Can you use nylon weedeater cord to make replacement nibs for wacom pens?

I was getting ready to order replacement nibs for my wacom bamboo tablet pen and just got curious about making my own. I did experiment with a toothpick, but was afraid it would damage the surface of the tablet. It did work somewhat, but i had to use the side buttons for click as tapping didn't work properly.
 Would there be any reason *not* to make my own?


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lemonie7 years ago
Nibs can be replaced easily, they're designed for it. If you made your own there's a risk you might damage the tablet. That would be a reason not to make your own, but I guess they aren't cheap?

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That's an extremely biased if not partisan, brand directed answer for a Best Answer. Wacom is absolutely at fault with their price range. In any way a self made plastic nib can deteriorate either an Intuos, bamboo or Cintiq tablet. Wacom nibs wears off in about a month of heavy use, self made nibs take 5 or 6 months.

We use this trick for years on all tablets, we even give away or sell our own nibs. We also make super great wood nibs from toothpicks.

Everything is better than Wacoms' nibs and there is no possibility of damaging a tablet. I am extremely surprised and a bit angry at your answer to say the truth. Why do you say that, what tests did you make, did you ever buy replacement nibs from Wacom, which ones, did you find the price OK, how much are you using a tablet?

I tried this a few minutes ago. I bought the weed eater cord, cut it to the right length, sanded the ends smooth, installed it into my Intuos pro pen, and started to use it. It worked. HOWEVER, it did not allow me to "tap-click" on buttons. When I use the Wacom nib it allows me to click and hold on the slider-bar for example, but when I switch to the weed cutter line (nylon?) it does not work for clicking. It moves the mouse around but does not click. I'm wondering if there is something in the nib that conducts electricity or something. I don't know why it doesn't work. I would love to hear an explanation of this from someone.

V3D MichaelG5981 month ago

The trimmer line is .065 in diameter while the Wacom nibs are .060. That .005 makes the homemade nibs too big to slide freely and they get stuck. I'm using a Bamboo model CTH-460.

ratkinson25 years ago
If anyone succeeds in finding an answer to this then please do post. It is not only wacom tablets that people need to replace nibs for. I have to replace the nib for my digitiser for an HP laptop and it is absolutely impossible. Even HP does not know where to purchase them. I don't know what the point is of having replaceable parts that simply drop out if you are not also going to have some method of supplying replacements. I have discovered a match is the exact thickness necessary to fit in the end but unfortunately does not work. Tried to make the match conductive with solder and with foil but no success. I would have just bought a nib but no one will sell them. The best I can hope for is buying a replacement digitiser for £80 or so. Ridiculous when all I need is a piece of plastic 2cm long.

That product is perfect for wacom nibs https://www.amazon.fr/Strimmer-Trimmer-Cutting-1-65mm-Thickness/dp/B002ANC3FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460641873&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=electric+trimmer+line+1%2C65

I tried this a few minutes ago. I bought the weed eater cord, cut it to the right length, sanded the ends smooth, installed it into my Intuos pro pen, and started to use it. It worked. HOWEVER, it did not allow me to "tap-click" on buttons. When I use the Wacom nib it allows me to click and hold on the slider-bar for example, but when I switch to the weed cutter line (nylon?) it does not work for clicking. It moves the mouse around but does not click. I'm wondering if there is something in the nib that conducts electricity or something. I don't know why it doesn't work. I would love to hear an explanation of this from someone.

just order some, they are pretty cheap.

i tried to make some once, out of a tooth pick, bits of plastic and its hard to make something that skinny and strong enough to handle writing and drawing.

They are incredibly expensive.

That product is perfect for wacom nibs https://www.amazon.fr/Strimmer-Trimmer-Cutting-1-65mm-Thickness/dp/B002ANC3FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460641873&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=electric+trimmer+line+1%2C65

I tried this a few minutes ago. I bought the weed eater cord, cut it to the right length, sanded the ends smooth, installed it into my Intuos pro pen, and started to use it. It worked. HOWEVER, it did not allow me to "tap-click" on buttons. When I use the Wacom nib it allows me to click and hold on the slider-bar for example, but when I switch to the weed cutter line (nylon?) it does not work for clicking. It moves the mouse around but does not click. I'm wondering if there is something in the nib that conducts electricity or something. I don't know why it doesn't work. I would love to hear an explanation of this from someone.

dulciquilt (author)  thematthatter7 years ago
They are cheap, but shipping is about the same as the cost and I'm too sick to get out and look locally.
MichaelG5988 months ago

I tried this a few minutes ago. I bought the weed eater cord, cut it to the right length, sanded the ends smooth, installed it into my Intuos pro pen, and started to use it. It worked. HOWEVER, it did not allow me to "tap-click" on buttons. When I use the Wacom nib it allows me to click and hold on the slider-bar for example, but when I switch to the weed cutter line (nylon?) it does not work for clicking. It moves the mouse around but does not click. I'm wondering if there is something in the nib that conducts electricity or something. I don't know why it doesn't work. I would love to hear an explanation of this from someone.

f1dd13r6 years ago
dont know about the bamboo and I havent tried to use weed eater cable.
I have used the teeth from combs cut off to length and sanded smooth at the end,before.
My tablet is the digitizer II which is about 14 years old so I dont worry about the surface of the tablet but the plastic covering holds up pretty well in my case.
You need to make sure whatever you use is uniform width as it will affect the operation of the pen otherwise.

That product is perfect for wacom nibs https://www.amazon.fr/Strimmer-Trimmer-Cutting-1-65mm-Thickness/dp/B002ANC3FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460641873&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=electric+trimmer+line+1%2C65

PatrickKing4 years ago
While it's been awhile since anyone's posted in this thread, I did want to leave a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWnJk8KqgCs to a YouTube video where they show how to use nylon trimmer wire to make your own nibs.

Tat product is perfect for wacom nibs https://www.amazon.fr/Strimmer-Trimmer-Cutting-1-65mm-Thickness/dp/B002ANC3FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460641873&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=electric+trimmer+line+1%2C65

dulciquilt (author)  PatrickKing4 years ago
Thanks! I recently found the spare nibs that came with my newest tablet, but good to know what size line in case I need more.
ssennello4 years ago
Yes, you can. It will not hurt your tablet if you file the tip to make it round. You can actually make nibs out of toothpicks and if you make them the right way, they work wonderfully (I prefer them over normal nibs). If you want I can send you a tutorial telling you how to make them out of a toothpick.
dulciquilt (author)  ssennello4 years ago
Thanks. I found my spare nibs, so don't need to make one for awhile.