Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:10
I had a Rubber Starwalker Fineliner with a loose clip some years ago. It started loosening just a few days after I bought it. And I bought that one from a (now closed) Boutique in Illinois! I lived not too far away and stopped in to have them send it in...they were able to tighten it in the store. 100% sure it was authentic because I bought it from Montblanc...the concierge (or whatever the clerks call themselves nowadays) said someone had forgotten to apply the screw sealant (I'm guessing that's like Loctite) when securing the clip into the cap.
Just letting you know that a loose clip does not, in and of itself, indicate a counterfeit product.
Well for you, if you wrestle on, for in persistency lies victory, and with the morning may come the wished-for blessing. But not always; there is a struggle with defeat which some of you will have to bear, and it will be well for you if you have cultivated a cheerful equanimity. Remember, too, that sometimes 'from our desolation only does the better life begin.' Even with disaster ahead, it is better to face them with a smile, and with the head erect, than to crouch at their approach. And, if the fight is for principle and justice, even when failure seems certain, where many have failed before, cling to your ideal, and, like Childe Roland before the dark tower, set the slug-horn to your lips, blow the challenge, and calmly await the conflict.
--"Aequanimitas" William Osler
Valedictory Address, University of Pennsylvania, May 1, 1889