Hello all ye pen-repairers and -repairesses out there,
I found a useful tool to remove a section, or a blind-cap, or just open a tightly closed ink bottle.
The gloves you see in the pictures below are really helpful in all these situations, giving a VERY good grip.
I got them from a local building supplier (cost only about €3) and they work like a charm.
No more fiddling with pads and stripes.
Section pliers will hopefully become a "tool of last resort".
(Caution: The occasional applying of dry heat to the barrel might still be necessary, esp. with older/ brittle material.)