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I have 2 Al-Stars.

 

One of them came with a nib that was very resistant to being changed and in the process of removing the nib I unseated the feed just slightly.

 

The second Al-Star has the feed completely removed from the section and it does not want to be reinserted. I have lined up the feed with the triangular section but it still will slide only halfway into place.

 

My question is how to I replace the feed correctly inside the section so that the cap will properly close on the section without interference?

 

Lubrication? Silicone grease?

 

Please help! :(

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