So, I'm an idiot...
(Scroll to bottom for the short version)
After a trip to my relatives overseas, I was kindly gifted with two 146s.
They were in pretty bad shape though and had a ton of dried ink inside. So, when I came back from my holidays, I gave them a good clean.
Then, after a little reading and videos on YouTube, it was apparent that the nib and feed of the 146 can be removed without any tools as they are friction fit. So, my curious side had me pull out the nib and feed on one of the 146 which came out with a lot less force than I expected.
After I cleaned out the feed, I tried to put it back into the section.
Error #1) I forgot to take note of how the nib and feed were positioned in the section.
So, I just looked at the other 146 and decided that the nib is horizontal with the two slots/holes in the section.
It should be noted that these two pens are definitely from different production years. The pen in question has a six digit serial and is marked W-GERMANY, has "No 146" on the cap band and the ink window is not striped. The other 146 has a 2 letter, 6 number serial, is marked GERMANY, is missing "No 146" and has a striped ink window. The feeds themselves also look different.
At first it felt a little tight, but I'm assuming that is pretty normal, as I've pulled out nibs and feeds on other pens before (albeit much cheaper pens).
The nib and feed did not make it far:
Initially, I tried to force the feed in, but that just seems like a bad idea, so after a couple of tries, I scrapped that plan.
I'm pretty sure the best thing would be to get the nib and feed out and to try again.
Easier said than done.
Using my hands, I think I'm apply way more force than what I should be.
I tried using the grippy, rubbery mats to aid in traction, but that didn't really help. Plus, this was about when I started to notice that I was bending the fins in the feed.
So I tried using the grippy mat with pliers. Doesn't seem very safe...
Even that didn't work (I used the plier to grab onto the tip of the nib to avoid squishing the feed into a million pieces).
I even tried warm water and some Singer Machine Oil to try and lubricate it. That didn't help.
So after a little Googlin', I found that the nib and feed unit could be taken out of the grip section with special tools. Improvising, I just twisted the nib and feed gently, with started to unscrew the unit out of the pen. However, this didn't get me anywhere.
I noticed, and removed, the so-called "Montblanc Gum" which I've heard may be used by MB to check if anyone has been tampering with the pen.
So, I need the help FPN to help me.
So, how do I remove the nib and feed from the pen (without damaging the nib and feed obviously)?
And, if I can't do anything, will Montblanc service be able to help? <-- Not very confident in this as a) I did remove the nib and feed and I managed to unscrew the unit holding it in place and got rid of the "Montblanc gum".
Nib and feed stuck in 146. How do I get it out?