I just got a new Hakko 888D for Christmas. I have used it a bit since then, and I'm using the wet sponge, brass sponge, and some RadioShack tip cleaner to maintain the tip quality. The issue I am having is simple, and I might know the source but I lack a fix. The very tip of the tip, when new, looks like the first picture with the bag. It has a different color, and presumably a different metal, at the end. That part gets very hot, but the shinier parts don't, and solder will NOT adhere to them. This is likely intentional by Hakko and I like this. My issue, as shown in picture #2, is that the shiny part is getting oxidized. It may be ineffectual due to the fact that the oxidized portion doesn't get solder on it anyway, but it's spreading. It's now on the non-replaceable part of the iron in small quantities. I can't remove it with any of my aforementioned cleaning "tools". It could be oxidizing due to the flux in my lead free solder, but it uses resin which isn't corrosive like rosin.
**My question: why is this happening and how can I fix it? I've had this for 2 days 😭"