Does anyone have any experience with them?
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 00:38
I Just found this on another website:fountainpensguide.com
"The History of Montefiore Fountain Pens
The Long Island town of Westbury, NY has long since been home to many businesses. One such company that originates from this small middle class neighborhood is Montefoire Writing Instruments. While somewhat innocuous on the surface, this company has produced some truly brilliant fountain pen designs.
Montefiore Pens are quite new in comparison to other pen companies on the global market. These pens on just debuted on the world market in 1996. They did, however, make quite the impression as the visual allure of the pens was (and is) stunning.
Best of all, the pens are promote themselves to be inexpensive which is an added benefit to those seeking collectible and functional pens.
Let the truth be told: even though Montefiore Fountain Pens are relatively new to the writing instrument industry, they have the potential to be major names for decades to come."
So, how are they Re-branded Jinhao's? Where are the actually made? They seem to be designed in NY, but possibly manufactured elsewhere?
Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:26
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:55
I think that the German nib used is the same or similar to the X750 two toned nib which is actually quite a nice writer.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:48
Greetings everybody! I too, have a Montefiore Chatham FP... it is actually the reason I joined this forum. Since I got it as a gift, I have had trouble getting it to write properly. Ink flow just stops mid stroke. I am convinced that the nib and reservoir are faulty. I have learned the following in attempting to remedy the problem... One, Montefiore pens are sold through giftvalues dot com. They don't have much in terms of nibs and parts to fix problems. Second, to get any real answers, you have to call a different number than that listed at their main web site, which goes to Smithsonian something... nice people, but again, they can't send out parts or anything.
The pen itself is nice. Brass barrel and cap, beautiful paint exterior, very solid pen. If I knew of a place here that repaired fountain pens, it would probably be my go to pen.
Anyone know of repair places in the metro Detroit area? Looking for them has become the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 19:05
This above, is my collection of Montefiore pens. Actually 10 of them. Let me alert you that all of them need some working on the nibs in order to write smoothly.. I do not know if they are re branded Jinhao pens. All I know that I personally serviced them all to have a smooth writing with all of these ten nibs. The point of this nibs is titanium, and actually it is very hard to grind and shape them to match your writing. Once you do , though, they write beautifully. I purchased this collection from www.giftvalues.com and the price of them ( included the case) was $ 79,95 . Item # 36534 of the giftvalues catalog.
All of these pens use the international cartridge, but you can buy an international converter if you want to fill them directly from the ink bottle.
In all, the collection is very nice, bright colors and nice enamel over aluminum. The pens are not very heavy , some of them do not post well or not at all.
All of these nibs are friction fit.
Just don't expect to ink one and write smoothly with it. You have to align the tines and grind the titanium ball so that it writes smoothly. But when you do, you will find that these pens write as well as the big names like Parker or Pelikan at 1/20th or 1/100 of their cost.
So this post is to respond to member Quackedo who asked the question if someone had experience with these pens. FR
Edited by frolland, 19 February 2015 - 19:07.
Posted 19 February 2015 - 20:01
I bought two of them in the late 1990s and both became unusable within two years because the cap would no longer stay securely attached to the barrel when "capped." They were attractive pens that wrote fine albeit a bit dry. I quit using them after one came uncapped in a pocket and ruined a shirt.
Posted 19 February 2015 - 20:07
Kestrel:, thank you for the advise. Although I have these pens 1 year now and all of them cap well. We shall see with more usage. Thanks again. FR
Note: some of them cap by screwing the cap in place!
Edited by frolland, 19 February 2015 - 20:09.
Posted 13 March 2015 - 00:35
I picked up a used Montefiore Chatham pen for a few dollars with the idea of discovering whether or not I should try to work on old pens. I found the answer is NO after breaking the section and feed. Is there anyplace to get replacements, or is it not worth the cost?
Posted 16 March 2015 - 04:12
Tried going to their website. It's either down, or, from what I can tell from the specific error message, gone entirely. Odd.
Posted 27 February 2016 - 19:33
I have a montefiore pen that belonged to my father. It's not bad looking and doesn't leak, though it does write a bit dry. But I too have the cap problem. It's a pressure not a screw cap, and looking at it I can't see how it ever worked -- the design is extremely simple. I don't know if there's any possible fix.