So it slipped out of my hand last night and plummeted nib-first onto a hard tile floor. Just look at that tip; doesn't it make you hurt inside? This is an 18K EF nib for a Waterman Carene Essential, which I used for all of 2 weeks before the tragic event. The question is: repair it or throw it away? I contacted Waterman customer service and they want US$209 to repair/replace it (the entire pen cost me $189 through an Amazon special!). A dealer in the UK sells new replacement nib units for $108. As far as I know, there are no nibmeisters within 8000 miles of me (I'm in Hong Kong).
So, my questions are:
1) Is this worth repairing, considering the cost and two-way international shipments? Are there any such nibmeisters you'd recommend?
2) Or should I dump it and either spend $108 on a replacement (hence infuriating my wife, who thinks I've spent more than enough on pens lately) or make her happy and cross this pen off my small collection?
3) Are there folks out there who buy these things for pocket change to refurbish and sell? Even for a fraction of its value, that might take the sting out of having to replace this nib.