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Friday, September 21, 2012

Swapping Out Monteverde Nibs



One of the coolest things about most of the Monteverde pens is that you can swap nibs between them, and purchase nibs apart from the pens. Swapping nibs allows retailers (like me) to be able to offer pens like the Rose Gold Invincia, which would normally only come with a steel-color nib, to come with a black nib instead. This is especially cool since Monteverde has the only black 1.1mm stub that I know! The fact you can purchase nibs separately means you can just buy one pen, and get extra nibs of different sizes, to change up your writing experience without having to invest $80 or so on a whole new pen.

Lamy (all except the 2000), Edison, Pilot Vanishing Point, and TWSBI 540 fans have been enjoying this feature for a while. Originally, Monteverde didn't offer their nibs separately, but shortly after we began carrying the brand and we convinced them of the benefit of doing this, they started offering separate nibs to us. Other retailers may do this as well, but it's not something widely advertised so you may not see Monteverde nibs sold separately at most retailers.

There are several pens that fit the #6 Monteverde nibs, essentially everything except the Artista Crystal. I'm aware of a successful swab between the Invincia, Invincia Deluxe, Invincia Color Fusion, Invincia Stylus, Napa, and Regatta. There may be others as well, these are just the ones that I've handled myself and can say with certainly that they will swap.

These nibs are a little different than other nibs that swap, though, which is precisely why I wanted to make this video. It's not an extremely complicated procedure to swap the nibs, it just takes a few pointers to make sure it's done right. Once you get it down, you'll be a pro in no time. The main thing is that the nibs are only sold with the nib themselves (like Lamy), as opposed to a nib/feed unit in a house (like Edison/TWSBI). See my video on swapping Lamy nibs here, my video on swapping Edison nibs here, and my video on swapping TWSBI nibs here.

Monteverde Nib, sold simply as the nib

Edison nibs, sold as a nib/feed housing 

The fact these nibs are sold apart from their housing isn't the end of the world, it just means you need to pull the nib out of the pen, and learn to set the new nib into the house to align it with the feed. It's quite straightforward, especially in the video towards the end. If anything is unclear or you have any other questions, just post down in the comments and I'm happy to help you out :)

Pens I use in this video:



Write On,
Brian Goulet

23 comments:

  1. How about a 1.1mm nib option for the VAC700?

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  2. Why is the rose gold Invincia fountain pen on the Monteverde site shown with a two-tone (gold-tone and steel) nib, while the same pen from Goulet Pens is only available with an all steel or all black nib? I like the two-tone nib better on this particular pen.

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  3. Isn't that steel nib in the picture a stub?

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  4. Would this fit on a TWSBI 540? Then I could make a budget version of the Aurora Nera demonstrator!

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  5. Good video but mine is [apparently] very, very friction fit. I cannot get the feed and nib out of the treaded collar. Any suggestions?

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  6. They're supposed to come out with them, but it's likely not going to be for a while.

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  7. That's a good question, it's probably old stock. I've never seen a two-tone Monteverde nib, so it's probably something the discontinued a while ago and they never updated their picture.

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  8. No, unfortunately, the TWSBI nib is smaller. The VAC-700 nib should be pretty close to the Monteverde nib size, but who knows if the pen will write well with a mismatched nib/feed. It'd be interesting to try.

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  9. You could try soaking it in warm water for a bit (not too hot though) to try to loosen it up. Is it a pen you've been using for a while? It's possible that over time dried ink has gotten in there and sort of glued the nib in place. That's where the soaking will help. You can also soak it in something like JB's flush, or a homemade formula of water, dish soap, and about 10% ammonia.

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  10. If these are regular #6 nibs, they should fit the Noodler's Konrad and Ahab pens too.

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  11. Great video, so I understand the process, but I can't get the fine black nib out to replace it with the black 1.1 stub. Just won't budge. Fairly new pen so I doubt anything's dried on. Any pointers? Thanks.

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  12. They are the same size, but the feeds are different. See, a flex nib has a feed that 'bends' up towards the tip, to keep ink flowing as the nib flexes. Typical pens have feeds that 'bend' down towards the tip, as conventional nibs bend down a little bit. Worst case, you may have to heat set the ebonite feed on the Noodler's pens to fit the new nib, but that's doable.

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  13. It should come, some of them are a little stubborn but there's nothing but friction holding them in there. The black nibs are a little tougher to get out, that I know. just keep trying, but don't use any tools or anything to do it, just your fingers.

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  14. Great video, the versatility of some fountain pens is what makes them so attractive. I understand that new Conklins also have interchangeable nibs (Monteverde and Conklin are both owned by Delta).

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  15. I'm a big fan of pens with removable nibs too, that was a big reason why I wanted to carry Monteverde pens in the first place! I wish more pens did it, but I understand why most companies don't do it. Still, I like Edison, Lamy, Monteverde, TWSBI, Pilot (VP's) all because they can swap nibs.

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  16. Hello Brian,
    I have learned so much from your tutorials and I am very grateful for all of your thoughtful advice. I recently bought two Monteverde pens, both Invincia, one a deluxe and the other a new never been used plain Invincia Tartanian. The older pen has the kind of feed without the finger groove that you describe in your video and I can't seem to get it to come out of the nib/feed unit. I had hoped that I could just interchange the entire units back and forth between pens but the older pen is much smaller. My hope is that I can still interchange the nibs without the rest of the fitting, but again I can't seem to get the feed and nib out of the housing. First of all, do you think that one of the big #6 nibs will fit on the Tartanian which has a smaller silver nib now? Second, do you have any tips on pulling the nib out of the old pen. I'm hoping that I'm making sense here and not wasting space and your time. I now have a 1.1mm stub, 2 new medium black titanium nibs that the second was ordered on accident and the new smaller nib on the tartanian, so I'd like to be able to interchange them. I not long ago accidentally pulled out the feed and nib on a Lamy Al Star and bent the feed and ended up having to buy a whole new front section, so I'm a little pensive. Thanks again.

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  17. I've honestly never heard of the Invincia Tartanian, and didn't realize that it was a different nib size. If that's the case, then you will not be able to swap between it and your newer Invincia. Where did you even find the Tartanian? We've been carrying Monteverde for about 8 months now, and hadn't even heard anything of it when we were first meeting with the Monteverde national sales manager early last year...

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  18. where can i find the stub nib with feed and the housing??? (i have lost it to the drain while cleaning). can the edison nib with housing fit monteverde??

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  19. Well, I cracked the threaded collar trying to release the nib assembly. Is there a replacement available?

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  20. José Ignacio SilvaMarch 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I think that Monteverde is no longer making removable nibs, and it's starting to make nibs integrated with the housing. I bought a Prima and wanted to swap the nib for a Goulet nib, but I stopped when I started to break the whole thing

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  21. Does the tool pen also have a friction fit nib? Thinking about installing a Noodler's flex nib on mine - the original slim flex pend, rather than the Korad or Ahab.

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  22. Now that you are selling the Conklin All American, will you be selling replacement nibs for them as well? Or do the Monteverde #6 nibs work with the Conklin pens, as well?

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