It didn't take long for me to realize I was very, very wrong.
After that I started to write with fountain pens in general and that one in particular more and more again, but I always wondered if the Mont Blanc pens actually were such a quality jump from basic pens the way their fountain pens were from the vast bulk of foutain pens. It took this Instructable by Kingant to make me realize I could actually give it a shot without having to give away a kidney to afford one to try out, so I went off to the local retailer to get some refills, brought them home...
And realized they didn't fit. The sneaky Mont Blanc team had changed the shape of their refills (or maybe I had just picked a different model by mistake) ! Either way, I realized there was still hope - and went to work !
Step 1: What you'll need
- A Pilot G-2 pen. As it happens, it also works with PIlot G-Knocks ! About 2€ ;
- A Mont Blanc high capacity refill - from 6€ up ;
- An X-acto blade, because teeth just won't do ;
- A cutting mat, so you don't chop up that desk of yours ;
- A ruler to measure your cuts
Step 2: Comparing refills
Gladly enough, the refill comes with everything you need to make it work - a nice, rigid plastic cap. Thank you Mont Blanc !
Step 3: Measure twice, cut once !
- Cut away the top part of the cap - you won't need it.
- Cut a first piece, about 7 to 8 millimeters long ;
- Cut a second piece, about 10 to 12 millimeters long.
It's usually a good idea to cut these parts a bit longer than needed, and shave them down to the right size later - for example, cutting a 12 millimeters piece and then shaving it down to 11 or 12 depending on your needs.
Also, be careful as you cut away the cap - the piece you'll be cutting might just fly out across the room and you'll end up looking for it ! Makes up for a few frustrating moments.
If you've got all your little bits and pieces, you're ready to move on to the next step !
Step 4: Tip stopper
Step 5: Top filler
Step 6: Putting it all back together !
Thanks to Kingant once again for an awesome Instructables, without which I'd never have given this a shot. Perfect example of how we all stand on the shoulders of giants. Happy writing !