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Title: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: NicholasC on December 09, 2015, 03:46:21 PM
AAAHHHHHH!!!  I just vacuumed up a dozen Gilbert & Blazny-Poure Departementale 2552 nibs!  I knew that the vacuum had grabbed something, but I didn't realize that this was what I had sucked up until I saw my precious nibs being spit back out.  I had to root through the vacuum cleaner to recover them all.  Luckily most of them were basically fine.  Two were slightly sprung and a couple had some finish removed, but were otherwise OK. 
 
For those of you who do not know, these are very nice, very flexible nibs.  They are not terribly expensive, but they are becoming much harder to find.
 
This will teach me to not thoroughly check the carpet before vacuuming.  Has anyone else managed to do something stupid like this?  Share your mishaps and make me feel a little less foolish.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: schin on December 09, 2015, 04:12:53 PM
Ow ow ow ow ow!!!!! Did the vacuum make a clacking noise?

The dumbest thing I did was to use the rat tail end of a particularly nice handmade oblique holder to open an envelope. It seemed sturdy enough... until a 'snap'! Ouch.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: NicholasC on December 09, 2015, 06:19:15 PM
It actually made a loud sucking noise.  I didn't think much of it until nibs starting spitting out from the bottom of the vacuum.  I suppose it could have been worse, but why couldn't it have been the package of mostly used up nibs, and not the completely unused package of Departementale 2552s?

No matter how thin they are, holders seem to be able to take a lot of abuse...until you find the right spot to stress, and then everything goes horribly wrong!
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Bianca M on December 09, 2015, 06:44:24 PM
Ohhhhhbummer.  I am sure I have done lots of stupid or clumsy stuff that would make you feel better.  One thing that comes to mind is spilling a glass of water on my table about 10 years ago, and onto a stack of addressed envelopes.  Heart attack!  Thankfully I only had to redo a few, and the rest dried fine- lesson learned!
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Blotbot on December 09, 2015, 07:30:37 PM
Tear open the bag!  They're probably alright!
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: prasad on December 09, 2015, 11:20:45 PM
Ow ow ow ow ow!!!!! Did the vacuum make a clacking noise?

The dumbest thing I did was to use the rat tail end of a particularly nice handmade oblique holder to open an envelope. It seemed sturdy enough... until a 'snap'! Ouch.

I have seen your holders Schin.  :-[ :-[ :-[. That is for sure, a total Ouch moment.
Hope it was repairable.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: sybillevz on December 10, 2015, 03:51:19 AM
Ouch ! But may I ask what were these fine nibs doing on the carpet  ;D??
Just a few days ago I dropped a box of "Kifersor", it's the Baignol & Fajron twin nib of the Blanzy "Tremplin" : very very fine and nicely flexible. Of course they're hard to find... Well, all 143 nibs (I'm currently using the 144th) fell on/in my inkjet printer and behind the furniture, stabbing a few arachnids... Some of them now have a second very sticky spider-web finish !
Thankfully I was able to recover most of them thanks to a magnet.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Estrella on December 10, 2015, 12:55:07 PM
Ugh. My desk is near a window and I went to open the curtain a little, with my holder & nib still in hand, only to get the nib stuck into the curtain, splitting the tines open and ripping the curtain. Oops. Did I do that?! LOL
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: schin on December 10, 2015, 01:27:12 PM

The dumbest thing I did was to use the rat tail end of a particularly nice handmade oblique holder to open an envelope. It seemed sturdy enough... until a 'snap'! Ouch.

I have seen your holders Schin.  :-[ :-[ :-[. That is for sure, a total Ouch moment.
Hope it was repairable.

Actually I left it broken, and preferred using it as a stub holder which fits my hand better lol.

To be honest I've broken 4 holders and only fixed one with Brian Smith's help... the others are uh.. pending lol.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Empty_of_Clouds on December 10, 2015, 02:34:07 PM
Ouch!  Expensive error in all uses of the word.


On a postive side to the OP, for the first time since I started with dip pens (in the last year that is) I feel I have lucked into a box of nibs - snagged a sealed box of Departmentale Cementee 2552 nibs for $35.  That makes them around a quarter (25c) each.  That's probably about as good a deal as I am likely to ever get.  So, no need to hunt for any more!
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: AAAndrew on December 10, 2015, 05:11:58 PM
Ouch!  I know well that moment of realization that you just did something stupid, just a moment too late to stop it. I've had a new nib fall out of a poorly adjusted flange into a full bottle of ink. Thank goodness for magnets. I now have a glass rod I use for stirring inks with a small, rare earth magnet glued to one end.

Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: elsa.d on January 03, 2016, 11:37:23 PM
If it makes you feel better, I wrote the wrong return address on ONE HUNDRED CRANE LETTRA ENVELOPES. It was definitely after I had addressed the front of them all. Kinda felt like the worst moment of my life when I discovered the mistake at 1:30 am.
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Bianca M on January 04, 2016, 12:42:36 AM
Oh, Elsa, reading that was like watching the scary parts in Children of the Corn!
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: sybillevz on January 04, 2016, 03:16:56 AM
 :o Oh no Elsa !!
I'd lend you my hands if I could to help you...
Title: Re: Just Vacuumed Up A Dozen Departementale 2552 Nibs
Post by: Estefa on January 04, 2016, 01:50:17 PM
Oh no, Elsa!!!! Feeling with you!