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Since many nibs are made out of metal, it will require a long long time to wear out.

If you use it for decades, it may be possible. But you are not going to lend your pen for decades, so you're fine.

Be careful though. It is risky to lend a fountain pen to anyone you don't trust. Read more tips in http://www.parkerpen.com/en-US/support/care-guide

-William S. Park

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“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane. - Graham Greene

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I have seen flat spots on several pens (Parker 51 and EstebrooK 2xxx and 9xxx nibs).

On some the flat spot was REALLY FLAT, almost like they wrote on a sharpening stone. They must have had a HEAVY hand.

I was able to reprofile the tips to round them again, so they are decent writers. Luckily I had enough tip material left to do that. And I have a few more to reprofile.


As others have said, there are other reasons to not let someone use your fountain pen.

BUT, that might be a good reason to tell them why they can't use your fountain pen. Like the State Farm commercial, its on the internet, and they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true ;)

What I would be afraid of (besides dropping the pen) is someone writing with it like a ball pen, pressing HARD and springing the nib.

I got my wife a manifold nib for her Esterbrook for that exact reason. The manifold nib will handle her pressing down, since it was made to do carbon copies.

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Forty-five years ago, I lent ("Loan" is not a verb.) my sterling silver Parker 75 to the hottest coed, you ever imagined. She dropped it.

She dropped it nib down. She dropped it nib down onto a tile floor. Replacement of a bent nib and cracked section cost a week's pay.

(I never got past first base.)

Well did you at least get to date her? :D

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Sasha, just be glad she showed her true colors early...not paying for the breaking of the pen....either way.

You could have ended up heart broke and totally messed up. Such 'beauty' leave shattered soul's in their wake.


On my mother's advice I did not take my P-75 to collage or it would have vanished as fast as a Zippo.

A Storm King....a Zippo clone lasted me some 3 1/2 years....folks would walk after me to give it back from the table it was left on....a Zippo had a life of up to six weeks.

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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,


The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.



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