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Is My Lamy Medium Nib Bent?

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#1 NerdCM

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 18:17

I purchased a Lamy Safari in a medium nib from a store two days ago. The tipping material looks bent upward and front section of the nib (after the feed) looks bent very slightly downward. This is the only Lamy pen I own, so I wouldn't know if this is just my imagination and certainly don't have another nib to compare it to. In the case that it is—in fact—bent, what can I do to resolve this?

 
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#2 Ron Z

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 20:40

No.


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#3 Karmachanic

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 20:47

Not seeing any bentness anywhere either.


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#4 NerdCM

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 23:22

No.

 

Not seeing any bentness anywhere either.

The tipping material just looked a bit unusual to me. Thanks for the replies.



#5 tamiya

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 01:40

Looks fine. Go compare to another next time you're out shopping.

Does it not write properly?

Have seen damaged nibs that still write ok, so that's not saying much :)

#6 Fuzzy_Bear

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 03:16

Nope. Looks like mine.

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#7 NerdCM

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 03:54

Looks fine. Go compare to another next time you're out shopping.

Does it not write properly?

Have seen damaged nibs that still write ok, so that's not saying much :)

It's a tad scratchy on the cross strokes. Is this normal among Lamy nibs or did I get a "defective" nib?



#8 langere

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 03:58

That would be because the nib is misaligned, but from the picture it does not look that way. Perhaps you can take a picture from straight ahead so that we can see the tip and so see the tipping material.

 

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#9 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 17:15

You are going to need a good 10X loupe...the $35 Belomo have very good lenses and coating....you can get a cheap 40X Chinese one....= to a real 10X, but not as good a lens. Costs @ $5 + or -. Good for a start.

Over time you are either going to get pens with nibs that are misaligned by the robot punters in the Postal System, or even you can casually bang your nib out of alignment.

 

You need a loupe....no magnifying glass will do....not even the 1 1/4th inch thick ones.

You have to see which nib is up, and either from the end of the slit or the breather hole, press your thumb nail down, so the top nib is under the low nib. Do that for 2 seconds twice and check....often needs three tries, seldom four.


German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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#10 tamiya

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 22:56

It's a tad scratchy on the cross strokes. Is this normal among Lamy nibs or did I get a "defective" nib?


Scratchy doesn't mean it's not functional as a writing instrument, ergo no warranty claim.

FPs take a while to wear smooth; or learn to tune your nib.

"Normal" with Lamy nibs is quite a bit of variability. Every nib works fine of course (each & every pen is tested with ink at factory before shipping out) but to find one I "really like" (ie writes as smooth & generous as my first Lamy, which got me addicted) might take going through 20+ M nibs, 50+ F nibs.

Every pen has its own personality, even with mass produced volume high-quality units like Lamy.

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 11:32

New pen & new to you - a couple of possible overlooked minor issues. 
Capillary action & this feed holds lots of ink.
After inserting first cartridge, drop in & tighten, I usually give cart a gentle squeeze if using immediately to fill the feed.  Or, cap & store cap down overnight. 
If line is still dry, then a full flush to remove any manufacturing residue, & back to step one after its dry. 
 

If after full feed & clean ink isn’t delivered properly, then return it to retailer to adjust.  Don’t void warranty by tinkering with nib. 



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#12 jchch1950

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 16:32

No.

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 02:19

It looks OK and works, so no worries here.
If the nib feels scratchy, there is a possibility you are applying too much pressure to write. Try experimenting with small variations in the pen axis relative to paper. In my experience, the same pen can feel extremely smooth one day and annoyingly scratchy the next day, which suggest the possibility of a sweet spot in the nib. This is also the case with my L2k nibs. Try also to see if you rotate the nib while writing (I do and it seems to be a common occurrence).
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