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Vintage decoband gold seal nib swap



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How hard is it to swap/remove nibs on vintage oversize decoband gold seal pens? I have a flex nib on one body that I’d love to pull out and put in a different body.  Just not sure if I can do it myself or if I need to send to a professional.

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This is kind of a top-of-the-head response: I believe you will need to (carefully) remove the section and then knock out the nib and feed from the back. You might be able to wiggle out the nib from the front, but you might not be able to get the new nib back in. These are friction-fit, so it seems to work best, when inserting a new nib, to put in the nib and feed at the same time, and the safe way to get the feed out is from the back. 

 

So to do it yourself, you would need a heat gun to apply dry heat to the section threads (again, very carefully), at least a couple of grippy cloths or possibly a pair of section pliers of some type to remove the section, and then a knockout block and something to use to push out the nib and feed. All these are readily available if you don't have them, but if this is going to be a one-time swap you would probably be better off financially just sending the two pens out. Also if you don't have experience doing this sort of thing, sending them out is also probably safer. Be prepared that it may take weeks for the back and forth, though, unless you are lucky enough to have a local person who can do it. 

 

Also photos of your pen are always nice in these threads, even if they don't change the answer. These are some of my favorite pens, although fortunately I have not so far had to take any of them apart. 

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I broke a feed doing that, and it was not easy to find a replacement.

 

I would definitely have a professional doing it.

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I encourage people that damage Hard Rubber parts to communicate with those who make pens in this forum.  Now if it is some long-discontinued celluloid part that is broken, that is another matter. 

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