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Friday, April 19, 2013

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!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

19 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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 ;)

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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

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  10. 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...

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

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  12. 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?

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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...).

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

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  16. 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.

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

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  18. 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!

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  19. 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 ?

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