I feel I must jump in and give a little support to Conid. I have been a customer since the very first Bulkfiller in 2012, and have a small army of Conids that get an unrepresentatively large workload. I still believe, after seven years, that they are the best engineered, best manufactured, and most abusable pens ever made. Having met Werner, Johan and Francis on numerous occasions, I must also reiterate what outstanding gentlemen they are, and note how they have gone above and beyond for me, and many others over the years.
That said, a bit of context is probably necessary for those grumbling about the current state of affairs. Conid was born from passion by Werner as a weekend project using the tools of his (very large) machining company. After Francis invented the Bulkfiller, the sheer success of the project took them all by surprise, and though the quality of their pens suggests that they are a massive company, the whole shebang was pretty much run by a handful of people on their days off. I know that they were struggling to grow, and would not compromise their exacting quality, and that as a result there were backlogs to fulfil orders. Werner's main business was also doing too well - rich man's problems, to be sure, but it is unfair to expect a small business (producing such astonishing products) to function with the greased gears of the big boys many multiples of their size.
Understand that they are a small outfit. Have patience. Contact them directly if you can, and rest assured that their integrity will make everything right.
Speaking for myself, I do understand all this and am not 'hating on' Conid. I appreciate what they are as a boutique, quality-driven company creating very unique pens built for writers, and actually didn't mind so much the extra wait time (I'm used to waiting a long time for urushi or custom pens and used to wait times exceeding estimations). The pen body itself is awesome and everything it's chalked up to be. I do expect once I have some working nibs for it this will most likely be my most-used writer. The reason I purchased this Kingsize is because I suspected it would be my be-all-to-end-all EDC knock-around pen. Now holding it, I suspect that will be true.
However, the main legitimate criticisms I have for Conid is 1) the poor communication, as in addition to unanswered emails, my 'missing nib' issue could have been easily remedied by one sentence added to their shipping notification or a note in the box (which they acknowledge they forgot). Hire a part time employee to answer emails and ensure steady accurate communication, it's really not that hard or costly. 2) a stub nib that doesn't write. I'm sorry but the writing sample card that says how the nib was 'tuned to their high standards' and what not is laughable, this nib was obviously not thoroughly tested or else the skipping/hard starts would have been obviously identified and remedied. It does seem to be a well-ground nib other than what I assume was over-polishing, and I do have some understanding as I have experienced this issue with other Ti nibs, including a CSI ground by Mark Bacas that I had to send back to him, but the bottom line is this nib should not have passed through their QC, especially given that their QC is what they tout as being their specialty.
I get that they are swamped, and if they have to keep increasing wait times, so be it. People will deal with it, they do with Nakaya and custom pens. However there's no reason to not hire someone to response to emails, and no reason to rush through nib grinding/testing. IMO they should just go at the pace they always have, and up the wait times to 6 months if needed to maintain the quality they are known for.