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Extreme Makeover- Jetpens Chibi Edition

jetpens chibi frosted nib swap number five knox k26 clipless

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#1 phillieskjk

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 16:17

Some of you may remember the short Jetpens Chibi 2 Review I posted several days ago. (Here's the link if you want to read it http://www.fountainp...chibi-2-review/ ). I liked the pen a lot, and it was a good size for me, but I was itching to do some sort of modification to it. At first I did some research on going full on crazy and buying a gold nib for it, but at that price point I could have simply bought a Japanese pen with a gold nib, and couldn't really justify the purchase. Instead, I took the broad nib from my Knox Avicenna (I have an EF that I prefer in it, as it is mostly used for school) and put it in th Chibi. Maybe it was just in my head, but it actually seemed like the nib wrote better in the Chibi! Inspired by my nib swapping success, I then removed the clip and changed the finish of the pen from clear demonstrator to frosted. It looks great, and writes great with the smooth broad nib. Here are some pictures, please refer to the original review for befote pictures. Note: sorry the pictures aren't the best, they were shot from my iPhone.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 16:23

Well done !!!... It went from looking cheap and plasticky... to almost  a Franklin Christoph knock-off...   :lol:  :lol:

 

 

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#3 phillieskjk

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 16:29

Well done !!!... It went from looking cheap and plasticky... to almost  a Franklin Christoph knock-off...   :lol:  :lol:
 
 
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Thanks! I wasn't sure if it was going to work, but I just went for it. The nib swap is what especially pleased me. I had been having problems with the nib in my Knox pen, but in the Chibi it works perfectly! My theory is that the Knox's feed couldn't keep up, because it works well with an EF nib, but the broad nib dried up and hard started. With the seemingly better (and clear) feed of the Chibi, the broad, wet nib works great.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 17:56

So how did you frost it? Do tell...



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 18:33

So how did you frost it? Do tell...

I just used sandpaper.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 18:53

I just used sandpaper.

 

Ah, OK, cool...Well, I like the look. Good job!



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 23:54

 
Ah, OK, cool...Well, I like the look. Good job!

Thank you! Just to clarify, I used 220 grit 3M sandpaper I had from my Eagle Scout project (we built bookshelves), and the nib (Knox K26 Broad) slid right into the Chibi section with the Chibi feed.

Edited by phillieskjk, 28 June 2016 - 23:55.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:03

The frosting really makes it.  Great job. Thank you for sharing.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:28

The frosting really makes it.  Great job. Thank you for sharing.


Thanks! I've been using it all day, and I think it might be my new favorite pen! I have several pens in the $100+ range with gold nibs, but the Knox B nib on this and the look of the frost just really have made me fall in love with it. Who would've thought my favorite pen would only cost me $2.99! As a side note, my success with the Chibi led me to "frost" another demonstrator I had lying around, the piston filling Dollar 717i. It also looks great!

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:35

Great idea to frost the pen.  You did a great job on it.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:48

I agree with everyone else on this looking great. 

When you took the clip, wouldn't there be some kind of gap remaining? Do you have a picture if that cap portion?

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:54

I agree with everyone else on this looking great. 
When you took the clip, wouldn't there be some kind of gap remaining? Do you have a picture if that cap portion?
Thx.

Actually, the clip was in one piece with the rest of the cap. I cut it off with wire cutters and then used the sandpaper I had used to frost the pen to sand the ragged edge from the cut down to the size of the rest of the cap.





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