, 23 July 2008 - 19:08.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 19:20

I use a pair of padded jeweler's pliers -- have examined my nibs before and after -- no damage at all. But, YMMV.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 20:47

I thought I read in this forum where you can get an italic nib for the Al-Star or Safari.... you can't at that website! I must be dreaming, eh?

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QUOTE (graceaj @ Jul 17 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (karynv @ Jul 17 2008, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


You can purchase them from the Lamy website. http://www.lamyusa.com/alstar3.html for the Al-Star; not sure about the Sensa Meridian.


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Posted 23 July 2008 - 21:45

QUOTE (Gawain @ Jul 23 2008, 04:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought I read in this forum where you can get an italic nib for the Al-Star or Safari.... you can't at that website! I must be dreaming, eh?

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QUOTE (graceaj @ Jul 17 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (karynv @ Jul 17 2008, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


You can purchase them from the Lamy website. http://www.lamyusa.com/alstar3.html for the Al-Star; not sure about the Sensa Meridian.


I think pendemonium.com and/or swisherpens.com sell 1.1 mm italic nibs for the Lamy Al-Star and Safari for $12.

P.S. Oops. Checked the beginning of this thread and realized that this question was already answered.

Edited by lefty928, 23 July 2008 - 21:46.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 00:47

QUOTE (skipwilliams @ Jul 23 2008, 03:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Even easier than that? I use a wide 1/4" rubber band. Use the rubber band to grip the nib on the flank. Pull it off the feed front-ways, towards the nib's tip. Reinsert the new nib in reverse.

I swap nibs in about 10-15 seconds on my Safaris.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:50

I used the tape method and changed my nib in 10 - 15 seconds. And it was my first time!
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:03

QUOTE (Imzadi @ Jul 24 2008, 10:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used the tape method and changed my nib in 10 - 15 seconds. And it was my first time!


Someone needs to do a Youtube video of this! what am I not getting?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:15

QUOTE (Imzadi @ Jul 25 2008, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used the tape method and changed my nib in 10 - 15 seconds. And it was my first time!

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Same here - works perfectly. Less than 30 seconds to take one out and slide the new one in.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 05:37

embarrassed_smile.gif Alright, I was feeling quite stupid so I sat down and re-read instructions that twdpens provided and SUCCESS!!!

The key is this:
3. Holding the pen level in one hand with the nib uppermost, wrap the tape around the index finger of the other and apply a gentle downwards force.

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Edited by luigiwu, 25 July 2008 - 05:48.


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 15:50

QUOTE (Gawain @ Jul 23 2008, 09:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought I read in this forum where you can get an italic nib for the Al-Star or Safari.... you can't at that website! I must be dreaming, eh?

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QUOTE (graceaj @ Jul 17 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (karynv @ Jul 17 2008, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


You can purchase them from the Lamy website. http://www.lamyusa.com/alstar3.html for the Al-Star; not sure about the Sensa Meridian.



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Posted 02 January 2011 - 15:21

But where do you buy the nib without buying a whole new pen? I'm looking for fine nibs for my Lamy Al-Star and Sensa Meridian, with no success.


Karynv: Jetpens.com sells nibs for the Safari series.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 19:39

Its very easy, just use a finger nail.
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