I'm new here, just getting into fountain pens. I purchased a new Montblanc 146 platinum from an amazon vendor. I live in Tokyo and the vendor is in Osaka.
It arrived with things looking correct as far as the box, the booklet and the warranty (everything was filled out except "date of sale").
The nib is two-tone and looks good to the naked eye, though above "Montblanc" is written something I can't quite see, and it isn't the carat of the gold.
Anyways, I filled it with their proprietary ink and starting using it. Most of the time it writes very well, but there are many false starts, and almost every "i" I form when I go back to dot it, the ink doesn't come. I'm aware these pens have sweet spots, and I actually used one full round of ink, then passed water through the piston several times until it was clear before filling it again with ink.
Anyways, these "false starts" are driving me a bit nuts, so I inspected the nib, and on the underside, I can see that the black feed is not perfectly lined up with the center of the nib where the tines meet. It is very slightly off-center. I don't have a magnifying glass, so can't provide any decent photos, but even to the naked I can can see it's slightly off-center.
My questions is: Do you guys think this is a problem in and of itself? Could it be connected to the ink flow problem of "false starts" I sometimes experience?
And final Q: If I take it to the Montblanc boutique here in Tokyo, will they look at it properly and take care of these issues even though the dealer didn't fill in the "date of purchase" field on the warranty card? They filled in everything else and they have a physical address in Osaka and appear to be legit.
Aside from the off-center issue and the "false starts" - I really do like this pen. Most of the time it writes very very smoothly and I love the feel of the nib.
Sorry for the long post, any help is very much appreciated in advance.
Thanks and best regards to all.