Tips for Wacom Bamboo Users

When I first bought my Wacom bamboo tablet, the first thing that concerned me was the nibs for the pen. I liked the thickness and the size of them as i felt it gave me more precise control but there were a few issues. Firstly the hard plastic scraped the tablet. It was probably to do with the weight I was applying on the pen. Secondly, the nibs weren’t lasting. I went through my first one in under a month with the frequency I used my tablet. I didn’t want to keep buying new nibs as they are quite expensive so I came up with a solution. I found some trimmer nylon wire (similar to this) which was the same thickness as the nibs. All i did after that was cut the wire to the correct size and insert where the nib would normally be. I sanded down the rough edges afterwards and that was it. It works with the same precision as the bamboo nibs except this has lasted me TEN MONTHS. I’ve never had to replace it. It is also extremely smooth on the tablet and doesn’t damage it in any way. So the next time you go to buy new nibs consider using this method instead and save yourself a bunch of money! wacom

5 thoughts on “Tips for Wacom Bamboo Users

  1. This is fantastic. I had no idea the nibs even wore down, which made me look at my own and realize how tiny it is from me using it!

  2. Hi! There are several people who recomend this option too, but I am not sure, isn’t the wire too flexible? I mean, the wacom ones seem a bit stiff.However,I think I will search this material on my local stores to see it personally.I want to have some extra-nibs because I am running out of them,though I do not need them right now.Sorry for my bad english,is not my language n_n’ and thank you for your time.Also, great blog!

    • Hi there, thanks for stopping by! The wire isn’t really extremely flexible, seeing as you are only using a very short piece – however it not as stiff as the Wacom nibs, and does have a slight bit of give which I find preferable. Hope this helps you :)

  3. Thank you a lot! This morning I got some wire,but its measure was 2mm for diameter.I thought I could sand it to fit,but it’s boring,really… haha.Maybe in the future I get some smaller.Like 1.6mm or so. Again,thank you :)

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