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Is My Nib Clogged?


mettledmike
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I got my Lamy safari delivered today from Amazon.
I had seen a couple of videos about it.

 

As lamy pens come tested, I decided to clean it.

 

I pulled out the nib using a tape, but the tape left some 'glue' on the nib. I tried to wipe it off, but it went into the slit. When I saw the nib through the light, I don't see a continuous line in the slit (from the breather hole to the tip ). I tried flushing with distilled water, but its still there. I tried writing, and I think it writes ok. This is my first time using a decent fountain pen, so I couldn't tell if it didn't write the way it should. Is there glue stuck in the nib? probably. Is it hindering the ink flow? I don't know. How can I get rid of it?

 

Also the Lamy pen came in a different box from the once I had seen in review videos and also came with a converter. Some pictures: https://imgur.com/a/oVS2V

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It's very easy to clean a Lamy Safari, and you don't need to remove the nib to do it. :o Doing that every time you clean it will make the nib a loose fit on the feed. If there is any slight glue residue left from the tape (and if there is, you must have really sticky 'sticky tape') then it should come off in some warm water with a drop of dish soap added.

 

Just soak the pen nib down in a small cup with the warm water, then wipe any remaining residue off and flush out the pen with clean water. No need to use distilled water either.

 

Your pen would have originally come clean just by putting it in a cup with some clean water added and leaving it for a while. :)

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If that doesn't work, eucalyptus oil is the stuff to use to remove gummy substances. Other solvents are, of course, available, but may not smell as nice!

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Effrafax.

 

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Some sort of oil will get that stuff right up!

 

Fyi, you shouldn't remove the nib to clean it, and you don't need tape to remove the nib. Just grab at the top and bottom and slide it off.

 

However, doing this regularly (as in more than every 20 years or so) will result in damage to the pen and the nib not fitting tightly anymore. This is a very common problem nowadays since people like to disassemble their pens now. There's 100 year old pens with nibs that've never been removed - and they work great after flushing with water. There's a reason for that ;)

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