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#1 taxlord

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 21:10

Does anyone have any idea what size nib I can put in a Vac Mini? I just accidentally bent my nib. I do not want to get a TWSBI nib.  Also, would like recommendation for hunting down vintage nibs that might be compatible.  I have seen a few posts about this here before but could not find definitive information.  Thanks. 



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#2 Jamerelbe

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 00:29

Does anyone have any idea what size nib I can put in a Vac Mini? I just accidentally bent my nib. I do not want to get a TWSBI nib.  Also, would like recommendation for hunting down vintage nibs that might be compatible.  I have seen a few posts about this here before but could not find definitive information.  Thanks. 

 

I know this is not exactly what you're looking for, but fpnibs.com offer bare TWSBI nibs for US$19.05 - or you can buy the whole nib assembly for US$23.79 plus postage.  They used to sell JoWo nibs that had been adjusted to fit a TWSBI pen, but discontinued this when they began selling TWSBI-branded nibs.  The advantage of buying from fpnibs.com is that you can pay a small additional amount for the nib to be customised - XXF and XXXF options, obliques, italics, architect grinds and the like.  I've bought several custom-ground nibs from them (plus a Waverley nib), and have been very happy with their quality.

 

Sorry I'm no help re vintage nibs - my impression is that there's a bit of trial and error involved here, as older pens don't necessarily conform to the standard (e.g. #5) sizings used by JoWo, Bock and the like.



#3 Phil_Dart

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 19:10

Can I help here maybe?

We sell an awful lot of Bock nibs to go into TWSBI pens. I realise you asked about vintage nibs, about which I can't talk very knowledgeably I'm afraid, but Bock's standard size 5 (type 180) in an excellent fit in a Mini Vac. You need to swap the Bock into your existing TWSBI houing with your existing TWSBI feed, but its a good fit I promise.

http://www.beauforti.../bocksize5.html

I hope that helps a bit


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#4 1791thinkshop

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:22

I haven't tried switching nibs between 580, 700r, and 700r Mini; but have had the thought race through my mind. So, here's a question that could make thinks more clear to me. Is a nib on a Vac 700r Mini a #5 or number #6? I was under the impression that all TWSBI were #6 Bock or JoWo. That JoWo was actually manufacturing the nibs for TWSBI. Now I know that being made by JoWo doesn't mean much really in the scheme of things at present, but could I take say, a 1.1 Stub from my 580 or Vac700r and swap it out on a feed for my Vac 700r Mini? The collar sits further up on the feed/nib therefore shortening the nib units length, but I thought they were the same size nib (width of the wings of the nib not withstanding).
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#5 Phil_Dart

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 09:14

The VAC700R is a size 6 nib, and the 580 is a size 5. The Mini is also a size 5, so you should be able to swap the nib from your 580 into your Mini, but not from the VAC700R


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:39

The Diamond 580 nib is a #5 nib, but wider in 'wingspan' than the nibs that fit into the Diamond Mini, Vac Mini, Eco and Classic.  Neither is a stock JoWo #5 nib, they've been custom manufactured to TWSBI's specifications.  You should be able to fit the entire nib assembly from a Diamond 580 onto a Diamond Mini, but the nibs themselves aren't easily swappable.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 15:15

fpnibs.com used to sell replacement nibs for TWSBI without branding. You can visit if still available.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 21:40

fpnibs.com used to sell replacement nibs for TWSBI without branding. You can visit if still available.

 

They used to modify standard JoWo #5 nibs to fit the Eco, but had variable end user experiences, so they discontinued selling them - they now only sell TWSBI branded nibs to fit their pens (unless you want to buy a gold nib in an assembly!).

 

[Edited to add: I bought several of the non-branded nibs before they discontinued their sale, and had no trouble with them - so I was disappointed when they stopped making them.  The TWSBI branded nibs are a bit more expensive, but guaranteed to fit...]


Edited by Jamerelbe, 22 November 2017 - 21:41.







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