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#101 Strombomboli

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 15:10

My favourite nib swap is a Lamy Z50 nib on a Platinum Preppy pen. The nib won't slide on easily, it helps to grind a little bit off the feeder left and right, but once the nib is on the pen, you'll never want to change it again anyway. A very cheap solution for people like me who can't do much with fine nibs.


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:42

My TWSBI Mini nib collar unit screwed in perfectly to a Levenger True Writer. And the Levenger cap fit back on fine (does not fit if a larger TWSBI 530/540 nib is used. I don't know about the 580). But I am wondering if an Edison #5 unit with collar is the same size....



#104 Mafia Geek

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 16:05

I recently found that a Waterman #2 nib will fit perfectly into the feed and collar of a Pelikan M2xx or M4xx nib unit. The feed can't keep up if it's a flexy nib, but still a pretty nice pen option for vintage nib on modern pen.



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 19:29

I recently read somewhere the the Pelikan M2XX nib is a standard #5 nib size.  So that would certainly open up the field a bit. 


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 13:37

Will Sheaffer fineline screw-in nib units fit any other pen, maybe in an Esty or a Pelikan?


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 16:58

Have a Franklin Christoph #5 Masuyama stub in my Visconti Van Gogh Midi. Fits perfectly. The same nib also fits my Delta Vintage.

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 18:22

I recently found that a Waterman #2 nib will fit perfectly into the feed and collar of a Pelikan M2xx or M4xx nib unit. The feed can't keep up if it's a flexy nib, but still a pretty nice pen option for vintage nib on modern pen.

 

 

I recently read somewhere the the Pelikan M2XX nib is a standard #5 nib size.  So that would certainly open up the field a bit. 

 

I have used quite a few Pelikan pens and nibs.  I have M200s and M400s now, and their nibs per se are superior nibs.  The only thing you are going to get out of the Waterman substitution is flex, because that nib isn't going to have anything else better than a Pelikan nib. 

 

I have put a Waterman nib into a Reform 1745, and that was a miniscule improvement over the Reform, because the Waterman was 14K, increasing the snob value, and it is flexy where the Reform was not, increasing the flexy snob value.

 

Rather than downgrading Pelikans by putting in foreign #5 nibs, why not take the #5 nibs, 14K preferably, and put them in cheaper pens, like Reforms, Esterbrooks, etc.  Sheaffer and Waterman 14K nibs are excellent for the purpose of increasing the snob value or outrageous sacrilege value of doing it.  In these cases you can always reverse the process.  Generally no harm done and a lot of good clean fun and skills learned.


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 05:36

It's too bad this list didn't get stickied and isn't being maintained anymore.

I was able to friction fit a Goulet #6 nib into the housing of the Italix Churchman's Prescriptor, in case that helps anyone.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 16:39

I'm glad that I got diverted from another thread to this one.

 

I have been wanting to make a frankenpen for about a decade. I did try, at one time, by putting a medium Sheaffer nib onto a Sheaffer cartridge fountain pen. Unfortunately, the nib and feed did not quite match and so it never was able to actually write :doh: . I then put the old steel nib back in and the cartridge pen writes to this day, albeit with a finer nib than I'd like.

 

Can anyone tell me what size nib, or feed, the Sheaffer Prelude has? That's the extra nib that I have. I'd really like to get it into a working fountain pen.

 

So is this #5 and #6 designation just a description of the width of the feed? All these years I've been under the impression that the nibs and feeds were just about all proprietary, made to be mostly incompatible, with nib and/or feed swapping limited to rare coincidences, the same nib/feed used in different fountain pens of the same manufacturer, or possible for someone with a machine shop or carving skills.

 

I also have a spare Kaweco Sport nib around here that I might want to try fitting into another pen. Can anyone say what # the nib or feed of the modern Kaweco Sport is?

 

I agree that it'd be great to have this thread be more prominent; it would be more likely to be updated then, too :thumbup: .


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:37

Please pin this! This thread is one of the best examples of fp user ingenuity. Tinkerers unite!

Sailor fude de mannen ground thinner at the tail, put in a Noodler's Konrad. So. Much. Fun.

No name (manuscript equivalent?) calligraohy nibs prised from penless sections fit with no alteration in Nib Creapers. They are ridiculously smooth fat stubs, though I am still working on the feed:nib:ink relationship to keep it juicy.

Now I just need something that will take pilot parallel nibs/nib units...

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 16:53

I'm glad that I got diverted from another thread to this one.

 

I have been wanting to make a frankenpen for about a decade. I did try, at one time, by putting a medium Sheaffer nib onto a Sheaffer cartridge fountain pen. Unfortunately, the nib and feed did not quite match and so it never was able to actually write :doh: . I then put the old steel nib back in and the cartridge pen writes to this day, albeit with a finer nib than I'd like.

 

Can anyone tell me what size nib, or feed, the Sheaffer Prelude has? That's the extra nib that I have. I'd really like to get it into a working fountain pen.

 

So is this #5 and #6 designation just a description of the width of the feed? All these years I've been under the impression that the nibs and feeds were just about all proprietary, made to be mostly incompatible, with nib and/or feed swapping limited to rare coincidences, the same nib/feed used in different fountain pens of the same manufacturer, or possible for someone with a machine shop or carving skills.

 

I also have a spare Kaweco Sport nib around here that I might want to try fitting into another pen. Can anyone say what # the nib or feed of the modern Kaweco Sport is?

 

I agree that it'd be great to have this thread be more prominent; it would be more likely to be updated then, too :thumbup: .

 

The Kaweco Sport (modern version) is not a #5 nib. Look at the photo below with a #5 BOCK nib. It's much smaller!

 

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 19:34

 

 

I also have a spare Kaweco Sport nib around here that I might want to try fitting into another pen. Can anyone say what # the nib or feed of the modern Kaweco Sport is?

 

 

 

 

The Kaweco Sport nib will fit into a Noodler's Nib Creaper. It's one of the best swaps I've done. 

 

The Kaweco stock feed doesn't supply enough ink to the nib for my liking. And once I switch to Kaweco 1.5 or 1.9 nibs, the thing skips like crazy.

 

I'm happy to say that the nib creaper with its ebonite feed, provides very generous flow to both 1.5 and 1.9 kaweco nibs. They never skip or write dry any more.



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Posted 22 March 2016 - 14:01

Where can you get a Kaweco sport nib without buying an entire pen? 

 

I currently have a gorgeous Sheaffer lifetime nib, in a section.  I have been squinting at my Kaigelu 316, and at this nib, and at my 316, and at this nib, and at my 316...One of these days I may give it a try...



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:05

Pelikan M80x nibs are size #6. I just popped mine into the Conid Regular Bulkfiller for a trial. :)

 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 14:45

Where can you get a Kaweco sport nib without buying an entire pen? 
 


Jetpens sells Kaweco nibs.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 00:25

Jetpens sells Kaweco nibs.

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 23:25

I just bought a #6 nib from franklin-christoph.com (in person at the Chicago Pen Show) and they installed it into my (Paradise Pens) Padrino Trend. (I wanted a finer point than the M that it came with, and our local store closed).



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 00:01

This thread hasn't been pinned yet?

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 01:36

Just to give a peep here, My Conklin #2 nib fits in a TWSBI Eco, and the 1.1 feed keeps up excellently with the flex!





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