22.0 How long does it take a pen to "break in"?
This is a major "old wive's tale". Pens simply don't
"break in" or "wear in". Think about it: you're
expecting a ball of iridium, a material chosen for its hardness, to wear down
when rubbed against paper during normal use.
If iridium wore down during the "first few weeks" of use (as
I have been personally told by at least 3 Montblanc reps - go ahead, sue me!),
it would mean that the iridium ball would wear out within the first year of use!
Those same Montblanc reps claimed I'd get "years of use" out
of the pen.
No, pens do not "break in". The user gets "broken in"
to the pen's foibles and oddities. The user finds a comfortable way to
hold the pen, a different ink with different lubricant properties, or simply adjusts
to the "feel" of the pen.
If you don't like the way the pen "feels" when you bring
it home, consider sending it back to the manufacturer for a different nib, or
to a pen nib expert like John Mottishaw (www.nibs.com) for regrinding. A guy named
Jerry Trafford used to do this too, but he seems to have disappeared. Of course,
this type of work will void the warranty and not be cheap, but the result might
well be a pen that writes exactly as you would like it to.