I've just, with a good deal more trouble than I expected, opened up an Estie J to find this:
As I hope you can make out in the photo, on the tier between the sac nipple and the gripping section proper there is an extra layer of material of some kind. It is rubbery, and looks to have been added over the base plastic of the part. Is this normal? I've only re-sacked one other Estie, and that did not have this.
The pen was a real pain to open up, you see, and I ended up cracking the lip of the barrel doing it, which I am really very cross with myself for doing.
This extra thickness on the part made the fit so tight that I just could not get it out. I'm a bit stumped on how to replace the section into the pen now too, since the section is wider than the opening in the top of the barrel, and trying to put the section back in causes the crack to prise open!
I purchased this pen second hand, and if this is not a standard part of the pen I might be inclined to put the blame for the cracked barrel this 'customisation'...and perhaps have a bit of a word with the person I purchased it from about their handiwork...
Any help greatly appreciated.
Edited by Rewpert, 02 November 2019 - 22:06.