Hello, everyone! I realize there hasn't been a reply in awhile, so hopefully you all still see this and such. I am dealing with the same hard start issues, but I'm not sure it's baby's bottom. There is a possibility, though... My nib and feed alignment is not great -- offcenter, and the feed is too far back in relation to the nib. Are they friction fit? Can I just pull straight out? I'm always hesitant with new pens when it's hard to tell! Nothing like cracking a plastic feed because you went too "ape" on it trying to get it out.
EDIT: Should have mentioned, I have a rembrandt but was hoping one of you knew.
Cheers, and TIA!
I had pretty much the same problem with my Van Gogh that I got recently (the nibs are the same as Rembrandt, from what I've heard!) and it was pretty bad--skippy, hard starting, a little off-center, all of it! I was super disappointed, since it was my first "serious" pen...so I tried a LOT. I tweaked the tines, switched inks, cleaned it until I could probably use it for surgery...and it still didn't work! I would also gently push the nib so it centered on the feed, but the issues just kept coming back, and somehow, magically, the nib would drift off-center all over again. I came to the conclusion that maybe that wasn't the main problem after all.
So when it came down the point where there was nothing left but resorting to grinding it...
...I chickened out and sent it to a nibmeister! I mean, it's a forty dollar nib--I would break into a cold sweat every time I even moved the tines a little bit, it would kill me to try and fix it on my own. And I figured with a nibmeister I would also be able to try a cool custom stub along the way.
Currently, the pen has not returned to me, but it should soon and I look forward to it!
You could also have the nib exchanged by Visconti through Coles of London, but I've actually heard stories where someone does that and they still get a bad nib! And it takes weeks, too. But it doesn't hurt to try (though it might hurt your wallet? I think they charge you for the shipping, though I could be wrong...)