I have that little black and white wacom tablet you can get off amazon, for perhaps three years now. I haven't had to change the nib whatsoever--but then again I never actually check the thing frequently. It's not a stump yet, but it does have a slanted tilt to it from me having a favorite side I guess. I use my tablet pretty frequently.
Are the people that wear down nibs so quickly the same people who break traditional pencil points pressing down on the paper??? My little $62, 3 year old wacom has been pretty solid.
They vary of course depending on how much you use them, the surface of your tablet and the material that the nibs are made of.
Most nibs are made from nylon which can usually take anywhere from one year to two years worth of hard core use and abuse - unless you are talking about the nib of a capacitive stylus which could in theory outlast the switches that underlie the nib.
If desperate for nylon replacements, and can't find a supplier of the nibs that you use, then if worse comes to worse, then a known hack is to use fishing line (just make sure it is a soft plastic and fine sand the surface of the nib before using it on your tablet).
I've had only replaced one nib and it was a Genius brand, it lasted like 4 years but then I got a couple of different wacom ones and never needed to replace any of them, I don't think I press that hard, I tend to paint lightly.
it depends on the amount of friction and rub your pen has against the surface of the tablet. the mroe grittier the tablet surface, the more likely it is to get warn down. ALSO how hard you press on it. I do not press hard when i draw, barely hold the pen in my hands in fact, and have all of my pressure settings very high. so often, my nibs do not get much, if any damage.
I've had a wacom bamboo for 8 years and it's nib is still working, kind of worn along with the tablet itself, but still working.
On the other hand, i've had a huion kamvas 20 for over 2 years, and there's not an ounce of wear on the pen. the screen is smooth with very little friction.
of course, most tablet companies also give you plenty of extra nibs, so it's usually not much to worry on. I actually have an entire box that was never used from my last pen set XD
I've had 2 tablets, both from wacom, which have lasted me for about 7 years each so far. I've never actually replaced my nibs
(yes with regular use)
It's a hard plastic one though so there is that to consider. After those 7 years the first tablets nib was getting worn to a problematicly short state and for my second one it's currently flat but still all around fine to use. 7 years seems to be about the amount of time they last for me.
Depends on the tip itself. The grainer is it, the shorter the life it has. Wacom regular black tips do last months, the felt nib (my favorite) does make your Wacom feel like drawing on actual paper, but they last no more than week at best.
I still have my 1st one ... from 2016. It depends how you use your pen and strength of grip. I have needed to pull it out a few times. But not replace it. I have box of nibs that came with pen, but they all still there safe and sound.
I am still working on an old wacom intuos3 (for 13years!!) and i had to change the nib ever 2-3 years. But i had to change (buy) the surface of the tablet almost every year untill i started to tape some paper on top
If you have problems with your nibs wearing out try to change your settings so you can press more lightly and still make big lines, I have a wacom at the moment, I don't know what tablet you have, If it's also wacom then I can help you with changing your settings.
Depends on the tablet. Rough surface like a wacom - anything from a few hours to a couple days. A tablet with a screen protector. Literally forever or at least a few years. I've had my tablet, an old wacom bought new for five years. I have 4 nibs, one in the pen with three spare. I have changed the nib once in all that time with regular use.
Still on the same changed nib for what? Two to three years now, but I use a screen protector for mine and when not in use. My tablet sits inside a thick padded cover used for tablets/laptops. So even the screencover surface never gets scratched except by my pen.
Yup, after they changed the surface to have the roughness of paper BEFORE the new versions came out. I'm talking the old ones like 2013 era tablets that aren't produced anymore. Mine's one of those. A lot of folks over the years have reported increased nib wear after that change.
I think the newer versions of the tablets are rough too. Not sure but anything bought in the last 4 years likely is the newer version of the wacom tablets.
I have, but it was a few years ago now when I read about issue on DA and online. It was one of the reasons why I was leery about getting a wacom tablet. I spent a few days to weeks googling the issue and read about it. But it was unclear how long a pen nibs lasts in relation to surface roughness, hours of use daily and weekly, along with the 'heavy-handedness' of said artist when using the pen pressure feature. All I know is that the wacom pros and intuos got rougher, and pen nibs by various folks were reported as having increased wear. Some yes from a few months, to weeks to days. Hours might be pushing it unless they were grating it across the surface of the tablet with regularity. If your's lasted ages, that likely means you have a 'lighter' touch than I do. I tend to scratch like a baboon swiping a stick in the dirt, so I use a screen protector. It's covered in scratches like knife knicks, so it's saved by tablet and nibs. Or I'd be replacing them way more often, maybe every few weeks instead of months. I haven't checked the issue for newer tablets though and my googling was like around 2010/2012, since I bought mine in 2013. So it's fairly old now. I have no idea if Wacom has improved their nibs since then as I haven't yet replaced mine.
Also it wasn't clear from anything I found that I think about now on what kind of nibs were showing the 'increased wear'. So I'm not sure if that was using standard nibs or things like the felt, stroke etc.
After further reading, might be increased nib wear on brand new tablets where the surface is very rough until it's worn down over time. Don't know how true that is. I wouldn't want to try either. I can't 'buy' nibs as readily as most can as I don't purchase online. And where I live nibs can't be bought instore, thus the screen protector too.
That's excellent news. Thanks for sharing it's reassuring to know that the nibs are lasting longer than a couple days. I've been worried about upgrading my old wacom to a newer version. I almost did at the end of last year, before this year's craziness came out. I haven't yet, but I'll keep an eye out on the nib wear.
If it's not as big an issue this time around.
I'd consider getting a newer wacom, hopefully a pro if the price comes down again.
I'm glad Wacom started producing one more affordable, the size is good too. I prefer that size ratio over the smaller intuos or pro editions. Which means the active area on the Cintiq 16 inch should be fairly good too.
How is it to use though?
I've only ever had a non-screen tablet. But the screened ones are something I'd definitely look into in the future too.
Mostly depends on how hard you tend to press your stylus. I've heard some can wear them out in 2 months with heavy use, I tend to press mine semi-lightly and haven't really needed to change the nibs in a couple of years