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GBM How-To Series #13 : Tablet PC Pen Nib Replacement



Just in case you were wondering, the nib is that plastic or felt insert at the end of your tablet PC pen that comes in contact with the screen. Depending on how frequently you use your tablet to ink, you may be due for a replacement. Today’s 2-step how-to will show you how to replace that worn out or broken nib and restore your handwriting and inking experience to like new condition.

GBM How-To Series #13 : Tablet PC Pen Nib Replacement

Replacing the nib in your tablet PC pen is pretty easy. Perhaps the hardest part is finding the removal tool and replacement nibs that came with your tablet.

Step 1: Removal of the old nib.

For this step you will need the nib removal tool that came with your tablet. They generally look like a chrome ring about the size of a dime and about 1/4″ thick that has been split to form a clamshell. Notice that there is a cutout on one side of the clamshell, and a single “tooth” on the other side. Let me correct myself on something. Finding the removal tool and nibs is not the hard part; for me, holding onto the blasted things is. Remove the old nib by sliding the removal tool over the end on the nib. Kinda reminds me of playing PacMan, but not as fun. Then firmly grasp the old nib with the tool and gently pull it out of the pen. If your nib is the hard plastic type you might find the tool slipping as you pull. Apply just a bit more pressure as if you were trying to clip it with the tool. Remember not to squeeze to hard. You don’t want to break it. Once the nib is removed, you are ready to replace it with a fresh one.


Step 2 : Replacing the nib.



If you can hold onto the new nib, replacing it is easy. I seem to be always dropping them and they fall into the couch, or under the desk. Simply slide the new one into the pen with gentle pressure. Once you fell a bit of resistance, it’s time to stop. Most pens have a spring like feel in them to allow for pressure sensitivity. Be sure not to push the nib to hard into the pen. That’s all there is to it.




Tips and Notes:

  • If you cannot find your removal tool, use a pair of needle nose pliers or nail clippers. Be careful NOT to break or clip the end of the nib off. You would have a tough time getting that little thing out of the end of your pen if you do.
  • Different nib types (plastic vs felt types) will change the feel of your inking experience.
  • If your nib is damaged, it could scratch your tablet. Replace it with a new one.
  • Put your nibs and removal tool in a place you will remember. Do as I say, not as I do!
  • If you are looking to upgrade your tablet PC pen, check out these.

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