Safely Replacing A Lamy Feed

While the feeds of Lamy fountain pens aren’t made to be removed as a regular part of their operation, it is possible to accidentally pull one out when swapping your nib. If you put the feed back in incorrectly, you can jam it in and make it nearly impossible to remove without damaging it. I made this video to help you safely replace your feed in your pen in case you should find yourself in this situation. I hope it helps!

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Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:37:35+00:00 April 19th, 2013|Tips & Tricks|45 Comments
  • Mary

    Thank you so much! Really excellent vid. The feed section hasn’t come out on me, but I am so glad to know what to do if it ever does. (I swap nibs a lot.) Love Lamy pens. Love learning about them. Thank you, thank you.

    • You’re very welcome! If your feed hasn’t popped out on its own yet then it likely won’t for a while, but it’s good to have this info on hand anyway 😉

  • Glenn J

    I really needed to watch this before I cleaned my CP1 for the first time. Taking the nib out the first time was easy enough, getting it out after it had jammed was… yeah… not good. I was lucky – it came out eventually and it survived.

    Thanks Brian – this video will certainly save some Lamy users out there!

    • You were lucky! I was barely able to salvage the feed from the first (and only) time I put my feed back in the wrong way….I remember it went it really easy, to a point…then jammed up so hard I needed pliers to remove it. I ended up marring the feed so it was kind of ugly and even cracked it a little bit, but it was still functional and the pen is still in use.

  • Glenn J

    I really needed to watch this before I cleaned my CP1 for the first time. Taking the nib out the first time was easy enough, getting it out after it had jammed was… yeah… not good. I was lucky – it came out eventually and it survived.

    Thanks Brian – this video will certainly save some Lamy users out there!

  • David H

    They aren’t made to be removed? I usually remove them when I’m flushing my safaris, as it take forever to get out the residual ink if you don’t.

    • Technically they are removable, but most of the time they’re in there tight enough that it’s not easy to remove. I’ve found that Vistas feeds are usually easier to remove than anything else, but not all Lamy’s pens have the feeds so easily removable.

  • They aren't made to be removed? I usually remove them when I'm flushing my safaris, as it take forever to get out the residual ink if you don't.

  • Man, I can’t get the feed out of any of my Lamy pens. I’d really like to, but they’re wedged in good, and there isn’t much to grab on to.

    • Exactly, most of them are in there pretty good.

  • Man, I can't get the feed out of any of my Lamy pens. I'd really like to, but they're wedged in good, and there isn't much to grab on to.

  • Flounder

    So all I need to do is sand down the feed’s bottom key to rotate the nib to a less daft grip in my Vista! Excellent! This was a great time saver, thanks a lot.

    • hmmm….while I can’t say I’ve heard of anyone doing that before, I’d love to hear how it goes for you! You’re obviously voiding any warranty by doing that, as you can probably guess…

  • Flounder

    So all I need to do is sand down the feed's bottom key to rotate the nib to a less daft grip in my Vista! Excellent! This was a great time saver, thanks a lot.

  • KHS

    If you bother to take the feed out of your lamy, you might consider servicing the feed by flossing the fins and delicately cleaning the channels with a .002 brass shim. It restores the pen to “like new” performance.

    • That’s not a bad idea, if you’ve been using the pen for a while.

  • KHS

    If you bother to take the feed out of your lamy, you might consider servicing the feed by flossing the fins and delicately cleaning the channels with a .002 brass shim. It restores the pen to "like new" performance.

  • You're very welcome! If your feed hasn't popped out on its own yet then it likely won't for a while, but it's good to have this info on hand anyway 😉

  • You were lucky! I was barely able to salvage the feed from the first (and only) time I put my feed back in the wrong way….I remember it went it really easy, to a point…then jammed up so hard I needed pliers to remove it. I ended up marring the feed so it was kind of ugly and even cracked it a little bit, but it was still functional and the pen is still in use.

  • Technically they are removable, but most of the time they're in there tight enough that it's not easy to remove. I've found that Vistas feeds are usually easier to remove than anything else, but not all Lamy's pens have the feeds so easily removable.

  • Exactly, most of them are in there pretty good.

  • hmmm….while I can't say I've heard of anyone doing that before, I'd love to hear how it goes for you! You're obviously voiding any warranty by doing that, as you can probably guess…

  • That's not a bad idea, if you've been using the pen for a while.

  • Sloppy Joe

    I have never seen a feed outside the grip section, could you press it out from the back using a small brass tube to protect the nipple?

    • hillarryous

      My thoughts exactly. I could never remove the feeds completely from my Safari/Vista/Al-Stars until I just gave up pulling them from the front and just used a dowel from the back. Works wonderfully with no damage to the feed.

  • Sloppy Joe

    I have never seen a feed outside the grip section, could you press it out from the back using a small brass tube to protect the nipple?

  • Lawrence Chiou

    My thoughts exactly. I could never remove the feeds completely from my Safari/Vista/Al-Stars until I just gave up pulling them from the front and just used a dowel from the back. Works wonderfully with no damage to the feed.

  • Windi

    How do you remove those feeds so easily? I’d love to learn how to do that (though I understand that it’s a very risky thing to do…).

  • Windi

    How do you remove those feeds so easily? I'd love to learn how to do that (though I understand that it's a very risky thing to do…).

  • crabbyapple

    What would you use to clean the feed? I was using a green ink and noticed that the feed was a little discolored.

  • crabbyapple

    What would you use to clean the feed? I was using a green ink and noticed that the feed was a little discolored.

  • Andy

    Just in case you damage the feed, which is fairly easy to do since it’s pretty soft plastic, a replacement can be had for around $4 (Canadian, March 2015). To help your grip, make sure everything is dry and wear a rubber dishwashing glove. Don’t use pliers.

    • Josh Solar

      Where would you buy a feed from? Do you happen to have a link?

  • Andy

    Just in case you damage the feed, which is fairly easy to do since it's pretty soft plastic, a replacement can be had for around $4 (Canadian, March 2015). To help your grip, make sure everything is dry and wear a rubber dishwashing glove. Don't use pliers.

  • Josh Solar

    Where would you buy a feed from? Do you happen to have a link?

  • Arrael

    I did it! I jammed it! Aaand got it out safely! I used a metal rod from a comb, to push the feed up from the other side. That metal rod fit perfectly, put a little force to it and then, it popped out with out damage. I’ve been searching online for a fix since last night when I jammed it. Thought my Vista was gone, but now I think it is magic. Anyway, I know it is not an expensive pen but I love it!

  • Arrael

    I did it! I jammed it! Aaand got it out safely! I used a metal rod from a comb, to push the feed up from the other side. That metal rod fit perfectly, put a little force to it and then, it popped out with out damage. I've been searching online for a fix since last night when I jammed it. Thought my Vista was gone, but now I think it is magic. Anyway, I know it is not an expensive pen but I love it!

  • I so could've use this video about 30 minutes ago. My new Vista was writing very dry and skipping, thought it might be clogged so remove the nib. The feed slid out With the nib but jammed while replacing it … And sadly broke :(. Can feeds be purchased/replaced ?

  • Ian Sterling

    From time to time, I’ll remove the feeds in most of my Safaris for cleaning. Sadly it seems that this particular Monday has cursed me, and I’ve finally managed to jam one in after a cleaning, even though I was being careful. I got it removed, but it broke in the process – into three pieces, no less! I wish they’d sell replacement feeds like they do nibs, but I can’t seem to find them online. *sobs* At least it’s not an expensive pen.

    Take Brian’s advice here and go easy with these suckers.

  • Kim

    I accidentally jammed my feed!! I didn’t know that was a thing and kept pushing it in. I came across this video as I was trying to figure out what happened and how I could remove the feed! I was able to safely remove the jammed feed by heat setting it. It came out!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the video, I was able to correctly put it back and the pen still works! 🙂

  • Leonard Ashcroft

    This just happened to me today. Feed is ruined. Pretty sure I’m going to just throw the pen away and avoid Lamy in the future. Poor design imo.

  • AdenosinePush

    Really excellent video Brian, thank you very much! So…you know I noticed my Al-Star is starting to write really, REALLY wet, way too wet for a fine nib and stuff is bleeding together. Used to be fine, do you know of any way to adjust it to make it drier? The nib seems to write like it should when I dip it and I took the feed out to have a look and there wasn’t anything obviously wrong (although I don’t know exactly what they should look like…any ideas?

  • linda roller

    I cleaned my Lamy Fx., after I took the nib out, the feed came out. I have hardly used this pen I was putting the feed back in & it got stuck near the top,it was almost all the way in. Now the feed broke off. Will Lamy repair this? I watched the video, before FX Thanks

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hi, Linda. I’m so sorry about that. Unfortunately, our LAMY distributor doesn’t keep spare replacement feeds on hand, so there isn’t an easy fix for this. I’m sorry. 🙁

      • linda roller

        Thank you for the reply in regards to my Lamy Fx.