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Parker Vector Fountain Pen Extra Fine Nib?


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#1 InfernoOrangeSS

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:54

Can anyone out there help me find a Parker Vector with extra fine nib? I write very small and have to use an extra fine nib or my writing just is unreadable. Any help you can give would be most welcome. I would even take suggestions on an alternate pen that has a sturdy metal body with the looks of a Parker Vector or Facet, as long as I can get it with an extra fine nib.
(Forgive me if this is an impossibility. I am very new to pens. The best FP for my writing has been a Pilot 78G with fine nib, but it writes with a razor line that I love. I just don't care for the light weight it has.). Many thanks if you can help!
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:06

I should add that I am very meager in amount I can spend. I would like it to be in the $30 and under area if that is possible.
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#3 Mike 59

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:31

Hi, I own a few Vectors, all are medium nibs. The line they write on paper is 0.5mm.
I think Parker did or do still make a fine nib but I have never (yet) seen one.
Their website says that the Vector is made in 2 nib sizes, I guess that means M & F.

Otherwise the finest nib I own is on a Diplomat 'Traveller', the nib is marked 'M' but writes on paper with a 0.4mm line, which I would call 'fine'.
That pen is almost identical in size (length/width) to a Parker Jotter, and is made of metal, so a medium weight. They are available in a UK high street shop chain called 'Paperchase', but are available online. Cost £19.
The EU/USA made pen nibs tend to write wider lines, but Chinese & Japanese made pens tend to write narrower lines, for a given width nib.
If you are set on a Vector, they are available on Ebay, I found a complete pen and a nib unit alone, but the cost will be higher than a standard medium, as they are rarer.
Just search;- Parker Vector fountain pen + fine nib

Edited by Mike 59, 19 October 2012 - 11:12.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 13:10

I own five Vectors. Three are marked Fine, one is a medium and one is marked 4. I think the 4 is also a fine.

I have never heard of a XF or a B Vector nib.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 13:59

You could contact Parker and ask if such a critter is available. But be warned -- their website is very slow to load and hard to navigate, and I have been kinda underwhelmed by their customer service.
My Vector has an F nib, but it's a firehose -- it writes much wetter than the Urban's M nib (but it's a very dry writer).
Someone recently gifted me with a Wing Sung 237. It has an F nib, but I think it's closer to a European EF and puts down a *very* fine line. It is not a C/C pen though, but a squeeze filler (if such things matter to you). I don't know what a new one would cost (or if they're easily available) but I believe that they're relatively inexpensive, as are other Chinese pens.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 14:05

I've seen fine nibs on eBay for Parker Vector (I used to have one), but I've never seen extra-fine.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 17:37

Get a Hero 266. They are similar to Vectors, and the nibs are extra fine. I bought a pack of 10 two years ago and still using the very first. I got my pack from this seller. Please note they are not cartridge/converter, but aerometric.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 20:54

Never heard of an ef nib on the vector- but they should have done, because the fine nib already writes like a medium.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:03

Hi, If still of interest, this is a sample of size of writing I could get in a notebook with feint ruling.
It looks fairly fine to me, and I don't think the Vector 'Fine' nib would match it. I could be wrong though.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:13

Hi, If still of interest, this is a sample of size of writing I could get in a notebook with feint ruling.
It looks fairly fine to me, and I don't think the Vector 'Fine' nib would match it. I could be wrong though.

I would need a more thin line, but thank you for trying to help.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:16

Hi Inferno! I know this isn't what you asked for, but since you already know and love the Pilot F and XF nib, you might want to call Todd at iSellPens.com. He carries MANY inexpensive Asian pens, and can tell you which might suit your needs. Incidentally, more than a few are Parker knockoffs, and many of them have metal bodies which would give you the weight you desire. Even if it's not a Pilot, Asian pens tend to run to finer nibs anyway, and chances are good that he could advise you as to what would give you a "Pilot" writing experience in a heavier inexpensive pen. As mentioned above, the Heros come to mind, but I don't know them well enough to recommend one specifically. Todd would, though! Please note I have no affiliation; I'm just a satisfied customer. :D

Also, Pilot nibs fit various pen bodies. I saw a thread where someone here fit his 78G nib into a Noodler's Konrad, and another where a guy fit his Prera nib into a TWSBI. So again, if you do a little research and are the handy sort, you now have a whole 'nother range of options. (Speaking of which, I wonder if a 78G nib would fit the new Metropolitan or the Knight, both of which are inexpensive Pilot offerings but come in M nib only...)

I hear you on the 78G nib; I love mine!!! I just hardly ever need that fine a nib. But when I do, it's a sure pleasure to use.

Good luck!!!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:11

It is a bit late now for the OP I suppose, but Vectors with XF nibs do/did exist. Some guy was selling off his stock on ebay and Amazon in the UK a year or so ago, and I have one. At present Vectors with the F nib are often available from ebay traders in India and China.

The F nib you have in your 78g should be swappable with the stock nib in a Pilot Metropolitan if you prefer the Metropolitans body.

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