This was literally my Stub of the day. I finally got around to filling my new PenBBS 355 yesterday, with Diamine Jalur Gemilang ink which I think is a perfect match for the 'Purple Cloud' acrylic, but I never intended to use it with the two-toned F nib that came fitted on account of how broad and round the tipping is. I had a handful of replacement nib units with Nemosine (EF, F, 0.6 Stub and 0.8 Stub) nibs already made up from before and sitting ready, and had used them on my PenBBS 308 and 309 pens in the past. I decided I mightn't want too fine a line, given how Diamine Jalur Gemilang both shades and sheens so well, so I thought I might give the Nemosine F nib a try. However, I didn't really like how wet and plump the lines that came out of it looked, and given I've been on a DIY nib regrinding kick lately, I went straight to working on the nib instead of trying one of the Nemosine Stub nibs with the pen.
After a not insignificant amount of time and effort, I finally got the nib to just about how I wanted it to be; its writing output is show above. Right around then, my wife told me it was time to head out to our dinner booking, and because I expected to have to write our names and contact details down for the restaurant (because of COVID-19 related regulations in place), I thought it prudent to bring a pen, and the PenBBS 355 was sitting right there...
So I capped it, got changed, and grabbed the pen from the table on my way out the door. At that point, I noticed that the cap was somehow loose instead of screwed on properly, so I tightened it being shoving it into my pocket. I encountered a dull, unexpected bit of physical resistance as I did that, which I thought was from the movement of an inner cap that needed breaking in, and didn't think any more of it until my wife and I were seated (outdoors) at the restaurant, and I fished my pen out to write our details down in the gloom.
The pen wouldn't write.
In the dim light, I could see that nib was bent, but it wasn't clear exactly how (and how badly). Damn.
I've checked the replacement nibs for headroom in the clear and translucent PenBBS 308 and 309 pens I had, but I made the stupid, inexcusable and downright embarrassing rookie mistake of not also checking the PenBBS 355 (which isn't quite that see-through) and just assumed it'd fit.
When I got home, I could see that the tines were very badly bent, more sideways than forward over the feed. There is no inner cap inside the pen cap, but there is a piece of metal. I have no idea it was there, and I no idea why it is there; I looked inside the other PenBBS 355 pen I have here belatedly, and there is only plastic and no metal in the same place in its cap. You can see from the photo above where the tipping of my DIY Stub nib has scored the surface of that piece of metal as I screwed the cap on and 'heard', or sensed, the dull crunch earlier.
So, that's that.
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