Category: Nibs

PSA: Extracting a cracked Jowo nib from your pen

PSA: Extracting a cracked Jowo nib from your pen

Jowo nibs are threaded into the the grip section of your pen. Occasionally they get stuck due to ink drying up in the threads, humidity expanding the section or any number of reasons. When this happens and you try to remove it by force it can crack.

The first thing to try is if your nib will not unscrew, pop it in the fridge for a little bit to cool the material and see if that frees it up. If not and you did crack your housing, never fear as you can still save the pen and nib/feed.

Next up is don’t try to unscrew a cracked housing using the nib and feed. You WILL break your feed. This is not meant to have rotational stress and the spine in the feed is very narrow.¬† Just don’t do it. A cracked housing will try to expand as you unscrew it and as it expands it makes the extraction problem worse.

Instead, pull the nib and feed out of the housing and find a flat blade screwdriver that is slightly larger than the opening in the housing. Since it’s cracked anyway we’re just worried about salvaging the pen so don’t worry if you scrape up the inside of the housing. Just don’t force the issue and end up cracking the grip.

Watch the video below for what works for me.

A Note About our Nibs and Supplier

A Note About our Nibs and Supplier

One of the most common questions about custom pens is “what nib do you use”. The standard answer is that I use Jowo brand nibs primarily. While this is not the only nib brand offered, it is the staple nib for many reasons. It’s widely chosen by many custom makers and is compatible with nibs you may already own. They are easily user interchangeable, easy to clean and overall write consistently well.

However going a step further, the primary supplier of our Jowo nibs is out of Spain. While I can order nibs from state side suppliers for quick needs, I find that the nibs received from FPNibs are better tuned directly out of the box, flow well and are generally more consistent. The bonus is that FPNibs offers a HUGE variation in color, plating and even custom grinds at a terrific price point. The only downside is that it can take 3 weeks to receive orders due to lags in international shipping.

If you’re thinking about having a custom pen made and are unsure of your nib selection, take a browse at the website and see what fits your desires.¬†

One of the new offerings from FP Nibs is a flex modification offered on the gold nibs. Matt Armstrong recently did a review of these nibs on The Pen Habit podcast.