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Hero Nib Adjustment

hero china nib beyond the great wall repair adjustment

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#1 dxing97


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 01:11

Recently, by dad brought back two Hero fountain pens, a 7018, and a 7029, both medium nibs (did not actually say on the pen or packaging, my estimate) from china. Both were about 15 USD. The 7018 went to my brother and I got the 29.


Within a week, by brother had dropped it nib-first. 


The strangest thing was that the nib tip did not sustain serious damage. The tines were misaligned, but that was corrected. However, the nib had been pushed into the pen, and since then, I haven't been able to get it out back to where it was (and have been unwilling to try).



Top is the 7029, bottom is the 7018


Is there any way to get it pushed out back to where it was?

Is it better to leave it the way it is? (it still writes, and I haven't seen a large difference in flow, etc.)



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#2 79spitfire


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 02:32

If your satisfied with the way it writes, I would leave it alone. These pens (typically) have friction fit nib and feeds, so a good strait pull should do it.

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#3 Sasha Royale

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 13:57

Remove the ink supply.  Rinse and dry the section and nib.  Wrap the nib and feed with a wide rubber band, for a good grip.

Pull STRAIGHT out.  Clean.  Re-align.  Re-install.  Don't do this too often, or the friction will wear away.


I emphasize CLEAN AND DRY because a secure grip is important.  You can't imagine how much it hurts to stab your hand with a fountain pen.  Three stitches, painful healing, and abuse from the "support group".


On the other hand, in your case, the pen doesn't seem to be adversely affected.  Don't fix it !

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 14:40

Having both pens available and knowing mine was pushed in would make me crazier.


I'd HAVE TO fix it.


I'd try the least first.


I'd use Shasa's gripper method and just pull both the nib and feed (holding them firmly together as 1 unit) out that little needed bit.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 00:29

Well, i've tried the rubber band method, and it doesn't work. Either the nib is REALLY tight in there now, or my rubber band isn't cutting it.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:54

The only way I have been able to get one of these out without damaging the nib or feed to much was to get some thin wire, hook it into an appropriate fin on the underside of the pen, wrap a sock around the wire so you do not skin your hand and pull with a downward angle. 

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:14

Unfortunately, there's nothing to really hook on to without breaking something.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 03:34

It's altogether possible that the nib has been pushed into the plastic sleeve.  It may not have cut into the sleeve, but, depending on the force, it probably is pinned futher into the sleeve.  This suggests that the tail of the nib may have damaged the sleeve as well.


So, if you get the nib out, it's entirely possible that it won't go back in the right way.  In other words, the new, "further back" position might be "the new normal."  And, it may be just fine if the nib and feed come out and are put back.  It's too hard to tell from just looking.


If you keep trying to pull the nib and feed, a little bit of gentle wiggling usually helps.  But, be careful--too much wiggling will break stuff.


Good luck!



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