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Monday, March 19, 2012

TWSBI Nib Swapping



Here's a pretty straightforward video on how to do the following for a TWSBI nib:
  • Swap out the whole nib unit/grip section for different nib sizes
  • Swap out the nib unit within the grip section for pens that have colored grip sections
  • Replace inner cap liner for newer TWSBI nibs (especially stubs) that are slightly wider than the original nibs on older (pre-February 2012ish 540's and all 530's)
  • Use the black body cap (comes with each separate nib unit purchased) to cover inked up TWSBI pen bodies during nib swaps
Hopefully this is helpful to you! The process is very simple, and you'll have a much clearer understanding of how it's done once you see the video. No special tools are required. Post any questions/comments below!


20 comments:

  1. As just a note, in my experience I have found the new TWSBI nib/feeds (the Bock ones) to fit very loosely in the colored grip section just like Brian demonstrated in this video.  However, the old, original run nibs and feeds sit inside the grip section much much tighter.  Just be aware of the difference if you are used to one or the other.  The first time I bought a replacement Bock nib I lost it down the drain because I didn't expect it to pop out so quickly!

    (I know, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!)

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  2. Brian, videos like this are so helpful, especially to folks who don't have a fellow fountain pen fanaticon hand to show them how to manage the fiddly stuff. Thank you!

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  3. Ack! "fanatic on hand".

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  4. Excellent video.  I did this sort of change last month with my new nib section as well as replacing the grips several times due to cracking.  I never said Gosh Darned though like you did in the video! ;)

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  5. I believe there are still slots in the section and tabs on the nib unit that need to be lined up or else it can crack the section. If there aren't on brand new pens, there most definitely are on 530s. Everyone please be careful of that. 

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  6. I noticed that too...especially in the video where I fumbled with the nib ;) I don't know for 100% sure, but I am willing to bet that the looser fit is part of an effort on TWSBI's part to minimize past issues with the grip section cracking. I've heard of fewer issues with this since the change to Bock nibs. 

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  7. Thanks! I'm glad you like the vid, though it sounds like you already knew what you were doing ;) Yeah, I say things like gosh darned....I have a two year old son who repeats anything I say, I have to be careful!

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  8. Thanks for pointing that out! I don't think it's as much of an issue with the newer nibs like what I had in this video, but it is important to point out that the older nibs do have this. Thanks for picking up my slack :) 

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  9. I've been waiting for this video for awhile. Now I can buy a colored TWSBI and get the 1.1mm nib to go into it properly.

    Now do a video on how to actually make an Ahab pen write reliably!

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  10. Thanks a lot. Now my TWSBI is working properly with the 1.1 nib. 

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  11. Nice :) As for the Ahab, that's a whole other project ;) 

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  12. Stock Ahab feeds and nibs separately. I've been hacking on my Ahab purchased from you for awhile now using multiple recommendations from the FPN. It's still not working. Why can't we get new Ahab feeds (especially) and nibs if we screw it up the first time? I thought the Ahab is supposed to be a user "hackable" pen. NOT - if I have to buy a new Ahab every time I try! Hope Nathan reads this post...David

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  13. Shoot us an email about your Ahab if you haven't already. I agree, spare Ahab nibs and feeds would be nice, it's something we're trying to get Nathan to offer. 

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  14. Videos like this are why the Goulet Pen Co. rocks. Practical, hands-on stuff. I have a new 540 clear demonstrator with the 1.1 mm stub. It is great, and I'm not planning to swap out any nibs soon, but it's nice to know how things fit together. Keep up the good work, Brian and Rachel. 

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  15. Thanks! I'm glad to help. A video like this just needed to be made. I'm glad to do it, as something like this is nearly impossible to explain over email! ;) 

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  16. Does the new cap insert also keep the narrower nibs from drying out? Or
    do you have to swap out the cap insert each time you switch from a
    fine/medium/broad to a stub?

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  17. You should be able to keep the new insert in there. The main reason for it is that it accommodates the wider wings of the new nibs, it should mate up to the grip section and seal just the same.

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  18. That's great! I want to get a 1.1mm stub.

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  19. I wish we had some! They were always in short supply, and I have no eta for them in the future. TWSBI is a little tough like that, you might be able to find some on their site: http://www.twsbi.com/product.php?id_product=32

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