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“Instructions.” Not “Suggestions.”

Posted by Dirck on 1 December, 2014

Those who follow the pen fora will see a regular pattern.

A fairly new enthusiast says, “Hey, I just got my first Snorkel.  I’m gonna flush it out good and see if it works!”

…which prompts: “For the love of noodles– don’t pull up the tube if the front end is in ink/water!  That can pull wet into places where it oughtn’t!”

Allow me to give a visual reference for that latter position:

Rusty, his brother Crusty, and his other brother Crusty.  All feeling much better now.

Rusty, his brother Crusty, and his other brother Crusty. All feeling much better now.

The amount of ink which should touch the bright metal and the springs in these mechanisms is none at all.  The most likely way this state of affairs developed was pulling up on the filler while the point was in the ink.  I feel free to display this grim example, as the client whose pens these are got them after they were put in this state.

You might also consider this consequence as a metaphor the next time you see a “Do Not Feed The Bears” sign, too.

Today’s pen: Sailor 102
Today’s ink: Montblanc Royal Blue

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