June 24, 2014
I'm using this holder with tachikawa t77 nibs, that go into the smallest part of
the holder. One of the best qualities of the holder is how tightly it grips the
nib, but the worst part is its direct counterpart: the difficulty of taking out
the nib without destroying it. I've tried it with pliers gently, but even if you
don't damage the nib, the problem is that you're really squeezing the nib around
the pin in the holder, which makes it harder to pull out. I do the following:
take the back of a small (say #1 or #2) brush, and gently push it into the round
opening of the nib, so that it is slightly pushed open at the seam on the
bottom. Push it open far enough, and hold the nib and the brush end together.
The nib's grip around the steel pin will weaken, and you can now wiggle out the
nib. This won't damage the nib, if the metal is anywhere near decent, and you
can change nibs without too much sweating and cursing.
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