What other pens have interchangeable nibs?
I'm especially curious to know if the Sailor Pro-Gear Slim or the Pelikan M400 nibs are as easy to swap out.
I've seen photos of the Pelikan nibs and it looks like the nib unit should screw in and out fairly easily. But I've not seen any nibs for my Sailor pen.
I'm afraid you're conflating two logically different things there with "swap":
- physically removing a nib from the gripping section of a pen (i.e. "swap out") and installing another nib in its place for use; versus
- acquiring additional/spare/replacement nibs (cf. "seen any nibs") for a particular pen, on which to perform the aforementioned operation, in order to have more options as a pen owner or user.
The ease of the former is premised on whether it could be accomplished without requiring special tools, uncommon technique or an inordinate amount of force. The "ease" of the latter is more of a matter of market availability and financial expense.
If a new screw-in nib unit for a Pelikan M800 costs €185 to buy from a retailer (which is the cheapest I can find for the moment, at a glance), but a new Sailor Pro Gear Slim Red Supernova, from which the friction-fit nib can be harvested with a firm pull, costs only €98.51, is it then easier to swap out a nib for the Pelikan M800 or a Sailor PGS?
Don't like pulling out friction-fit nibs, voiding product warranty in the process and running the risk of damaging the nib or feed? No problem, the gripping section – with the nib and feed as fitted in the factory — of a Sailor PGS Red Supernova will screw easily the barrel of a Sailor PGS Ocean or metallic purple Sailor PGS. Or one could just swap the ink converter across, when writing with a different nib in a particular ink is called for, but the user doesn't want to fill two pens with that ink.
Wait! New Pelikan M400 nib units are cheaper than that, and you could fit M200 nib units into an M400 pen body!
Wait! You can fit the gripping sections of a number of different Sailor pen models — including the 21K gold- and 14K gold-nibbed Profit Standard, 14K gold-nibbed Promenade, steel-nibbed Procolor 500, steel-nibbed Lecoule and steel-nibbed Profit Junior — straight onto the barrel of a Sailor PGS (and it will cap). For the avoidance of doubt, I just tried all of that with my Sailor PGS Ocean.
So, what counts as "easy" when it comes to swapping nibs on a pen? Best not to couch it in implicit
terms of particular outcomes you had in mind, such as preserving the looks of a metallic purple Sailor PGS pen in all ways while minimising the personal expense and risk, but still availing yourself to different nib width grades on the "same" pen without purchasing multiples of it.
So you may want to change the question to; what pens have nibs that are not easily swapped.
Or just change the question altogether, if simply physically replacing one nib without another compatible nib, irrespective of what it takes to acquire and have a replacement nib at hand, is not really the thing the O.P. had in mind.
For what it's worth, I've just made a bunch of screw-in nib units for PenBBS 308 and 309 pens, that have Nemosine #6 steel EF, F, 0.6mm Stub and 0.8mm Stub nibs (and one with a Jinhao nib, too) in them. Switching to the use of a different nib on my PenBBS 309 piston-filler is now
easy as pie, but the prep work that got me there wasn't as easy or as clicking on a "Buy Now" button.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 02 December 2019 - 08:10.
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