Today I want to talk about a procedure I discovered from FPN on how to swap nibs on a Parker Vector.
Parker vector has an infamous reputation for being a cheap, ubiquitous workhorse which is not held in very high regard by the seasoned pen enthusiast. People have various reasons for disliking it; its a cheap pen, its not comfortable to hold, its got no “pizzazz”. It is however, a very practical pen and it does write quite smoothly; an ideal pen for students.
The vector and a sheaffer targa is what put me through all of high school and I always had an affinity towards the vector.
The nib on the vector is seemingly interchangeable with a variety of other models, Parker 88, Parker Urban, Parker IM, and maybe many others.
For whatever reason one might experience the urge to interchange the nib from their favorite pen to a pen body that is more comfortable to hold (as happened with me). I wanted to swap the broad nib from a Vector, a beautifully smooth writer with the slightest hint of line variation, onto a Parker Urban which has a bit more heft and contour, and is therefore more comfortable to hold.
I will go ahead and paste an illustration here, diagrams tend speak a lot better than long descriptions.
It requires a bit of courage to try this the first time, but if you’re like me and you love to tinker with your nibs and pens, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Especially with pens that are cheaply available, its okay to venture out on more dangerous expeditions. You’ve got little to loose if you totally wreck the pen.