Swapping Lamy Nibs with Just Tape

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Probably the biggest selling point to the Lamy Safari/Al-Star/Vista/Joy pens are that they all have interchangeable nibs. You have the option of writing with an extra-fine, fine, medium, or broad nib in either black or silver stainless steel, and the option of 1.1mm, 1.5mm, or 1.9mm italic nibs in silver stainless steel. That’s a lot of choices for one pen, and it’s great for getting a variety of writing styles without having to purchase multiple pens.

Sometimes the nibs come out easily just with your fingers, but sometimes not. I shot this video on how to easily swap out Lamy nibs using nothing but run-of-the-mill scotch tape. It’s safe, fast, easy, and works well whether your Lamy is inked or not. You can also buy replacement Lamy nibs on our site for $13 each.

Let me know how you like the tip! Just post in the comments…

Write on, 
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:07:39+00:00 March 13th, 2011|Tips & Tricks|40 Comments
  • Maria
  • Guest
  • A good pictorial instructions on the tape concept. Even though it's from my competitor! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hadn't seen this before you posted it, but it could be were others learned it before telling me about it. Thanks for sharing.

  • This is from a guy at Lamy (he pronounces it 'Lammy') and he uses a rubber finger. I like the concept, but who has a rubber finger laying around? The reason I like the tape trick better is because you don't need any special tools to do it.

    I'm noticing now that most Americans are calling the name 'Lammy' as opposed to what a few German folks have told me it's said 'Lommy' in Germany.

  • The only thing I'd add is that if there is a little dried bit of ink or even water between the nib and feed after the last time you flushed the pen, it can make the nib stick on the feed. If the pen was dry and the nib sticks, try dipping the nib in or running it under water.

  • That's an excellent point, Chris. If the nib is that dry, the pen is likely in need of a flushing anyway, whether the nib is going to be changed or not.

  • The tape method is by far the best and easiest to implement. In fact my Lamy's feed is so loose that I can usually pull off the nibs with my fingers only.

  • Guest

    The tape removal method has been around for a while on FPN. This was just one blog that had nice pictures to illustrate.

  • Even though the tape idea's been around FPN a while, the first I heard of it was a few days ago when Matt posted a comment about it. I frequent FPN a lot, and if I hadn't heard it, I'm sure others hadn't either. Plus it was the kind of thing just screaming for a video!

  • Some pens are like that, where the nib just slides off and you don't need anything but your fingers. Of all the pens we have, maybe 10% of them are like that. The others need some help, either from tape or some other clever method.

  • I remember asking on FPN how to remove the nib and when they told me and I did the tape deal, I simply was amazed that it could be that simple!

  • I guess now there's a video to share on there too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's pretty cool, you can actually embed videos from YouTube right into FPN posts. So was I pretty much the only one that didn't know about this tape trick before? ๐Ÿ˜›

  • This is awesome! I just ordered my 1st Lamy and I can't wait to try this out. Any other tips or tricks with this pen?

  • Alright! There will be more tips to come. Things like tips on how to clean it out easily, etc. I'm open to any ideas though…it doesn't have to be something totally new and revolutionary, it could just be something like this tape trick that can be enhanced by making a video of it. What other cool tips are there?

  • Now you're making me want a Safari, even though I think they're hideous looking pens.

    Oh, and there's no need to where the BSB badge of pride for several days (unless you want to, of course). Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will take it right off of skin. I was very glad to have read that little factoid somewhere on the FPN after a Preppy eyedropper barfed BSB all over my hands.

  • Haha, the Lamy styling is I guess a little bit of an acquired taste for some! I've tried alcohol hand sanitizer for other inks before and didn't really notice much help. I don't recall using the sanitizer on BSB but I'll give that a shot. Conceptually it could work… honestly though, inky hands are a fact of life for me. I'm getting ink on my hands multiple times a day, so I've come to embrace it as a lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚ As a side note, the BSB that was on my fingers when I recorded this video last night is now almost completely gone just with normal hand washing throughout the day. It's not that permanent of an ink on skin, at least not as bad as some others.

  • It doesn't work very well with other inks, but for some reason it's magical with BSB.

  • You may want to look into selling Lamy 2000's at some point (just found out they exist), it seems to be similar to a pilot vanashing point.
    http://okami-whatever.blogspot.com/2010/06/featured-pen-lamy-2000.html
    http://www.lamyusa.com/lamy_fountain_L01_2000.php

  • Ryan

    You could do a quick video on cleaning pens. Things like that may not be immediately apparent to new folks. When I first used a bulb to push water through a c/c pen, it was like an epiphany that I could do it so much faster.

  • The Lamy 2000s have been highly requested. We're definitely looking into those!

  • I'll definitely have to try it next time I have BSB covered fingers ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I do have a vid on cleaning pens with a bulb syringe: http://www.inknouveau.com/2010/04/ink-nouveau-22-flushing-fountain-pen.html

    I have a bunch of other tips under 'Tips and Tricks' at the top of this very blog!

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you! Letting us know what you want is a huge factor for what we carry. Since day one in our business we've looked to our customers and fans to tell us what we should carry. Keep the suggestions coming!

  • Anon

    The tape method has been around since I first came across the Lamy and I think that was about 200 years ago (well, many years anyways!) but this is probably the best demonstation I have seen. I will be sending folks to watch this as opposed to changing their nibs for them!

    The Safari range grip isn't for everyone – I've found that smaller hands find it easier than larger hands. Highly recommended for school age users.

    The 2000 range is the classic Lamy – one of the best balanced pens I have ever used however because the nib is partially hooded the nib doesn't has almost no spring and gives a hard writing experience. I know many left-handed fountain pen users like the 2000 for this reason.

    The Lamy Dialog 3 is the Lamy with the retractable nib (twist action) – when I tried this pen I found the writing experience to be similarly hard to the 2000. It was a bit short and with no cap to post….!

  • Anon

    Please ignore the word "doesn't" on the second line of the third paragraph….

  • Thank you! I'm glad the video is helpful. Though this method seems to have already been known by everyone (but me!), I though it'd be helpful to do a video of it, since that seems to show it better. Especially for newbies, videos are always helpful. Not only can I demonstrate easier, but I can also speak at the same time, getting a lot more information across than I could typing.

    The 2000 seems to be a popular pen. Some love it, some are indifferent, it seems. I will be able to assess my own opinion once I have mine in to play with (should be soon).

  • satanistis

    Brian, since using Lamy Safari pens with BSB has been a great issue in FPN, i would like you to keep us updated on using this particular ink with Lamy pens. Let me forward you here, if you are not familiar with the issue http://bit.ly/fwXCx1

  • satanistis

    Oops wrong link, here is the one http://bit.ly/fkcqzN

  • That thread wasn't particularly about a Lamy pen, but about some other unknown feed, what appears to be some kind of Bock-knockoff of an unknown maker. Many of the posters in that thread make assumptions, so without more defined information it's hard to take a lot from it. What I suspect was either 1) a faulty feed of some kind was used that reacted with BSB or 2) BSB was mixed with some other ink that caused a reaction like that. Noodler's clearly states not to mix Baystate inks with anything else.

    And that's all we'll go with for that, let's not turn this into yet another rehashing of the myths of incompatibility of BSB with Lamy pens. I'm using BSB in my Lamy Al-Star right now and it's working great.

  • Apparently years ago there was some feed that Lamy had used that was incompatible with some inks, not just BSB. BSB was most highly publicized though, probably because the ink itself is so prone to myths due to it's unique properties. There haven't been any issues with newer Lamy pens that I've been made aware of.

  • satanistis

    Hey Brian. I didn't want to cause any fuss, and thanks for clarifying things. I do own and love Lamys, but always was hesitating to use Noodler's ink on them (although i love their inks). I am definitely going to try the combination now, thanks for all the info!

  • satanistis

    Once again thank you for your info on the topic.

  • You're welcome!

  • No worries ๐Ÿ™‚ The whole Noodler's/Lamy issue was something that was big a couple of years ago, but KCAT (the Inky Thoughts moderator on FPN) will actually close a thread down if you talk about Baystate Blue hurting a pen (especially a Lamy) because the topic has been beaten to death so much on the forum.

    From what I'm able to gather, what happened was there were a couple of pens with feed that were damaged, the exact cause was unknown but likely a defective feed material, bad mixture of BSB and some other ink, or a combination of the two. Moral of the story is that since then, many, many people have been using the ink with no extraordinary issues (other than the ink being harder than normal to clean, which is a widely known consequence of the ink).

    Bottom line, your pens will probably be fine. If you're afraid to try any ink in any of your pens, just don't. After all, this isn't life or death stuff here, we have to keep in mind this is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby ๐Ÿ™‚

  • alice

    Nib "fit" seems to vary dramatically… I have an EF that slides on and off easily. And an M that is just a bit tight. I recently purchased an italic nib set, and was testing out the 1.1mm on my Lamy Vista. When I tried to remove it, I ended up having to pull so hard that the entire feed came out! Luckily, I was able to put it back without any harm afterwards, but even with the tape trick it was really hard to remove the nib from the feed. (And since I tried all this with the pen still inked, I came out looking like a Blue Man Group extra.) Is there anything that can be done to remedy the "tighter" nibs?

  • Of my 4 Lamy nibs (EF, 1.1, 1.5, 1.9), I can remove all of them using just my fingers. In my experience so far, the nibs have loosened up considerably after being removed a couple of times. So the more you do it the easier it will become.

  • Jenn H.

    Can I swap nibs between my CP1 and Safari? They appear to possibly have a slight size difference.
    Thanks so much!

    • Jenn H.

      And I found my own answer, thanks to another great blog post.
      Thanks for putting out so much great information!

  • DjPunchnTag

    Thank you so much for showing the tape trick. It took me a couple tries but I finally took the nib off for cleaning.