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1950 Montblanc M144A Repair Woes

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#1 ius66

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 10:39

So that kind of sucked: sent a pen I inherited off to Montblanc because it wont pump ink. Figured old piston gaskets had crumbled or something, which I thought would be a simple matter for them. Not so. They returned it unfixed with a charming letter saying they were out of spare parts and unable to repair it to a state of perfection. I would have thought in this day and age with CNC routers, lathes and 3D printers... I would honestly have settled for a state of working.

Anyhow, does anyone know anyone who might give it a try?

Kind regards,

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#2 TimeoDanaos

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 11:05

I've often seen people refer to this guy: http://www.maxpens.de/

I don't have any personal experience with him, but I too have a 1950's 144 that needs a new cork, so I am perusing my budget to see if I should get in contact.



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:02

Max Schrage of maxpens.de is a good option in EU. Francis Goosen (Fountainbel) on this forum is another. Brad Torelli in the US.



#4 ius66

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 19:38

Thank you both

#5 Michael R.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 18:25

Max Schrage of maxpens.de is a good option in EU. Francis Goosen (Fountainbel) on this forum is another. Brad Torelli in the US.

 

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:03

Max Schrage of maxpens.de is a good option in EU. Francis Goosen (Fountainbel) on this forum is another. Brad Torelli in the US.

 

Got in touch with Fountainbel who promptly and as far as I can judge very professionally fixed what Montblanc said they couldn't.

In place of what was merely a memento of my father and grandfather I now have a lovely, restored and functioning pen in my small collection, as well as a memento.


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 12:56

See: http://www.fountainp...oration-advice/



#8 Old Salt

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 14:15

 

Got in touch with Fountainbel who promptly and as far as I can judge very professionally fixed what Montblanc said they couldn't.

In place of what was merely a memento of my father and grandfather I now have a lovely, restored and functioning pen in my small collection, as well as a memento.

 

So glad to hear that Frances got your pen restored to working order.  You went to the right place for help.   It is a beautiful old pen.  I hope it gives you years of enjoyment.



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Posted 10 February 2020 - 16:39

 

Got in touch with Fountainbel who promptly and as far as I can judge very professionally fixed what Montblanc said they couldn't.

In place of what was merely a memento of my father and grandfather I now have a lovely, restored and functioning pen in my small collection, as well as a memento.

 

Excellent!

It's a fantastic pen! 

 

The celluloid 144's are brilliant. They can write all day and not skip a beat - and yours is a striking example..

Your initial guess was probably correct: a new seal, or cork and a bit of lube may have done the trick.

The twin telescopic piston is much loved by MB users. The factory no longer carries parts for these pens.

Should last another lifetime, after Francis has worked on it!

 

Enjoy!

And congratulations.







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