I'm wondering if any other FPN-ers suffer from a let-down when you receive a pen you had been longing for and find it is not blindingly perfect.
Allow me to elaborate. I just received the Diplomat Aero - fine in orange from Goulet Pens. On paper (see what I did there?) it was everything I could ever hope for: my favorite color, a snap cap, delicate high-end steel nib, unique body shape, solid metal body and that kicky flower design on the nib and the top of the cap.
And then I received it. I had Goulet dip-test the nib so I knew it would be smooth, and it was, but so was the section (is that what we call the part where our fingers grip?). When my hands are cool and dry (not sweaty) they want to slide down the section towards the nib unless I take a more aggressive grip - which is not what I want to do. Boo. While the pen is weighty, which I like, it feels a bit short unposted in my large hand, but posting it makes it feel back-heavy and throws off my writing. Yuck. I syringe filled the converter, then ran water, pen flush, and water again through the nib section before drying it. I reassembled it then dipped it in ink to get it primed and thought I was off to the races. But half a page later the ink started to look lighter and then it began skipping before it stopped writing at all. I opened it up and turned the converter plunger up and down a bit (but not so much as to flood the nib) and it is currently writing dark and wet, but I am worried about a repeat of the fading and skipping. Hmmm.
While I don't regret my purchase, the color is still my favorite and the snap cap is a joy, it has not been love at first write. I think it may take a bit of time for us to find our groove together. Has anyone else experienced a similar let-down when a pen you were waiting for does not live up to your fantasies about it?