(There is risk in doing any repair. We will not be held liable for what happens to your pen if you break it while trying the following advice.)
Lamy Safari and AL-Star pens are among the most popular pens on the market today. Bright, modern, affordable and made to work well under the most trying conditions, what is not to love? Many people’s favorite feature is that the nib is easily changed.
The genius German engineers and designers behind this pen put the nib on a pressure-fit track system for easy assembly and repair.
How easy is it? The only tool you need is a piece of tape. Go ahead. Get your tape, and I’ll teach you how it is done.
First, it helps if your pen is empty and dry.
Next, gently grip the section (writing grip) of your pen and place your index finger gently on the plastic inkfeed under the nib to brace it.
With the top of the nib facing you, place a piece of tape on the entire nib. Be careful as the plastic inkfeed under the nib is easily broken if you are not careful, and those are much more difficult to replace, as Lamy doesn’t give out those parts.
Put your other index finger on top of the tape and nib. Using your thumb, grip the ball of the nib from underneath it.
Pull, gently and straight out, on the tape and nib tipping. The nib should slide right off the inkfeed.
Turn the pen over, with the bottom of the inkfeed facing you. Turn your replacement nib upside down and align the little runners with the tracks of the inkfeed.
Slide it into place until it stops. Turn it over again to see the top of the nib. There should only be about a millimeter or so of inkfeed visible.
Voila! You have successfully changed the nib. Congratulations!