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  1. I recently became aware that one can easily install a Pilot Parallel nib into an Opus 88 Demonstrator pen. I have tried it, and it works. It is super simple. This provides at once the virtues of the Pilot Parallel nibs for calligraphy and the advantages of the Opus 88 fountain pen - better ergonomics, portability, huge ink capacity and economical ink use (compared to cartridges, unless you refill them). Here are links to a couple of youtube videos on this hack: Enjoy! David
  2. From the album: Nothing to see here, move along

    Even though the nib unit from the Ambition does not have a protruding nipple the way the Opus 88 #10 (or other generic JoWo #5) nib unit does, it can still be used in the Opus 88 Picnic or Koloro.

    © A Smug Dill

  3. heymatthew

    Where To Buy Nib/section For Lamy 2000?

    Hey guys, I had a Lamy 2000 and sold it, but really missed it. The other day I jumped on a Lamy 2000 with a 0.6mm stub customized by Mike Masuyama. I really like the nib, but it's way too broad for my liking for everyday use (I can see it coming in handy for special occasions, though). I want to buy a nib and/or section. Preferably something already put together so all I have to do is swap it out. Worst case scenario is that I can trade someone the Mike-ified nib that I have for a standard Lamy 2000 EF nib as I'll use that way more than this stub. But I'd really like to have it as a second option. I called Lamy USA and they flat-out refuse to sell me the nib/section for the 2000. They offered a swap. When I explained that I wanted both options, I just got a weird, "Oh, okay...". LOL! I didn't mention the modification as I thought their heads might explode. Anyone? Anywhere? Have money, will spend.
  4. I have a beautiful -at least to me- Lamy Vista with an awful EF nib. Having experienced more than one mediocre Lamy nibs (lucky me! ) I loose faith in Lamy and refuse to buy yet another scratchy nib. So the pen sits unused in my drawer. And here comes that topic and that post of mine (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/249626-if-your-friends-all-jumped-off-a-cliff/?p=2746375) to remind me my beautiful Vista and what a pity it is to see it laying unused and how much I would love to just replace it's nib with a smooth Pilot M nib. And then it hits me. Ok, Pilot nibs can't really catch on the Lamy feed, but how about that Preppy I bought a few months ago? After playing a little bit, I figured out that the Platinum nib DOES catch securely on the Lamy feed. The only problem is that the feed is a little large and sticks out from the nib, making the pen a bit funny/weird to look at. Considering that the nib is just soft plastic, I might try to cut it to the right size with a utility knife (perhaps tomorrow. now it's too late, I'm sleepy and I will definately ruin it) But, to be quite frank even with it's peculiar looks, I much prefer my Vista as it is now than as it used to be. At least now I can use it.
  5. Bellatrix

    Newbie With A Stipula

    First of all: hello. Newb here. Please be gentle with me. (but not too gentle ) So I got hypnotized by the Stipula Etruria Rainbow Prisma. i clicked "BUY" before I knew what I was in for. Fortunately it's a lovely pen so far and I do like it quite a bit, but what would make me love it is a Stub nib. Does anyone have any experience changing nibs in an Etruria Rainbow? Anything I should know? I am hesitant to do anything without some idea of what I'm doing. Any tips or advice?
  6. This review and others can also be found at my website: www.pensinksandpaper.com The Indian fountain pen market is an interesting dichotomy between cheap, largely unreliable pens, and gorgeous handmade pieces of ebonite that are a joy to write with. This pen falls firmly into the latter category. Appearance & Design (9/10) – The Ranga is absolutely gorgeous in a way no picture I could take will ever convey. There’s something about rippled ebonite that even the most experienced pen photographers (one of which I am most decidedly not) cannot convey in their work. If you have never seen a pen made from rippled ebonite in real life before, go buy one now. I promise you it will not disappoint. The size is perfect for what I was looking for, and Mr. Kandan (the pen turner who created this masterpiece) was very cooperative in making sure the design was perfectly made to my tastes. There was a slight communication error in ordering a color, but it was a happy accident; I love the color I have now more than I think I would’ve liked the other and Mr. Kandan helped to rectify the situation almost immediately with a partial refund. (Which I naturally used to help fund another Ranga… I couldn’t help myself.) The only flaw in the design of the pen is the cap posting. It does post, but not very securely, and the pen feels awkwardly long when posted. Otherwise, the design is flawless; this is a truly gorgeous pen. Construction & Quality (10/10) – You can’t beat handmade. The pen was obviously crafted with great care, and there is an undeniable beauty to having a pen made from a single piece of material with no seams or manufacturing nicks to be found. Although the 2C is the lightest and smallest Ranga available, about the length of a Lamy Safari and a bit thinner, it feels solidly made, and the ebonite of the pen is smooth and well finished. Handmade pens are always special in my opinion, and this one is no exception. They are made with special care and attention that no mass-produced pen can be, and the results are magnificent. Nib & Performance – The nib section of this review is where my experience may vary from that of others who use this pen, so I will refrain from giving a numbered score in this section. I set the stock nib aside almost as soon as I received the pen, and had replaced it before I inked it up for the first time. I did this because I use this pen for small annotations and Calculus, so I replaced the nib with an Extra Fine from JOWO of Germany. The 2C fits a number five nib perfectly as a replacement for its original nib. This is different from most Rangas, which accept number six nibs. The nib I swapped in was purchased from fpnibs.com, who also provide excellent service as well as a variety of affordable nib services. Filling System & Maintenance – The 2C is an eyedropper filler, so for a small pen it has a significant ink capacity, around 2-2.5 mL. This becomes especially significant (and useful) when you use an extra fine nib. I have not experienced any issues with burping, and the pen is relatively easy to clean. Cost & Value (10/10) – A handmade ebonite pen for $18 is unbeatable value. Mine came to a total cost of $28, including shipping, if you factor in the JOWO nib, but when you think about it that is an incredibly low price. It’s a handmade ebonite pen with a very nice German nib used in much more expensive pens smoothed by a nibmeister for the same price as a Kaweco Sport. (I have nothing against the Kaweco, it just happened to be the same price and a good comparison) At that price, the Ranga 2C represents an incredible value and I’m glad I purchased one. Conclusion (9.67/10) – The Ranga Model 2C is both a gorgeous pen and a fantastic value. Mr. Kandan is pleasant to work with, and happy to answer any questions. Should anything go wrong, he rectifies the situation almost immediately. The pen itself writes beautifully, and is both reliable and well made. It has been one of my daily writers since it arrived, and I can’t see it stopping in the near future.
  7. I just got a Nemosine Singularity with the 0.8mm italic nib, and I think I'll like the nib a lot but the glaring design flaw* in the pen is going to drive me nuts sooner or later. Anyone happen to know of any compatible pen bodies for this nib? * the design flaw for those who don't know the pen: the cap screws onto the section (instead of the body like basically every other screw cap) so when you unscrew the cap you have a chance that the body just unscrews from the section instead.
  8. 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 https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/310064-jetpens-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.
  9. Yesterday I received a new nib for my rose gold Monteverde Invincia, a black 1.1 Monteverde stub. Unfortunately neither of these nibs fit into my Monteverde. After doing some research I discovered that the current models of Monteverde pens are not the same as the models which were available when I purchased my Invincia several years ago. With a little more research I discovered that my current nib has the same dimensions as a #5 nib. This was upsetting for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that I could not use my newly purchased nib in this pen. I have contacted the seller who is willing to take back the nib, but this leaves me with a problem. I very much want to put a stub or italic nib onto this pen. I have looked everywhere I can think of for a #5 nib that comes as a nib only (not attached to a feed section). The only places that seem to have loose #5 nibs are xfountainpens, Mazurka Pens, and Fountain Pen Revolution. Mazurka Pens does not have any stubs or italics. xfountainpens only has oblique broad and oblique broad X2. I have heard good things about Fountain Pen Revolution and have no issues with their prices, but I really don't want to wait for 2+ weeks to receive a new nib. Is there anyone out there who knows of a seller with #5 italic or stub nibs located here in the USA? Any assistance would be appreciated.
  10. kermitthefrog.jc

    Nib Swap For A Twsbi 580?

    I have a TWSBI 580 with an EF nib, but even that is not fine enough for me. Does anyone know of a finer nib, like a Japanese EF nib, that can be swapped with a TWSBI 580 nib?
  11. A few months ago now, I did a review of the black metal version of the Jinhao 599 - a pen which, for the price, was not only of surprisingly good quality but also a very comfortable writer. It was provided to me for free by Kevin of JustWrite pens (www.JustWrite.com.au), in return for a review. Two weeks ago, the plastic versions of the same pen became available from his store - and I was so excited at the look of them that I decided to order several (and yes, I paid full price for them!). Look and feel: Two weeks on, I have to say I LOVE these pens. The colours are vibrant, the plastic is cheap but I don't find it nasty (!); and I especially like the translucent colours (smoke-coloured, 'amber' and blue). I know this is a matter of personal preference, but I much prefer the clips on these pens to the Lamy Safari they emulate - that, and the fact that they'll take standard international cartridges, are two significant 'pluses' for these pens. [Add to that the fact that a cartridge converter comes standard - with a Lamy Safari, you're paying $5-10 extra). The plastic pens are lighter than the metal pen - but I like both options. All the different varieties post securely - though the metal pen becomes more noticeably back-heavy when doing so. The following is a 'sample' of the different varieties available - metal on top, then solid plastic, translucent plastic, and hooded nib varieties: http://i.imgur.com/R6aUl1P.jpg Nib Options: As you'll see from the photo above (and below), the Jinhao pen comes with three different nib options. The metal variety comes with a flatter nib, and a proprietary feed that mimics the Safari (I think) - though it's fairly easy to remove from the grip section. On the JustWrite website there are pictures of plastic 599s with the same flat nib, but all of mine came with the curved nibs you see in the photos. Then there's the hooded nib - or as a fourth option (which I passed on), you can buy a 599 rollerball pen. http://i.imgur.com/ixhb3pD.jpg Aesthetically, I probably like the distinctive nib on the metal 599 best - maybe because it's the most similar to a Lamy nib? [No, as far as I can tell, they're not interchangeable with Lamy!]. I also like the fact that it lays down a fairly fine line. The curved nibs look fairly similar to the #5 nibs you'll find on some other Jinhao pens - though as with the rest of the Jinhao range, I'm not convinced by the 18KGP markings! So far I've found all of these nibs to write very smoothly, and to lay a fine-to-medium line. The hooded nib pen, to me, looks ugly - I'm not a fan of the black plastic casing that holds them into the grip section, and wonder if Jinhao would have been smarter to match the casing to the colour of the pen. The big advantage of these nibs, though, is the smooth fine line they produce (very much in my 'sweet spot'!), and the fact that hooded nibs TEND to be less prone to ink dry-out (though I've yet to confirm that). For AU$6.99, these pens are a fantastic buy - yes, I know you can buy them cheaper online, but I prefer to support my 'local' online business! - and I really don't think you can go wrong. The one downside is the fact that there are no nib-size options - you get what you get with these pens. However... Interchangeability For me, this was the most exciting thing about the plastic pens: when I pulled the nib and feed out of one of them, I immediately noticed that the feed on the pen is identical (yes, IDENTICAL) to the feed in my Dilli pens from Fountain Pen Revolution: http://i.imgur.com/8JhYY7Q.jpg Dilli nib and feed on top; Jinhao nib and feed on bottom Which means, in theory at least, that the nibs for these pens should be interchangeable - and that's great news, because Fountain Pen Revolution sell a range of inexpensive nibs (and I have plenty of spares) for US$3-7. But are they interchangeable in practice? Umm... Well... Yes, and no. If you look at the above picture, you'll see that the wings on the FPR nib are a little wider - and that makes it a bit of a squeeze, trying to fit these nibs into the 599 housing. It's doable - and the one time I installed a flex nib it seemed to work really well! - but I've found the nibs won't push in as far as I'd like. The flow is fine, once you get it started, but the distance between the end of the feed and the end of the nib seems to increase the incidence of hard starts. In one pen, the nib sat 'proud' enough that it prevented the cap from sealing properly, too - maybe I could have rammed the nib in harder, but I didn't want to risk damaging the grip section (I know, I know, only $7 - but I'm a cheapskate!). Even so, I thought it was worth reporting the above findings - I love the FPR nibs, but have not been overly thrilled with the Dilli pens (too hard to clean), and find that some of the other cheaper pens they sell are prone to dry-out. So here is another use for the nibs that came with my Dilli (and Serwex 101) pens. Also, I thought this might prompt others to have a go, with #5 nibs that YOU have laying around - and let me know if you find a better alternative.
  12. Hi, everyone! I have a Kailgelu 356, which writes pretty well, but is a little bit too fine for what I like to normally write with, which is a 0.9 to 1.0 italic stub. I was wondering whether it was possible to buy a #5 replacement nib to swap into this pen, and whether anyone has tried doing this before? I wanted to get a knox nib to replace my current nib with but didn't want to do so if it's not going to work, as I don't have any pens that will use #5 nib.
  13. A nice weekend, as I managed to pick up two Watermans very inexpensively. One, a chrome Graduate, had a broken clip and a medium nib, and was mine for 50 cents. The other, a green lacquer Apostrophe in matching green leather Waterman pouch, was three euros, but when I pointed out that the (fine) nib had one tine broken off, the lady reduced it to two. We were both happy with that deal. (There's a small chip on the lacquer of the barrel, too, but otherwise the pen is in nice shape.) Here's the broken nib (with its feed). Oh dear, it's really bust. Strangely, I had a Waterman Expert fine nib that broke in exactly the same way. And it's horribly dirty. Nothing to be done with it but the bin. http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/amk-fpn/IMG_20140915_203058.jpg So, time to do a little swap. Soaking in warm water for half an hour, and then using textured latex covered gardening gloves for a bit of grip (they work for me! not the pair I use in the garden, though) I pulled the nibs and feeds out of both pens. The nib came out of the Apostrophe very sweetly - the Graduate took a bit more soaking and effort. A bit of cleaning up, swap the intact nib into the Apostrophe, and hey presto! a pen that writes! http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/amk-fpn/IMG_20140915_203154.jpg And it writes quite smoothly. The nib is nothing special, but it's reliably smooth, laying down a nice slightly broad side of medium line quite wetly even when just dipped. The Apostrophe is a good looking pen. Reasonably thick 'gold' ends and a 'gold' ring round the cap, and a deep green marbled lacquer. It's quite light, and subjectively I'd say (because I haven't got a Laureat to hand at the moment) feels a bit lighter and cheaper than the Laureat. The split clip appears to be very similar if not the same as that on the Phileas and Kultur, and the back of it is noticeably not flush with the cap. And there's a bit of the black plastic section showing, uncovered by the 'gold' band of the cap, which seems a bit strange and amateurish. Still, I'm very happy with this little Apostrophe, for slightly less than the price of a Pilot V-pen!
  14. Inkysloth

    Kaweco Ice Sport Nibs

    Hi all, I have a Kaweco Ice Sport with a medium nib. I find this far too broad for my tastes, so wanted to order an extra fine. I've found an excellent price online at Tiger Pens - £7.99 for the nib & section but it states it fits: Kaweco AL Sport Kaweco AC Sport Kaweco Art Sport Kaweco Sport Luxe Kaweco Lilliput Kaweco Student and not the Ice Sport or Classic. Is this simply because they have transparent sections, and this replacement is black? Or is there a size difference? I was thinking of just taking the nib itself from the section and swapping that over, which means the colour difference ceases to be an issue, but are the nibs themselves the same dimensions? Best wishes & thanks in advance Robin
  15. stoof2010

    Are These Nibs Changable?!?

    So i was wondering if i can change the nib on my sheaffer 100 but i cant find replacement nibs. Goulet pen company sells #5 and 6 but dont know if i can use those. Maybe use it on my noodlers konrad but not sure. All in all, i have lamy safari, pilot metro, noodlers konrad, and sheaffer 100. I know lamy can be switched but stumped on the rest of my pens. Please help a newbie!!! :-/
  16. InterInk

    Goulet Pen Nibs In Parkers?

    Hello, I have a question. I have a Parker Frontier and I'd like to swap a nib. Recently I saw an interesting ad, goulet pen co. has made their own nibs(#6 nib). The question is does GP nibs fit into Parker frontier?





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