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Old 12-18-2017, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Standard Fountain Pen Nib Kits

So i have been selling at shows and have sold many of the PSI based fountain pens knowing they are difficult to replace the nib as they are non standard sizes, and this is disclosed to the customer of course.

I was looking to delve further down the rabbit hole of fountain pens and show better for useful pens that fit the fountain pens users need better.

Im looking for inexpensive kits $10-15 per kit, that use standard size #5 or #6 nibs to allow for better customer satisfaction and allow me to advise them or provide a better nib to start.

Any help would be great.

*I have read that you can upgraded get sections for the Jr. Gent II but they may not take the standard nibs to start.
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I was hoping someone would have some answers on this, are some of the other sources (Berea, for instance) a better place to find kits with replaceable nibs?)
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Beaufort Ink - Phil sells Bock #5 nibs with feed that thread into many of the kits. Reach out to him - he's a very helpful man.
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I am going to subscribe to this thread because I am interested in subject but not experienced .
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I agree about Beaufort ink. They have great kits and they do sell kit compatible bock nibs for their pens. The price is the only thing. The question was 10-15 dollar kits. The kits are over 20 usd and then you will need to add the cost of the nib. You are probably looking at 35-40 dollar cost. Great setup but you will pay for it.

I would also recommend any dayacom fountain pen kits with a number 6 nib. Dayacom uses jowo nibs wich are very well known. These kits run from 15+. You can order nibs from fpnibs.com and they have all kinds of finished. But you are looking at $10 for the additional nib. You will have to remember to add that cost to your sale. But once you start customizing fountain pens for customers you are going to need to know how to tune the nibs and trouble shoot simple issues that they might have. I would recommend first making yourself one of the pens and learning as much as you can about them.

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Iím going to be looking in to this as well.


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A lot of the newer kits are a #6 these days. Craft Supply USA has few selections for #5 and #6 nibs and Goulet Pens has a range of #6 for nib size and finish. Ernie over at Beartooth Woods has a lot of different nib section compatible with current kits so you can make a roller ball into a fountain pen. There are some other sites that escape me at the moment. Will post when I remember them.

https://www.gouletpens.com/replacement-nibs/c/294

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/search?term=nib

Bear Tooth Woods - Refills / Nibs / Ink Pumps

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For #5 nibs, I like Vail (Bear Tooth Woods) and Jr Gent II (CS USA) because I know I can upgrade them with Bock nibs sold by Beaufort Inks, from steel to 18 K gold, and most important in several sizes. You only have to unscrew the section with original IPG, and screw the Bock in place.
I think a lot of other kits fit, check on B I site.

For #6 nibs, I once made a few Blingless Harvest from Timberbits. A bit harder to change nibs though.

My experience is that 4 Bock nibs out of 5 need tuning off the box, at least adjusting tines. As Jontello just said, upgrading is a learning.
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For #5 nibs, I like Vail (Bear Tooth Woods) and Jr Gent II (CS USA) because I know I can upgrade them with Bock nibs sold by Beaufort Inks, from steel to 18 K gold, and most important in several sizes. You only have to unscrew the section with original IPG, and screw the Bock in place.
I think a lot of other kits fit, check on B I site.

For #6 nibs, I once made a few Blingless Harvest from Timberbits. A bit harder to change nibs though.

My experience is that 4 Bock nibs out of 5 need tuning off the box, at least adjusting tines. As Jontello just said, upgrading is a learning.


Iíve had similar experience having to Tune the Bock nibs. Very smooth when done. Iíve had better luck with JOWO out of the box. Very similar results once tuned. The #5 Bock feed leads to longer front section than the JOWO too.


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With a bit of effort I think most low end nibs can be tuned to write pretty darn good. You expect more from a higher end kit/component because you pay more. Qualty inspection and tuning is better on the higher end stuff. The lower end - yup there's a nib. I've had $100+ fountain pens write terrible until tuned up and a kit pen from a PITH write beautiful out of the package.
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