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Cracked Threads In A 146

146 crack threads section ink window

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#1 Guitarist



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 14:31

I purchased a pre-owned 146 and was disappointed - to say the least - to find a crack nearly a whole centimeter long. It runs from the section through the threads up to the ink window. The crack seems to have been remedied as it appears to be covered in some kind of sealant. As of now the pen writes flawlessly, but could this be a source of future problems such as leaking?




It is a 146 with a beautiful monotone 14k nib. Is this pen a vintage piece worth keeping or is it a $250 refund waiting to happen?


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#2 jcm499



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 15:09

Typically I would say if you like the nib you should keep the pen.  If the crack ever acts up, Montblanc will fix it fairly cheaply, and there are plenty of boutiques in Florida.


On the other hand, $250 + the service charge to fix the crack should get you a mint condition 146 in my opinion. There are LOTS of 146s out there.


My recommendation: Keep it only if you find the nib exceptional. 


Edit: It seems the crack wasn't disclosed before purchase. You could contact the seller, and see if you can work out a partial refund so you can keep the pen, and get it fixed if it leaks for an acceptable total price.

Edited by jcm499, 24 October 2015 - 15:11.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 15:10

Yes present and future problem and it looks like someone tried to repair it only making things worse.  I would ask for a refund at that price or if I really liked the pen send it to Montblanc along with a letter explaining that the previous owner did it (Always delegate guilt) and begging them to fix it.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 15:12

Refund and find a better one.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 18:10

Send it back and get a full refund. $250 should be enough to get a nearly mint condition 146 and $340 ($250 + ~$90 for the repair) is certainly enough. 


I would only keep it if it had an exceptional nib in an unusual size.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 19:24



Here is the nib after a bit of cleaning. I did attempt to negotiate with the seller but he preferred a full refund over a partial refund. I truly do enjoy the pen, but the crack is indeed concerning.


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Posted 24 October 2015 - 19:31

I would return it.  I know it's obvious but make sure you document everything well and return via a trackable method.

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 20:18

I would go with a full refund. It will need a Montblanc service to get new parts, as that crack can never be fixed without new parts.


For that price I bought a brand new 146 from my local department store that weren't going to sell Mb pens anymore.


There are loads of 146's out there that are better for this kind of price. Just get your money back, and get another one. I'm sure you will like it just as much

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 22:32

Thanks everyone. I will be returning the pen in hopes of finding a better 146. 

Edited by Drcollector, 24 October 2015 - 23:12.


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