Hello fellow FPNers!
I'm wondering what your worst or funniest or whatnot cleaning experience has been? Did you put it together backwards? Did you omit something? Did something get in that shouldn't? Did you catastrophically break a pen? (eek)
I'll start with mine. This weekend (and some of last) was pen cleaning bonanza! I hadn't cleaned many pens in a while, I want to send a couple of them off to get professional tuned, and I had a few Pilot Varsity models that needed cleaning and refilling for a friend.
So, I did the harder ones first and last weekend, cleaned the rest over the course of this weekend. The five year old was running rampant bothering the dog or the dog was bothering him - hard to tell. I got to cleaning my Lamy 2000 (someday I'll put the story about it up in the review section but let's say I'm versed in how it is). It seemed off at some point in cleaning it, especially after reassembling it made squeaking noises and the piston was stiff.
So, I let it sit and when everything was dry and came time to fill up a few new pens, I pulled out the Lamy again. I filled from a gently used bottle of Sailor Blue Black I was gifted from my recent stop to the local pen store that is closing. The owner was nice to gift it to me as I mentioned seeing it behind the counter and he's never sold anything sailor that I knew about. He said you want it - it's half full and so I got more ink! I fill the pen with the couple others I plan to use for the next couple weeks. I sit down as the kid continues to run about the house - The Legend of Zelda has now crossed with dinosaurs of some sort. I get to the Lamy and the first strokes are fine. Then it skips. It's being SUPER picky about the writing angles with my Lamy 2000 has never had, especially being an F nib.
I go to dump the ink back in the bottle (I know I shouldn't but it's used anyway and I had JUST filled from it). Well, after two small turns of the piston I feel and see ink coming out at a high velocity - your foot is very good at soaking up ink that would have ended up on the floor. Thankfully I was barefoot and my floor is some fake/real/cheap wood that easily wipes up. I finish draining the pen SLOWLY and deliberately now. I get it taken apart all the way. I find, somehow from my cleaning, a huge wad of paper towel. At first it looked like ink gunk, but the bottle had none and it was A LOT. I realized it's paper towel when I plucked it off the nib/feed. Anyway, refilled, pen works great. I like the blue black. The Lamy 2000 is perfect again.
So what are your stories?