Sounds simple enough, DrCodfish!
I am sincerely wondering how exactly that worst-case person could manage to seriously damage a nib. I know, I know; the person looked gentle but turned out to be a brutal caveman once the pen was in their hand. Crrrrrrrrrrush..... your Mont Blanc was destroyed like Mont St. Helens.
But this is really bothering me. Aren't most nibs a stiff, slightly springy metal? Sure, someone could damage it out of pure malice....grip it like a butcher knife and stab it nib-down onto a desk. But seriously, how could anyone accidentally press hard enough to bend metal?
I'll pose my theory and let others answer.
As has been mentioned here, some novices fail to orient the nib correctly. They turn it upside-down or sideways and begin their attempt to write. Let's suppose that nothing happens and the paper remains blank. This novice thinks, "Hmm...something wrong with this pen. I must not be pressing hard enough." They double the pressure and one of two things happen:
1) If the pen is 90° out of position, the two halves of the nib are crushed sideways INTO each other. They both become deformed and the ink will not flow. Novice then thinks, "Hmm...still no ink. I must need to press even harder." Rip, tear, bend, spurt, sobbing owner!
2) If the pen is in correct position but the novice is pressing too hard from the first moment, the two tines(?) of the nib immediately become separated. The inkflow ceases because the nib channel is too wide. The Novice thinks, "Hmm...I must need to press even HARDER!" Scraaaaaaatch (as the nib penetrates te paper and carves a deep furrow into the desktop beneath.) Followed by furiously homicidal owner sounds.
Above are my two theories for how a non-malicious person could destroy a perfectly good fountain pen on the first try. What do you think might cause it....besides the caveman theory?
Edited by TwelveDrawings, 29 August 2013 - 19:44.