Personally I'd have sent a photo of the defects to the retailer that sold you the pen, and ask to send you a new nib. Perhaps a new EF would have been more to your liking.
Perhaps. However, doing a whole photo essay, especially if I have to try to photograph a nib through the loupe I have in ways that demonstrate the different aspects of the defects, would just be 'too difficult'. Photographing writing samples when the page just sits on the desk with the loupe on top of it, then I could focus on manipulating the digital SLR camera. Trying to hold the pen and turn it at the correct angle to make the defect(s) evident looking through the loupe, then secure both in place (suspended or otherwise in mid-air, so to speak) and then manipulate the camera to focus and capture a clear image is a whole different challenge.
Morever, does a nib on which the tipping is not split symmetrically, but arguably still writes, necessarily count as a defect warranting an exchange? Again, maybe it isn't common thinking elsewhere, but in Australia just being not satisfied with how something is made is not automatically reason enough to return it with expectation of an exchange or full refund; it has to be defective, and/or not fit for the purposes it was marketed and sold, and/or significantly different from the product's description, and/or otherwise not of merchantable quality, to be a cut-and-dry case of the customer being entitled to exchange or refund; and, while individual retailers can have more generous return policies, the mindset remains how we by default think of consumer purchases.
I just did half a page of writing with it, on the same sort of paper and with the same ink that I used on the writing sample I uploaded a month ago, and I can see the lines put down by the nib are actually significantly thinner and 'drier'; Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki now appears light blue at my normal writing speed, although the wetness of the line and thus intensity of the colour can be easily increased by either my slowing down, or applying more pressure to cause the tines to bend. Now I can enjoy writing with this pen without turning the nib upside-down! Win!
Writing samples: Now, versus when it was new.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 25 February 2019 - 01:06.
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