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#1 Deacon Blues

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 19:48

My Writer's Edition had a scratchy nib (audibly) for some unknown reason. Took it to the local Montblanc Boutique store.

They sent it to Texas repair a few weeks ago.

Just got a call. Texas repair can't fix it, has to go back to Germany for repair (not under warranty).

Kind of curious as to what to expect. The nib is an M. I would prefer a BB instead.

Does anyone have any experience with the cost of replacing a W.E. nib as opposed to repair? Is it a huge price difference?

Any insight would be appreciated.

#2 s5blitzer

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 20:10

Depending on how old your WE is, MB does not usually keep nib of different or identical sizes available for replacement especially if it have been too long after the production run.

MB will investigate the scratchy M nib and make it more smooth for you. Not sure about the cost. Could be complimentary or could cost $$$.

After you get it back, maybe you could send the pen to a nib master can turn it into a BB. Others can chime in for additional suggestions.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 20:24

I was recently quote $250+ US at a Montblanc Boutique for a nib exchange (a 149, not a WE pen). The reason they said 250+ is because they would not guarantee a price. Only the factory can provide a firm price, but they will provide a firm estimate for your approval if requested.

I agree with s5blitzer. Since all of your issues/requests involve the nib, I would get it back and send it to an independent MB nibmeister.

Edited by ajoe, 17 January 2012 - 20:41.



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 20:37

I was asked 215GBP to replace a nib on a WE. I know prices are fixed and change between country, so I'm not sure how much it will be over there.. I suppose it will be cheaper (and eventually better) to send it to a nib meister to get it re-tipped. I love Richard Binder's creations...

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 20:47

I was recently quote $250+ US at a Montblanc Boutique for a nib exchange (a 149, not a WE pen). The reason they said 250+ is because they would not guarantee a price. Only the factory can provide a firm price, but they will provide a firm estimate for your approval if requested.

I agree with s5blitzer. Since all of your issues/requests involve the nib, I would get it back and send it to an independent MB nibmeister.

+1 for s5blitzer, sending to MB in Germany could cost a lot and with WE depends how old it is.
I would go for a really good nibmeister who will discuss your requirements.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 20:57

I've got some idea of the prices from the nibmeisters, so I think I have a firm grip on that. I always figure in the expedite fee as part of the repair cost, so it can be a bit costly.

And I know there will be a significant wait with the turnaround time for MB, so I'm prepared for that as well.

I guess my question is really the cost of repair vs. the cost of replacement (with a different nib size) through MB. I've never had work done by them before, and I'm curious.

My discussion with the boutique was: get me a price quote for the repair and then a time / cost estimate for a new nib in a different size. If they are too out of line, I can have them just return it to me.

I like the pen a lot (it's the Poe), but I like the idea of getting a BB on it. Guess I'm just trying to ease some anxiety.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 22:47

I was asked 215GBP to replace a nib on a WE. I know prices are fixed and change between country, so I'm not sure how much it will be over there.. I suppose it will be cheaper (and eventually better) to send it to a nib meister to get it re-tipped. I love Richard Binder's creations...


I too have been quoted these prices for a couple of different WE pens.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:29

My Faulkner WE is currently back at MB Germany to have its nib changed from M to OBB. The cost was US $265. The transaction is being handled by my local MB Boutique.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 13:14

Hi there,

I am also sending back a writers edition for a nib exchange, not repair and I was concerned about availability of nibs etc because mine is an old WE pen. Basically, it has to be sent through your boutique to Hamburg, and if the nib is damaged beyond repair, Montblanc can make a new nib for you if none are in stock. They keep the original prototypes and can make new ones even for the oldest WE.

The price might be high - I am also waiting on a quote before I send mine.
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 15:14

Hi there,

I am also sending back a writers edition for a nib exchange, not repair and I was concerned about availability of nibs etc because mine is an old WE pen. Basically, it has to be sent through your boutique to Hamburg, and if the nib is damaged beyond repair, Montblanc can make a new nib for you if none are in stock. They keep the original prototypes and can make new ones even for the oldest WE.

The price might be high - I am also waiting on a quote before I send mine.


This is interesting information, thanks evanescence