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How to Refill a Montblanc Fountain Pen

Updated February 21, 2017

Montblanc is renowned for making fine writing instruments, including fountain pens, that are guaranteed for the life of the owner. The Montblanc fountain pen can be refilled with ink in one of two ways, depending on the design of the particular model. Some pens use ink cartridges; others refill with a piston mechanism that draws up ink from a bottle into the pen. With a little practice and simple precautions, a Montblanc fountain pen can be refilled in less than five minutes.

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  1. Cover the work surface with an old newspaper or other disposable protection. Unscrew the barrel of the Montblanc counterclockwise behind the writing nib to separate the pen into two halves.

  2. Remove the empty ink cartridge by pulling it straight out of the barrel.

  3. Insert a new cartridge in the direction of the arrow into the lower half of the Montblanc (the section with the writing nib).

  4. Connect the two halves of the pen over the new cartridge and tighten clockwise by hand.

  5. Cover the work surface with an old newspaper or other disposable protection. Unscrew the pen barrel to separate the Montblanc into two halves, then remove the cap from the writing nib.

  6. Turn the piston knob at the top counterclockwise as far as it will rotate.

  7. Unscrew the lid of an ink bottle. Dip the writing nib into the ink bottle, taking care not to get ink on the barrel, then twist the piston knob clockwise as far as it will turn to draw ink up into the reservoir inside the pen.

  8. Lift the nib out of the ink but hold the tip over the bottle and turn the piston knob slightly counterclockwise to release any excess ink, which will flow easily.

  9. Wipe the nib with a clean, lint-free cloth, replace the cap on the end and screw the two halves on the pen back together. Recap the ink bottle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ink cartridges or bottle
  • Old newspaper
  • Lint-free cloth

About the Author

James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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