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I have just bought my fifth fountain pen, the Lamy 2000 which when the shipment arrived, had a deadly surprise. I had not looked very far into the pen but it turns out that the pen is piston filled with a unique nib placement. Because the nib is so hidden, i have no idea how to take out the nib to clean it. Help me!!!

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Water flush. That's all I have done, though I've only owned mine for half a year. 

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Normally, I too just flush with water by iteratively filling, expelling, filling, expelling, etc.

Once the water ‘runs clear’ when expelling it from the pen, I refill it with water and then let that ‘wick’ through the nib into a folded piece of kitchen paper. I repeat that step until no more dyestuff wicks out of the nib into the kitchen paper.

I perform this ‘OCD-esque’ routine every time that I run out of ink, because I like to ‘rotate’ between my pens, and between my inks too. Although it is not ‘unknown’, it is unusual for me to choose to re-fill the same pen with the same ink, and so even my Lamy 2000 can find itself unused for a few months.
I do this extensive clean for each pen with water at the end of each fill because doing so means that I can be confident that I won’t encounter any undesirable ‘alchemical’ conflicts (e.g. between iron-gall inks and pigment-based inks) when I next fill the pen.


All that said, I did take the front end of my 2000 off when I needed to re-lubricate its piston with some 100% pure silicone grease.
At that time, I availed myself of the opportunity to remove & rinse its feed thoroughly, although I cannot now remember whether or not I also took off its nib to scrub its underside.

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It's great that you (apparently) can disassemble the Lamy 2000 if you really have to, but for flushing out old ink this would be overkill in my opinion (compare: when changing the oil in your car, you don't disassemble the engine either).

As Mercian said just water. In addition: if I flush a pen filled with IG ink I use a little ascorbic acid dissolved in water (AKA Vitamin C), as these inks like a slightly more acidic environment. I may at some point leave the water in overnight and see whatever it dissolved by just sitting in the pen. Only when needed I move on to a little pun flush (and then need to do flushes with water to get rid of the pen flush). Dissambly I reserve for repairs.
As said this is my opinion. The fact that you can take it apart doesn't mean you should do so on a regular basis (and certainly not when there are friction-fit parts involved)

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2 hours ago, Geert Jan said:

The fact that you can take it apart doesn't mean you should do so on a regular basis


This really wasn't a thing, in my recollection, until the TWSBI "here's a tool, take it apart" Curse, along with a dash of Noodlers.  So yeah.  Flushing will suffice.

Add lightness and simplicate.


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Don't take apart unless you have to.  A flush and then shaking the water out is sufficient.  I've seen a number of 2000 pens that broke because the owner insisted on disassembling the pen to clean it on a regular basis, and then over tightened the section putting it back on - which lead to snapped threads on the barrel, or a lost seal (or improperly installed) at the back end of the feed.



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