Sometimes things don't go quite as planned.
This morning I stopped off at the post office and picked up a Tropen 1000 that was waiting for me.
I was excited about this pen because A) It's a semi-hooded nib with a piston filler and B) Tropen is a lesser-known German brand that seems to have made some nice workhorse pens.
Then I got to work and started checking the pen out.
Something was off...
The nib just slid straight out the front of the section. Just, you know, right out of the pen!
I took it fully apart to examine. I'm not even sure what was supposed to hold the nib inside, as the nib doesn't taper enough to butt up against nose cone structure. There's no inner contour specifically for the nib, no grooves for it to remain taught in-betwixt. Maybe at one time the feed somehow shrank over time. Maybe it's like one of those expanding 'Magic Grow' toy animals and I need to leave it in water until it stretches to snuggle up with the nib?
As of right now, I've no clue what Tropen's intentions were. I wonder if there was a part of my pen that simply ceased to exist, but left no trace of it's initial presence.
That seems doubtful.
Look at me wiggle!
And yeah, it was super difficult to get the nib back in while I was watching myself through my phone.