I am at a loss of words for the long list of damaged pens .
And, you are right, blood has to be spilled either way (either the pen or your mind or both). I hate myself when I lend a pen to people who are usually at peace with ball-points (including my cousins). Be it when they try to pull a cap with a screw fit or push the pen inside the cap with a dangerous position of the nib on the cap edges.
Not sure if anybody else feels the same way !
I only lend twsbi or a steel nibbed one if anyone is persistent, else I face the same disgust (with a rather muted explanation of not lending fountain pens). And I do lend my complete support on the MB incident
Guess you are right on the nib thing...Consistently springy. I will get a ballpoint of the 625 series I guess
Don't worry to much about the damaged pens. I use fountain pens at work and often drop them on the hard floors. This is just the price of doing business. I failed to mention my Sailor Black Luster with an EF nib. It also fell nib first onto a hard floor. That one will either have to go to a nib turner for straightening or Sailor for a new nib. I haven't decided, yet. I once sent about twenty Pilots to Pilot USA. It was several year's worth of damaged pens. They repaired, replaced or fixed everyone of them, without charge. Now that is Customer Service!
My sister was staying with me for a while. She was on the phone and wanted to write something down. She went through about 10 fountain pens trying to find one she could "click" open. I handed her a pencil. She is not the fountain pen type. I keep a bunch of Platinum Preppies in my locker at the hospital. if someone is interested in fountain pens, I give them one, along with a box of cartridges. After that, I offer advice on getting a nicer pen, paper, ink, etc. When they "graduate" from my program, they get a bottle of ink, a Pilot Metropolitan, or a Lamy Safari.
Actually, any old ballpoint or roller ball will do, but the 625 ballpoints are gorgeous!
Edited by Frank C, 14 June 2015 - 20:11.