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Monteverde Artista Crystal Nib Replacements



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NobodysPerfect

I love my Monteverde Artista Crystal -- beautiful clear feed and converter, perfect size and weight for me, and definitely the sturdiest of my demonstrator pens. The only problem is that it only comes in M. Now that some of the colors are discontinued, I wanted to pick up another one but don't want to be stuck with another M.

 

Where would I be able to buy a replacement nib, preferably a 1.1 stub? I think it's a size 5 nib, and I've only found Edison nibs and feeds in that size, which are a bit expensive, especially since I'm not sure if they would fit. Has anyone had any luck finding a replacement nib for these pens?

 

Thanks.

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It's a size 5 nib indeed! I was able to successfully use a Fountain Pen Revolution nib in my Pink Artista Crystal. I went with the size 5 flex nib, but I assume any of the other size 5 nibs on their site would work as well. Their #5 Fine Stub nib claims a 1.1 mm vertical line and is sold for $7.00. I haven't tried this nib in my Artista, however.

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I bought some FPR italic #5 nibs and was sorely disappointed. They are not 1.1mm in width. The ad copy states that they can write "1.1mm vertical line with slight pressure". They are hard as nails, and are about 0.5 mm without pressure. Furthermore, without trying to flex them, the nibs of two of them broke off under normal writing. My experience is that they are truly horrible nibs.

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I bought some FPR italic #5 nibs and was sorely disappointed. They are not 1.1mm in width. The ad copy states that they can write "1.1mm vertical line with slight pressure". They are hard as nails, and are about 0.5 mm without pressure. Furthermore, without trying to flex them, the nibs of two of them broke off under normal writing. My experience is that they are truly horrible nibs.

 

I'm a fan of FPR's nibs on the whole, but I have to agree the fine stub nibs are not that great. They don't provide a great deal of line variation (there is a *little*, but definitely not 1.1mm), and they're pretty scratchy to boot. I've never had one break on me, but then again, I didn't like them so I swapped them out of my pens fairly quickly!

 

I believe FPR are planning to provide some kind of stub nib in their #5.5 range (which fit most pens that take their #5 nibs). I've been pretty happy with the nibs I've sampled from this newer range so far, and find them a better product all round... But I can't speak for the stub nibs till I've had a chance to try them. They're currently listed on the website as "Coming Soon!" - I expect I'll pull the trigger pretty quickly when I discover that "They're here"...

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starlegohunter

I am currently using an Artista Crystal with a an Edison 1.4 stub. The nib and feed work well together, so you can still use the awesome clear feed. I have only been using the peb like this for a month and the only issue that I have found is at first I didn't have the nib pushed in far enough and the flow was inconsistent. But otherwise, I highly recommend putting an Edison nib in the Artista Crystal.

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Does anybody know who makes the Artista Crystal nib? I don't think Monteverde makes them, and I there is a Brazilian brand with nibs of the very same design. Just curious.

Who knows what ink lurks in the hearts of pen? The Shadow knows!

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I wanted to have a fine nib in my Artista, took out the nib from a Jinhao 992 (available on the ’Bay for less than $2) and put it in (both the Artista and the 992 are friction-fixed: you simply gently pull the nib and feed straight out). I wasn’t quite pleased with this solution because the Artista seems to have a wetter feed than the 992 – but maybe this is precisely what others would like to have.

In current use: Cleo Skribent Classic, Waterman Expert, Platinum 3776 Century, Diplomat Excellence, Pelikan M200, Sheaffer Targa (the good old Sheaffer, not one Made in China)

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