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Which Pens Have Easily Swappable Nibs?

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#21 sansenri

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 21:47

ok, but shouldn't we let Melissa get into the fun gradually?... :)

 

I do see reason for the question, anyway. Whether one wants to swap a nib with another, buy a replacement, or even just buy a new pen with a new nib, is a personal decision, but knowing which nibs are "easier" to replace does make a difference to the choice.

I started swapping nibs in my Pelikans because it's so "easy" (I mean simple, practical, even a kid could do it) , I only got into pulling nibs and feeds out at a later stage (agreed it can be economically convenient  -  depending on the nib - but does require some additional confidence).



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Posted 06 December 2019 - 22:56



I do see reason for the question, anyway. Whether one wants to swap a nib with another, buy a replacement, or even just buy a new pen with a new nib, is a personal decision, but knowing which nibs are "easier" to replace does make a difference to the choice.

 

 

What I meant was that the question, as posed, wasn't clear. Maybe it wasn't clear in Melissa's mind either; I don't know.

 

I suspect that most fountain pen enthusiasts and tinkerers here — especially those with an interest in getting more out of a particular fountain pen (cap/barrel/design) in terms of the range of writing outcomes — would be likely to regard "swap" to mean only physical replacement, and not with an implied, "I want to be able to buy additional nibs for my pens through retailers of those brands, without voiding warranty. For which pens can I separately order nibs that fit?"


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 16:47

ok, but shouldn't we let Melissa get into the fun gradually?... :)

 

I do see reason for the question, anyway. Whether one wants to swap a nib with another, buy a replacement, or even just buy a new pen with a new nib, is a personal decision, but knowing which nibs are "easier" to replace does make a difference to the choice.

I started swapping nibs in my Pelikans because it's so "easy" (I mean simple, practical, even a kid could do it) , I only got into pulling nibs and feeds out at a later stage (agreed it can be economically convenient  -  depending on the nib - but does require some additional confidence).

 

I understood it that way, that's what I mentioned the modern Duofolds: despite being friction fitted, they can be taken away even easier than Pelikans (first time you are always afraid of breaking something -and, in fact, that's a real risk with old ebonite feeds).  The problem with those pens is that spare nibs are rare and expensive, but that's another issue.





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