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Can I change the nibs of my fountain pen?

May 05, 2022 2 min read

Can I change the nibs of my fountain pen?

The fountain pen nib is one of the most important parts of the fountain pen. Different nibs offer a wide variety of sizes, so the question that often accompanies the collector is, Is it possible to change the nibs of my fountain pen?

One fountain pen, multiple sizes.

The short answer is, yes. However, it is not as simple as that. Each nib is a masterpiece which takes an admirable work and therefore is very delicate, and although it is possible to change the nibs, it all depends on the brand and the model you have.

Montblanc Meisterstuck 149

Montblanc Meisterstück 149 flexible nib detail

Not all nibs work the same, that is why it is extremely important to know the model of the nib, and even if two nibs have the same mechanism, this does not mean that the nibs are compatible.

The most common system for changing nibs is the screw system. ViscontiEsterbrook and Pelikan nibs generally have this mechanism. The screw system implies that the nib and its feeder are detached from the body by twisting it. In these cases changing the nib is very easy and quick, and can almost certainly be done by you at home.

Visconti Homo Sapiens Basaltic Lava

Visconti Homo Sapiens Basaltic Lava mecanism

How to change the nib of a Visconti

Other pens require the nib to be detached from the feeder in order to change the nib. It is important to keep in mind that the feeder is an extremely delicate part, usually made of ebonite or plastic, so they are not resistant to force and can break relatively easily. Since each pen has its own system, we do not recommend you to carry out these changes at home, without having previously made sure how to change the nib of your fountain pen.

Twsbi VAC 700R Iris

Twsbi VAC 700R Iris nib detail

Changing the nib of your fountain pen is possible, but we always recommend contacting a professional to make sure you do not damage your precious piece.

If you require more information or if you would like to place an order, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our store in Madrid, at Nuñez de Balboa 90.
We will be pleased to help you.

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