Very beginner question, but I've noticed some people who talk about their collections and talk about some of their pens that need repair work done.
Now, I'm aware of general maintenance (which, as far as I've learned, basically consists of washing out the old ink, disassembling the pen as much as possible, soaking it in water and letting it dry out every few months).
But, beyond that, what can happen to a pen that causes it to need repair? In my (admittedly very naive) understanding, you might push too hard and break the nib, but then you'd just have to get a new nib, right?
I'm asking because I thought most pens were supposed to last a lifetime with proper cleaning.
EDIT: Thank you everyone for explaining this to me :)
Anyone finding this later, it seems to depend on the mechanics of the pen and whether or not its vintage and also whether or not you have an accident with them. I'm also all the more terrified to add more fancy pens to my collection now, which may be a good thing
By - someRedditUser