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Good Day, I'm new here so please forgive me if this is the wrong section.

I turn pens and like to replace the kit nibs with higher quality broad nibs (nice for document signing).

I found a beautiful Laban nib for a large Majestic fountain pen but cannot find anything to fit what we call a Churchill or Winston-type pen.

I tried fitting a replacement nib using my feeder and grip section but even though the size matched it would not work. Apparently this is a job for a specialist surgeon!

 

The nib on the left "Mine" is what I need. The one on the right is from Executive Pens and is too broad where it meets the barrel --  13,65mm as opposed to 11.0mm.

Also the thread is too fine.

 

Anyone know where to get something like this in Broad?

FWIW the size on the feeder is 7

 

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SoulSamurai

Sorry, but I'm a little unclear on what you tried to do and what the problem is. Are you saying you tried to replace the entire grip module on the left with the one on the right, or did you remove the nib unit (nib, feed, and a threaded collar) on the left and try to replace it with the nib unit on the right, or did you pull the nib alone (or the nib and feed only, without the collar and grip) from the module on the left and try to replace it with just the nib from the module on the right?

 

My impression is that you tried to screw the entire module on the right into a part designed for the entire module on the left, but couldn't because they are threaded differently. Do you want the new grip, or would you be satisfied with just the new nib in the old grip?

 

I believe the "7" on the feed is not the size, but a manufacturer-specific part code - at least that's what I'd heard in the past. In the photo the nibs and feeds appear to be different diameters, which is strange seeing as they appear to be about the same length. Could you measure the diameters of the feeds?

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17 hours ago, SoulSamurai said:

Sorry, but I'm a little unclear on what you tried to do and what the problem is. Are you saying you tried to replace the entire grip module on the left with the one on the right, or did you remove the nib unit (nib, feed, and a threaded collar) on the left and try to replace it with the nib unit on the right, or did you pull the nib alone (or the nib and feed only, without the collar and grip) from the module on the left and try to replace it with just the nib from the module on the right?

 

My impression is that you tried to screw the entire module on the right into a part designed for the entire module on the left, but couldn't because they are threaded differently. Do you want the new grip, or would you be satisfied with just the new nib in the old grip?

 

I believe the "7" on the feed is not the size, but a manufacturer-specific part code - at least that's what I'd heard in the past. In the photo the nibs and feeds appear to be different diameters, which is strange seeing as they appear to be about the same length. Could you measure the diameters of the feeds?

 

Hi Soul Samurai, yes it looks a bit ambiguous. Mine is on the left. I sent the pic to Executive Pens in UK who were very helpful but they said the one on the right was the closest they could find. Stupid of me not to send details of thread size, grip diameters etc.

I wanted to replace the entire grip, feed and nib, only because I tried buying just the nib before to fit to my feed and grip. Even though the size was correct the ink would just not flow. The supplier said they did not recommend replacing a nib alone as it was a sometimes a finicky process to get it to work.

 

You seem to know a lot about this so I will take some measurements.

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SoulSamurai

I don't know very much, mostly just what I've read on these forums. I don't turn pens or anything, but I have swapped nibs around between pens a few times. It didn't always work, that's true, but I think if you're into turning pens it's good to be willing to fiddle around to try to get it to work. Assuming the issue isn't just oil or debris blocking the ink flow, and the feed is aligned in the housing properly, then it's probably an issue of the nib being the wrong curvature and not sitting on the feed properly, which is something you can probably fix if you're willing to put the time into fiddling around? Well, there's plenty of people on these forums who are far more knowledgeable than me and can give you much better advice.

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On 2/3/2021 at 8:58 AM, SoulSamurai said:

I don't know very much, mostly just what I've read on these forums. I don't turn pens or anything, but I have swapped nibs around between pens a few times. It didn't always work, that's true, but I think if you're into turning pens it's good to be willing to fiddle around to try to get it to work. Assuming the issue isn't just oil or debris blocking the ink flow, and the feed is aligned in the housing properly, then it's probably an issue of the nib being the wrong curvature and not sitting on the feed properly, which is something you can probably fix if you're willing to put the time into fiddling around? Well, there's plenty of people on these forums who are far more knowledgeable than me and can give you much better advice.

Soul Samurai of course you are right. I have fiddled a bit with tuning and polishing nibs with good results. A few years ago I bought a loose nib which seemed to have all the correct parameters, but it just would not feed.

Maybe now with more experience under the belt I will give it another go.

Can you recommend a company that sells "plain" nibs without feed, grip etc?

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SoulSamurai

I have bought nibs from Fountain Pen Revolution, Goulet, and FPNibs.com. I believe Goulet and FPNibs mostly sell whole nib units, but I don't think the added cost of a unit over just a nib is very much.

 

Good luck!

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