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Save $200 in 2 minutes and have the worlds best writing pen

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transform a $3 pen into a $200 pen in just seconds. Mont Blanc pens are the worlds finest writing pens but they make specialized refills so you must buy their $200+ pens to use their amazing ink...until now. This is the easiest hack/adaptation to give anyone the king's writing ink.
 
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Step 1:

Go out and find a Mont Blanc pen you like. Ask the salesperson to let you write with it...nice, huh? Now ask the price. When you've gotten over the sticker-shock, leave and go back to your good old G2. Remember what life was like before G2? The pens were cheap and the ink was like cheese. G2s were the best thing since clickable mechanical pencils. Even after we all had G2s, I still admired the uber-extravagant Mont Blanc people. Their pens were so smooth, they nearly wrote by themselves. Alas, at $200-$2000 a pen, that miraculous ink was out of the reach of the common man.....until now.

Step 2: Buy, don't shoplift.

Purchase the brand new G2 Pro and Mont Blanc Rollerball refills from your local office supply store. Cost: G2 Pro=$3, double Mont Blanc refil=$12

Step 3: Consider the Lillies.

Think about your life...are you pretentious? If you are, buy a standard retractable G2, so you can see the Mont Blanc brand name through the semi-opaque handle. If you are not, congratulations, you live for function and not form.

Step 4: Disassemble pen.

If you need help here, ask a 5 year old.

Step 5: If you don't have a 5 year old, make one.

(this step may take a while)

Step 6: One of these is not like the other.

Laying inks side by side, notice the similarities...hmmm...notice the difference? You're right. The Mont Blanc has about 1/8 inch of extra plastic on the end.

Step 7: I hope you spent more time noticing the similarities than the differences because we all have a lot more in common than different, even though we aren't all pens....


Step 8: Dial 911

(Due to the violent nature of this step, we have not included a picture) Using any sharp implement (scissors, knife, axe, etc) cut the refil to be the same length as the original ink. (please use adult supervision)

Step 9: Compare again

When you are done with step 8, it should look like this.
radellaf5 days ago

Or get a pen that uses the Schmidt capless 8126 refill, such as a Retro 51, easily under $25, and have a pen that looks and writes better than this hack. MontBlanc refills are good, but not the best. Pilot V5 RT refills can fit in a G2 as well.

Very easy hack! I used sand paper to adjust the length of the Mont Blanc refill.

It works beautifully!

fooblack1 month ago

In step 8, couldn't you just swap the plastic end caps instead of cutting off the end of the montblanc one?

Lilymars3 months ago

Hello,

"Instructive & amusing". But... I have a problem here.. Step 5 (make 5 year old), followed by Step 8 (Adult supervision).

Which step do you advise first? Surely Step 8 should be followed by Step 5 ??

Regards,

Confused....

regaltaxlaw4 months ago
Great idea!!!
I tried this out today and it works very well, even better than my G2!
Keep up the good work!
eanciano9 months ago
Not sure why anybody would want to use this hack. The Pilot G2 refills are gel refills, which write better than any Ballpoint pen, be they Parker, Cross, Pelikan, Waterman or Montblanc.

The reason you get a 'ontblanc is for the prestige and nice pen body, not the ink inside. Getti just the refills is a waste of time in my opinion. N fact, I've done the complete opposite of this instruct able: I've gotten more expensive pen bodies like Parker's, and bought cheap $1 pens and used their gel ink refills to put into the Nicer metal pen bodies.

Try it!
j0lt eanciano4 months ago
This man speaks the truth ! I've tried tried hundreds of different pens during my university studies until i found the one i truly liked. Pilot G2 pens are the best in my opinion. I honestly can't write comfortably with any other kind of pen and i did exactly was eanciano says. I took a Jotter Parker body (~$10 for the pen) and modified the G2 refills to fit inside.
npderive eanciano4 months ago
I am afraid I'd have to agree with eanciano. I was thinking the exact opposite of what the instructions stated. No one cares about G2 pens, and furthermore Gel pens write well. Get the best of both worlds, buy a nice pen that people will admire and will feel nice in your hands, and use cheap but smooth writing ink from G2. Costlier solution, but at least it has a tangible purpose.
This is interesting. I have a large jar full of all kinds of bic pens and every other kind of cheap pen like what you get as promotional items. I am curious, does the $200 pen do anything special, like write with some special ink used in signing valuable documents to prevent forgery, or is it just something nice to own, like a really top of the line tennis racket?
Great idea!!!
I tried this out today and it works very well, even better than my G2!
Keep up the good work!
maximzodal9 months ago
Just be aware Mont Blanc ink dries much faster/easier than other pens. Mont Blanc pens cover the tip with the cover cap instead of retracting, so the ink doesn't dry. I've ruined two of these modifications when I misplaced the pens for several months. Yeah, that's why I don't spend bucu bucks for pens! Now, if anyone has suggestions on how to revive a Mont Blanc refill?
Chloe810 months ago
wow, I have to try it!
I tried this today. It worked out great.
I now have 2 G2s with Mont Blanc inserts :)

The only difference was that I used coarse sandpaper to shorten the back end of the Mont Blanc insert vs an x-knife.

Thanks for the great article & instructions!
What's a G2?
Or just talk to SimSimi. He makes as much sense as a 5-year-old.
Or just talk to SimSimi. He makes as much sense as a 5-year-old.
Matt4281 year ago
this is suite!!!! I gotta try it. it has to save a lot of money!
Thanks for the insights! I used this to mod a Bic Velocity1.6 to use the Mont Blanc ball point by using a bit of the original pen's ink barrel as the spacer - it was a little trial and error to get the retraction mechanism to function but it just required nibbling away at the length of the spacer used...tried to use the blue "cap" the MB cartridge came with and it did not fit. I had cut it to the total length of the original ink barrel. That provided me with a starting length for cutting the end off the original barrel - note: the ink is filled to almost the end of the barrel...expect a mess. Thanks for the fun!
wombat_boy1 year ago
Cool! I have to try it!
Don't mix up your buffer spring with the pen spring. Big problems..
You could actually use the original ink and make this pen when it runs out.... Just a thought...(Figured it might be obvious though.)
Outside of this vocabulary lesson here, the pen is cool. This is awesome :)
mperdue1 year ago
This worked awesome. I used the regular G2 body since it was my previous go to pen and I had a lot of them laying around. Great for anyone who does a lot of writing like I do. Great instructable.
Oh, this is great. Just superb. This snarks alone are worth the price of admission; in fact, considering the initial outlay and the result, about 50X the price of admission!
helava7 years ago
If you lack a knife, it's trivial to grind down the back of this on the sidewalk.
Yaa.!
helava helava2 years ago
Weird thing is that after trying this several times, I've decided that I actually like the G2 Pro gel refills *better* than the Mont Blanc refills. They're easier to write with, and I like the way the end result looks more, *and* they feel better to me. And are cheaper!
And if your really desperate, use someones teeth, (they don't always have to be yours) And chew it off.
Plo Koon2 years ago
At the sight of the knife, the pen screamed," AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHH! NO! NO! PLEASE, NO!!"
But alas, its cries and pleas for mercy did not soften the Instrucableist's cruel, stone heart.
As the knife sawed through the defenseless pen, horrible screams of pain pierced and rent the air, and yet the brutal Instructableist was deaf to them.
Put It to the grinder, slowly..!
U IS SPOOKY!!!!!!
Thank you.
LOL
Yay now lets start sawing pencils for the sound it makes... MWHAHAHAHA
Izokay5 years ago
Can anyone help me with this step?
My thumbs are busted.!
lobo_pal Izokay5 years ago
Just don't start asking around a playground, you get in trouble.
ya people might think ur MJ or someone like that\
Hey reaspect for the dead
if you look when it was posted it was posted last year
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